Odnoklassniki to go local in Uzbek

Apr 27, 2012
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Popular Russian social network Odnoklassniki will be localized in Uzbekistan, according to Trend.az.

First, the mobile version will be translated as a significant number of Uzbek users–about 1.55 million of 2 million–access the site through mobile devices. In fact, about 20 percent of the whole mobile audience of Odnoklassniki is Uzbek.

The next step will be translating the web version of the site as well as applications for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone 7.

In Uzbekistan, Odnoklsassniki is the leading social network. About a quarter of the 7.5 million users access the website daily, while only about 129,000 people have Facebook accounts.

A local Uzbek social network Muloqot, created with the support of the state telecom monopoly in August 2011 is still far from catching up with the Russian giant. Muloqot, or “dialogue”, “conversation” has a little over 22,500 users today. The launching of the website was considered by some activists as the first step to ban Facebook in the country. Despite government attempts to crackdown, Internet use in Uzbekistan continues to grow.

(Front page image courtesy Wikicommons user Stomac)

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