Orkut: A social network or illicit network?

A Guest post by Shoby Awan

Most of the people who use internet are well aware of “Orkut” a social networking website.  But besides social networking this website is being used for immoral activities, which is a great threat to the future of our young generation.  I have been using Orkut for last 4 years and spent a lot of time on this website.  Amongst variety of people, I came across, some are really good and helpful and using this social network in positive manner and to help each other.  But some of them in fact most of them are using this portal in a wrong way.

Today these bad activities that I have been witnessing for a long time made me to write this article.  May be I’ll be able to draw net user’s attention towards this and may I could save someone’s life.  But let me share my experience and research on Orkut with you.

In past four years I have gone through many experiences on Orkut.  Initially I didn’t have much knowledge about this site.  Somehow I got an invitation through an email sent to me by a friend of mine and I created a profile.  I knew a few friends of mine who already had profiles there, so I added them and then I came to know that one can view others profile and add them as friends.

Soon I started visiting different communities and profiles.  I made some good friends on this who are still my friends and really helped me many ways.  But at the same time I had some very interesting friends in my list and of course those included female friends too.

Things got more interesting when I started browsing communicating and came to know that Orkut is used for different immoral and un-ethical activities. Especially, girls spread their cell numbers on their profiles or through emails.  Then they ask for cards from boys and make fun with them on phone.

Interesting part is that some of those boys can’t talk with them even after giving cards.  I asked one girl how much cards she gets in a day and I was surprised when she told me that she gets the cards worth of almost Rs. 2,000 in a day.  Just imagine if a girl is getting Rs. 2,000 balance in a single day for only 2-3 hours, how much she is getting per month? (terrible).

That is one scenario of looting people the other way is girls make friendship with boys and then after some days ask for some money like Rs. 2,000 to 5,000.  Some people don’t think and give money to them.  They even don’t show their selves.  They do it in a very organized manner; even I tried to catch them with the help of my friend but could not do so.

That was one aspect of Orkut.  Let me tell you another way.  That is more horrible and dangerous for our innocent and young generation.  There are certain communities those are totally immoral and leading our youngster to the ignorance and they are going far away from religion.  In these communities they discuss freely about sexual relationships and even develop immoral relationships with each other even with the same gender which is very disgusting.  These Orkut users have complete clubs and organizations (virtual).  The worst part of this is, that sometimes these boys trap the girls and make physical relations, take pictures or make videos.  Then blackmail those and use them for their needs.

This is not the end yet.  Orkut is a huge source of pornography and vulgarity. Here people upload the vulgar pictures and videos to attract the young ones.  There is no restriction for such kind of pictures and videos.

This site also has no picture protection and some criminal minded member grab pictures of others and create fake profiles which is another threatening and alarming thing for all of us.

When I see all this on Orkut and a thought comes in my mind that where are we going?  What nation we are representing?  Is this the image we should have?  I don’t find any answer for all these questions but I want to advise all of you that please, do something to protect our future, our children, our sisters and daughters.  We still have the time to save our youngsters, but soon it will be very difficult for us to control all this.  Please be the first ones to spread awareness of these threats. Share your ideas and thoughts to stop this.

Thanks,

Shoby!

Tech reporter with over 10 years of experience, founder of ProPakistani.PK


  • zazo

    Dear Aamir,
    I certainly agree with the post above where you mentioned those negative and destructive activities on orkut, but you should not ignore the positivity as well. Orkut for specially Indians, Pakistanis and Braslians is a only social networking site which attracts both good and bad people. If you are looking on those who use orkut for wrong purpose than tell me any single social networking site which dont have these types of people.
    If orkut gave a wide place for people who are using it in wrong way, than orkut also gives a place to learn, explore and understands culture, society, education and relationship. I am not an orkut employee or their representative but I like your research made my conclusion and featured those people who really made an example for a better, secure and positive socialnetworking.
    I liked your blog and wish to visit it often.
    Thankyou,
    Best,
    zazo.

    • shoby

      @zazo, , i never said in my post that orkut doesn’t have it’s benefits. I just tried to highlight those immoral and unethical activities. And you can not deny all these facts. i do agree with you its positive worth as well. but there is a smaller number of people use this positively as compared to negative users.

      Thx for your thoughts

      Shoby

  • Xainab Mirza

    Our youth must stay away from this kind of socializing net work and other similar networks and concentrate on nation building activities.

    • Anon

      @Xainab Mirza, i think we must be in all new stuff available over internet…coz this really adds value to competition of global village… Yeh! but we need to be little confined and post articles for precautions or avoidance measures. we must post avoidance measures constantly…coz everything has both ends. +ive & -ive.. we need to create benchmarks for +ives and spread info for +ive..

    • Dint getcha

      @Xainab Mirza,
      Youth should stay away from immoral activities, not from social networking sites. Would you not visit a foreign country just because there are prostitutes on street there when you can simply stay away from them if you want to? Same is the case with social networking sites. Don’t generalise. Target the issue and issue alone

  • Mian Shazir

    Mr Shoby
    i m completly agree with your post and geatfull that some one has taken a view in such a positive way, to overcome the problem which v have to face in future with our kids , v should manage a group on orket and v must write emails to orkut team to take necessary action against such profiles

    Regards
    Mian Shazir
    [email protected]

  • Awais jaan

    hi 03133500626

  • Dint getcha

    Why blame Orkut? Why don’t you blame the fools who fall for it. I mean how stupid can one be? And such activities are not restricted to Orkut alone, as a matter of fact it happens in all social networking sites, I don’t understand why you single out one site and dissect it like this. Talk abt being one sided

    • Shoby

      @Dint getcha, My friend i dont wana blame anyone,.. neither a site nor those fools as u said. coz if i blame to those people it wont have any positive effect… I just want them to b aware of harmful results they may face..

      thx for ur thought…

  • DocMood

    I’d punish these sites by having PTCL block them completely along with a whole bunch of others.
    Did you know that Porn sites are THE MOST POPULAR SITES IN PAKISTAN ?

    Go to Alexa.com and lookup the top 100 sites for Pakistan and you will see that they are mostly PORN.
    Why doesn’t the ISLAMIC republic of Pakistan block them? They certainly are NOT necessary for the tech sector, business sector or the youth for their studies.

    • DocMood

      @DocMood, and before I get flamed, there are other sites that do a great job and actually moderate and control what goes on such as Naseeb.

  • Ahmead Ali Aslam

    hi

  • aparna

    hey…..i do agree that these sites r nt gud for de youth…..bt dun ya think dat its our own fault also
    !i mean it depends on de person how to use de site…
    im a membr on orkut frm 2.5 years n hve met all ma old sculmates whm i had nevr thought i will……

    as v knw…..everything has pros n cons…so y blame orkut…its de users who r solely responsible for it…
    dre r still users on de site who r sincerely their to reconnect wd old frends!!

  • maani

    a good article that reflects the true reality of the orkut network and what is it used for it describes the true image that is destroying our youth i know many people that are usin the orkut for just the entertainment purposes and for sexual relationship that iz too disastrous the youth of our country that iz going to hold our pakistan in their hands is taking part in those type of srupid activities that are prohibited by islam if i got the authority i will ban all those sort of activities at once

  • Ahmad Mushtaq

    Salam!

    @DocMood
    We can’t block these sites because there are many who use it for good purposes. As far as negative uses are concerned, Google should be blamed for all this. Google is just expanding its business in almost every possible internet usage but its bad to see that it can’t handle them perfectly!