Bye Bye Orkut: Google announces shut down of its first Social networking site

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Come September and Google will shut down its early social-networking service, Orkut, which has failed to give Google a headstart in the social networking space.

A service that saw early adopters in Brazil & India but hasn’t found enough takers in other parts of the world, will bid adieu on September 30th. While no new accounts can be opened on Orkut, existing users will be able to use their services normally till the 30 September. Today, an estimated 50 percent of Orkut users are in Brazil, 20 percent in India and sub 18 percent are from the U.S.

“Over the past decade, YouTube, Blogger and Google+ have taken off, with communities springing up in every corner of the world. Because the growth of these communities has outpaced Orkut’s growth, we’ve decided to bid Orkut farewell,” Google said in a post on the Orkut blog.

It is interesting trivia to know that Orkut was born as a result of Google’s 20 percent initiative,which allowed employees to spend 20 percent of their working week on new projects.

Google has announced that it will archive all Orkut communities.”If you don’t want your posts or name to be included in the community archive, you can remove Orkut permanently from your Google account,” Google said. The Orkut app is also being removed from Google Play and the App Store.

It is interesting to know that Orkut had its genesis in 2004, the same year that Facebook was founded, which is currently the world’s No.1 social network with 1.28 billion users.

Shutting down Orkut seems to be a part of Google’s spring-cleaning mission, which has seen other closures such as Google Apps for Teams, Google Listen and Google Video for Business, as well as several Google-created blogs for products and services. It also put a stop to Google Sync, a host of calendar features, and punched.

9 thoughts on “Bye Bye Orkut: Google announces shut down of its first Social networking site

  1. Due to big down fall in popularity Google has taken a big step. Sad news for orkut lovers..but no worry we have facebook and many more…will miss you orkut !

  2. Nothing to worry about because I think Google will Surely launch something new and better than Orkut. We have to wait and watch Google’s next step.

  3. Don’t worry! we have another social networking sites Google+ and Facebook then why need Orkut. I remember, i used Orkut in 2009 and never login again. Good by Orkut miss you loot!!!!

    1. I think most of us had created their first social networking profile on Orkut, its true that facebook have its own charm….but still atleast i have some unforgettable memories with Orkut….. miss u Orkut!!!

    1. Yes, you are right. It will take time to understand new area if we change old. After Orkut we are familiar with Facebook and spending lots of time but when we talk about Google product like Google+, I never used it

  4. In the starting of Orkut, around 8 years ago, I was active member of this networking site but feeling sad after hearing about it is now going to shut down. It’s really very sad moment for all of them who still on orkut. As I heard orkut still have more than 3 Millions of Users. No worry, we have two biggest social networking hubs Google+ and Facebook. Good bye Orkut….. Miss u !!

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