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  • 27 July 2009 | {CATEGORY}

    Training Facebook in the land of Vkontakte

    So, you are sitting in Ukraine, and you are wondering, “Do I train Facebook or do I train Vkontakte?” If you understand what both can do, which one is more powerful, you think the answer's easy—Facebook. Then you realize that Vkontakte is the website that gets the most traffic in Ukraine, among ALL websites. Yeah, it's that popular. Facebook? No. 36.
  • 22 July 2009 | {CATEGORY}

    Teaching Twitter in Ukraine

    Twitter has a number of uses that make it a powerful tool for research, communication, and broadcast that are rather distinct in the Web world. On the other hand, it's not something widely used in Ukraine. With Twitter, it becomes possible for real time reporting from citizens, coal miners, news media, public safety officials, and so on. And seconds can mean the difference between life and death.
  • 19 June 2009 | {CATEGORY}

    Where is Web 2.0 in Ukraine?

    Ben Colmery, a media development trainer trying to convince Ukrainian journalists to use online social networks, videos and micro-blogging in their reporting, finds that Ukraine is a country emerging from a long and brutal history of authoritarian control of information, secrecy, and propaganda. Information was long the real currency of the Soviet Union. People had money, but there was nothing to buy on the shelves. You needed information to know who had the goods that you could then buy with your money. So, information was horded, and exchanged like a commodity. In his experience in Ukraine, a lot of people still relate to information this way.