Russian social network founder fired

emergentfutures:

The founder of Russia’s most popular social network site says he has been fired and that allies of President Putin have taken over his site.

Pavel Durov who ran VKontakte had previously announced he was leaving the company but said he had withdrawn his resignation.

The company denied it had been withdrawn.

Mr Durov had previously refused requests from the Russian government to censor posts on his site.

In a statement Mr Durov said that he only found out about the loss of his job from press reports: “Today I was fired as general director of VKontakte. It’s interesting that the shareholders didn’t have the bravery to do this directly, and that I learned about my firing from the press.

Lamenting the demise of instant messaging as a popular communication method

I’ve been thinking alot about instant messaging lately. I miss having my ALL of my friends and co-workers quickly available via iCHAT, AOL IM, or MSN messenger. Video and voice are great, but instant messaging was so efficient and it was supported across all hardware platforms. In March, Microsoft is shutting down MSN messenger to push people to their expensive investment in Skype, but most people don’t even know Skype can do instant messaging. Social has muddied the waters of one on one text chat. And IM platforms feel more fragmented than ever. What do you use know for “instant messaging now? SMS?, Skype? Facebook? Do you still use instant messaging platforms and keep them open on your mobile or desktop?