In January 2012, I reported how the big Russian portal operator was aping Chinese peers by launching its own microblog service.
Whilst China’s Twitter clones have flourished, as it approaches its first anniversary, message on the website:Futubra is to be closed. According to a
Figures for Futubra’s user based are not available. East-West: “ Group CEO Dmitry Grishin had publicly conceded this past July that Futubra’s audience was not meeting expectations.”
“If there is a reasonable market opportunity, we plan to increase our share in Vkontakte. Concrete negotiations are being held on a continuing basis … and we’ll [soon] reach our goals,” Usmanov said last week (via East-West).
“We are interested in acquiring any [additional] stake in Vkontakte. I believe in this company, which will be the phenomenon of the Russian internet.”