In this way, it's as much a dating site as a social network: You can filter by city, age, relationship status, what a user finds "important in others," and even their view on smoking.Lee compares the move away from agencies to similar changes in the travel industry.Thanks to Google Translate, they no longer need the expensive translation services provided by many agencies.And not only are they cheaper, the men believe cruising social networks where "normal" foreign women hang out is a more authentic experience than a matchmaking agency's website."As corny as that sounds, of all the girls I friend requested and messaged, even after the first online conversation something stood out about her." When he met her in person in Ukraine just a few weeks later, they were "inseparable."Last Monday, he flew to Ukraine to bring Chumakova back to the U. They just passed an interview at the American Embassy for Chumakova to get her fiancée visa and are waiting for it to arrive in the mail."Then we can buy tickets to travel back to america! So far, though, theirs is something of a success story for this new subsection of the international dating scene.VKontakte translates roughly to "In Touch," but I was not there to make lasting friendships.I wanted to find and speak to some of the young women who have drawn foreign bachelors with the hopes of finding Eastern European wives to the site.
They complain that the agencies are corrupt, and more interested in making money than matches.
But VKontakte has since developed some distinct features—most notably, a vast catalog of pirated HD movies and music, which you can stream right from your profile—that have made it far more popular than Facebook.
VKontakte also has a remarkably in-depth user search function that would never fly with privacy-obsessed Facebook users.
In contrast, Ukrainian men hardly ever message her—"it's not in [their] nature."But the messages she receives, she said, are invariably dull.
"Standard compliments, inviting to visit them," Galugan said.