Google to Shut Down Orkut in September


Google has announced to shut down one of the earliest social networking service, Orkut.

Build as a “20 percent” project (which allowed employees to work on individual products and ideas), Orkut started forging connections in 2004.

The service was designed to help users meet new and old friends and maintain existing relationships online.

The idea was pretty much the same as today’s social networking websites but it failed to gather the attention of masses. Interestingly Orkut had a huge fan base from Brazil, India and Pakistan till 2010.

There’s is a less known fact that Orkut was actually named after its creator, a Turkish Google employee, Orkut Büyükkökten.

In a blog post announcing the termination of Orkut, Paulo Golgher, Engineering Director Google wrote:

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 (or, tchau). We’ll be focusing our energy and resources on making these other social platforms as amazing as possible for everyone who uses them.

Orkut service will shut down on September 30, 2014 ─ until then there is no impact on the current users, but no new registrations are allowed. Users can export their profile data, posts and photos using Google Takeout until September 2016. Orkut users can also connect their profiles to Google+ and export their photos albums to Google+ Photos.

A screenshot from my Orkut profile

Google has also announced that an archive of all public communities will be preserved and made available online starting September 30, 2014. 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.

Orkut mobile application from Google Play and Apple iTunes has also been removed, but those who have already downloaded it can use it until September 30.

Do share your opinion about this “sad” news in the comments section below, have you ever used Orkut and when was the last time you logged in to this service?

  • I was an active orkut user ages ago! I don’t remember when I last used it. I think it’s a good decision. I hope they further improve Google+ user experience!

      • I think next they will buy Facebook, that’s the only option they have now.
        so many examples in US tech industry, bari machli choti machli ko kha rahi ha ;)

        • hahahahha…!!!! Facebook bought Whatsapp at 19 billion dollars which has 400 million users. On the other side, Facebook has 1 billion users that cost goes around at 19+19+5= 43 billion dollars. Only an idiot can buy Facebook. :D

  • Why they are shutting Orkut? because million of users are registered and of corse they generate million of dollars through adsence. They don’t really care?

    • These are difficult decision to take but for better future we need to take them. You will get all features in Google+ shortly. :-)

    • @disqus_ho5Sa2OsOt:disqus, bhai kesi baten kerty ho, adsense say kese earn karen gay , wo million users main sy thousands bhi orkut use nhi kerty. Or second google adsense say he nahi chalta bus.
      mere liye Ramzan gift hai tumhary liye, wese tum Inaam Ghar atay to acha tha chalo idar he lay lo :D :D

      • Thanks for your gift!
        In the world, there are about one billion websites and Orkut stands 6100. Go to Wikipedia, Orkut supports advertising via Adsence. There is only one reason Google is multi-billionaire company, Google that stands top 1 in the world, Orkut ranking is just like an insult for them. Zara Sochye :D

  • I am freelancer, i recently worked on a project and build that to ground up. We started getting lots of customers per day but we after 7-8 month shutdown the project for better future. This is the way to go. Don’t be emotional!

    We Pakistani think that if a project running, keep it running but thats very bad approach, better you go on with extra hardwork on other feasible projects, saving time, resources and ofcourse money.

  • I joined Orkut in 2008, got connected with my college friends. It was like dream world for me. Ah! those golden days. Last time I saw my profile by near June 2011. :)

    • Oey Apni Photo Kun Utarli Tune??
      Suutey Wali Dobara Laga Alla Pic Thi Woh!!

  • I have been using Orkut from almost since its start for almost 4/5 years and then it was very much busy social site, now I occasionally login to there once in months. Good bye Orkut….

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