Students at Moscow State University packed an auditorium Tuesday night for a speech by Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg, who told them that his company's social network will overtake its local competitors.
Speaking at the Russian equivalent of Harvard, considered by some to be the most prestigious university in the country, the Facebook co-founder and Harvard dropout predicted that Russians will ultimately choose Facebook for its ease of use.
Zuckerberg acknowledged that he is facing an uphill climb.
"It isn't going to happen in one day," he said, RIA-Novosti
Currently, Russian social-networking website Vkontakte has nearly 140 million
The third day of Zuckerberg's Russian trip also included a visit with the management of Internet giant Yandex. Citing an anonymous source, RIA-Novosti
The day's rounds followed an appearance Monday on late-night talk show "Vecherny Urgant." Host Ivan Urgant
Zuckerberg is making his trip to scope out talent, he has said repeatedly.
At the Moscow session of Facebook's World Hack competition on Monday, Zuckerberg said there's an advantage to designing for his company "instead of the local social networks."
With Facebook, "you have the opportunity to reach almost a billion people," Zuckerberg