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How to use VK, Russian social network | Social networks

VK is the most popular social network in Russia and the ninth most accessed website in the world, according to Similar Web, with 477 million accounts. The platform is similar to Facebook and has features such as posting texts, photos and videos, in addition to groups, native music services and an advertising tool. Available in the web version and in apps for Windows, Android and iOS, the site allows you to choose between 86 language options, such as Portuguese and English.

Interest in the service has grown here since the Brazil-Mexico game, in the round of 16 of the World Cup, held last Monday (2), when a mysterious fan, the Russian Yuri Torsky, was caught with a peculiar look and curled up in the Brazilian flag. The image went viral, won several memes and thus began the saga in search of his name, which rocked the Internet. The case was solved after the discovery of his profile on VK. Check below how to use and what are the main features of the social network.

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VK is a Russian social network that drew attention after curiosity in the World Cup game between Brazil and Mexico Photo: Divulgao / VKVK is a Russian social network that drew attention after curiosity in the World Cup game between Brazil and Mexico Photo: Divulgao / VK

VK is a Russian social network that drew attention after curiosity in the World Cup game between Brazil and Mexico Photo: Divulgao / VK

To create an account on the social network, you can choose between Facebook login data or email registration. In this tutorial we will exemplify the first case.

Step 1. Click on the "Continue with Facebook" button;

Create the VK account with Facebook data Photo: Reproduo / Taysa CoelhoCreate the VK account with Facebook data Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho

Create the VK account with Facebook data Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho

Step 2. In the window that opens, enter your data in the corresponding fields and then go to "Enter";

Enter your Facebook login data to create a VK account Photo: Reproduo / Taysa CoelhoEnter your Facebook login data to create a VK account Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho

Enter your Facebook login data to create a VK account Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho

Step 3. Then click on "Continue as XXXX" to allow access to your data on the Russian platform;

Login to VK with Facebook data Photo: Reproduo / Taysa CoelhoLogin to VK with Facebook data Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho

Login to VK with Facebook data Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho

Step 4. For the first access, the network sends an access code to your smartphone. Therefore, in the upper field, select the country, and below, enter the mobile number. Then, select "Get code";

Register smartphone to receive SMS with VK access code Photo: Reproduo / Taysa CoelhoRegister smartphone to receive SMS with VK access code Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho

Register smartphone to receive SMS with VK access code Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho

Step 5. Enter the code received by SMS and confirm in "Send code";

Insert the code sent to the cell phone by VK Photo: Reproduo / Taysa CoelhoInsert the code sent to the cell phone by VK Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho

Insert the code sent to the cell phone by VK Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho

Step 6. In this step, you need to create a password of at least six characters. Finally, click on "Enter the site";

Create a password to access the VK with the specifications of the social network Photo: Reproduo / Taysa CoelhoCreate a password to access the VK with the specifications of the social network Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho

Create a password to access the VK with the specifications of the social network Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho

Step 7. The image below means that the account was created successfully. Follow "Continue" to make the first access to the VK.

Confirmation of VK account creation Photo: Reproduction / Taysa CoelhoConfirmation of VK account creation Photo: Reproduction / Taysa Coelho

Confirmation of VK account creation Photo: Reproduction / Taysa Coelho

Step 1. To include or edit the information in the VK, touch the arrow located next to the thumbnail of the profile photo, on the upper right side of the screen, and click "Edit";

Go to "Edit" on the VK to fill in your personal information Photo: Reproduction / Taysa CoelhoGo to "Edit" on the VK to fill in your personal information Photo: Reproduction / Taysa Coelho

Go to "Edit" on the VK to fill in your personal information Photo: Reproduction / Taysa Coelho

Step 2. On the page that opens, include the data you want and complete the process using the "Save" button;

Insert or edit data in VK in a simple way Photo: Reproduo / Taysa CoelhoInsert or edit data in VK in a simple way Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho

Insert or edit data in VK in a simple way Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho

Step 3. On the right side, all subcategories of information are available, such as "Contacts", "Interests", "Education", "Employment", among others. Fill in the ones you prefer and save the records in "Save".

Save the information in "Save" Photo: Reproduction / Taysa CoelhoSave the information in "Save" Photo: Reproduction / Taysa Coelho

Save the information in "Save" Photo: Reproduction / Taysa Coelho

Possibilities of publications on the VK homepage Photo: Reproduo / Taysa CoelhoPossibilities of publications on the VK homepage Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho

Possibilities of publications on the VK homepage Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho

VK allows users to publish different types of content, just like Facebook. Text messages can be accompanied by photos, videos, audio files and documents, for example. It is also possible to post more extensive content in the form of an article (in a format similar to that of blogs).

VK articles are an alternative to common text posting Photo: Reproduo / Taysa CoelhoVK articles are an alternative to common text posting Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho

VK articles are an alternative to common text posting Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho

The platform also guarantees the sharing of citations in the form of notes, location, in addition to the sale of items (in the "Article" option). There is also the possibility of making a drawing (in "Grafitti") and conducting surveys. The social network allows the scheduling of the publication of each content and the choice of how long it should remain on the air, through the timer.

Selling products on VK can be done in the "Articles" category Photo: Reproduo / Taysa CoelhoSelling products on VK can be done in the "Articles" category Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho

Selling products on VK can be done in the "Articles" category Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho

In the "My page" section, accessible through the side menu or by clicking on the thumbnail of the profile photo, on the right side of the screen, the user can view all posts and actions taken, like other people's likes, photos, videos and published articles , among other information.

"Minha pgina" on VK brings the record of actions taken by the user Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho

The "Friends" option is for the user to view those profiles already added and search for new contacts. To do this, simply type the person's name in the search field and press the "Enter" key. If you find someone you are looking for, click on "Add as friend" and wait until the request is accepted.

Search for friends in the simple VK, just use the search field of the social network Photo: Reproduo / Taysa CoelhoSearch for friends in the simple VK, just use the search field of the social network Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho

Search for friends in the simple VK, just use the search field of the social network Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho

Similar to Facebook, VK has groups that bring together people with common interests. The communities in which the user is part are displayed and the option to search for new ones. To do this, simply type the topic of interest in the search field and press "Enter" to view the result. By clicking on "Subscribe", the person already becomes a member (or needs to wait for the moderator's authorization).

VK groups serve as a means of contact with people with similar interests Photo: Reproduo / Taysa CoelhoVK groups serve as a means of contact with people with similar interests Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho

VK groups serve as a means of contact with people with similar interests Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho

The Russian platform also supports creating and publishing photo albums. The user can assign a name and description to the set of images and, at creation, select who can see them.

The photo album in VK allows you to define privacy when viewing Foto: Reproduo / Taysa CoelhoThe photo album in VK allows you to define privacy when viewing Foto: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho

The photo album in VK allows you to define privacy when viewing Foto: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho

The Music tool is a way for network users to share musical tastes. With it, you can listen to your favorite songs, create playlists, check service suggestions and even check your friends' updates. A difference is that an artist's playlist or album can be heard even when using other VK sections, since the player remains at the top of the screen. a kind of Spotify within the site.

VK has a "type" of Spotify to call his Photo: Reproduo / Taysa CoelhoVK has a "type" of Spotify to call his Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho

VK has a "type" of Spotify to call his Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho

The VK video section guarantees everyone's access to a library with all public films posted or broadcast live on the platform. Through this section, you can share your own audiovisual content and start broadcasting in real time for your followers or open to other subscribers.

VK video library Photo: Reproduo / Taysa CoelhoVK video library Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho

VK video library Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho

Another function known to Facebook users that also exists on the Russian network is games. The problem is that all (or a good part of them) are in Russian, which can be complicated to understand and thus impair performance in play.

VK games are in Russian Photo: Reproduction / Taysa CoelhoVK games are in Russian Photo: Reproduction / Taysa Coelho

VK games are in Russian Photo: Reproduction / Taysa Coelho

In Articles, you can search for products sold by other people and also advertise yours. However, there is no standard metric unit for the items offered, as well as the translation of the original published content. Thus, the function becomes confusing and of little use to Brazilians.

The catalog of VK articles can be quite confusing due to the lack of translation Foto: Reproduo / Taysa CoelhoThe catalog of VK articles can be quite confusing due to the lack of translation Foto: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho

The catalog of VK articles can be quite confusing due to the lack of translation Foto: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho

Take advantage of the tips and explore all the tools available on VK.

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