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Social media around the globe

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Take a look around the globe to see where people like you are logging on.  You might be surprised to find that even though Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are popular all around the globe, they are not the only games in town for other countries. 

Boasting 1 billion users, Facebook always seems to be the global winner in the social media race.  It is amazing, just when we think we could not keep up with one more account, we find out that around the globe, there are popular and local alternatives to sites like Facebook or Google+ or Twitter. 

It's not just the locals paying attention to those sites, Hollywood big names are interested in keeping in touch with their fans wherever they are.  Look at Tom Cruise...he was the first Hollywood star to set up a page on the popular Russian social network Vkontakte, which means "In Contact" and has more than 40 million users from Russia. 

WBTV's cyber expert, Theresa Payton, gives you a quick trip around the globe to highlight some sites: 

1.  In the China and South Korea region, the popular hang out spot is Qzone.  At last count, Qzone was at roughly 550 million users.   Users can blog, share posts and photos.  It's a favorite in the 18-24 year old set.  Keep in mind, China blocks Facebook, Google, YouTube and Twitter so it makes it tough for anyone in that country to get access. 

2.  The Russians, when they go local for social media, prefer VKontakte also known as "VK".  They have reportedly 190 million users.  It allows it's users to post messages and share photos.  It consistently lists in the top 5 sites visited in Russia from other countries. 

3.  When the Iranian government reportedly blocked Facebook, Twitter, and Orkut, the Iranian people turned to Cloob.  As of right now, Cloob is still invitation only and has roughly 1 million users.  It's user base is predominately male. 

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