Orkut We Hardly Knew Ye

I signed up for Google’s Orkut social media site when it launched a decade ago, quickly gathered that it was useless, and never logged on again. Looks like I wasn’t the only one:


Google on Monday announced that it is shutting down the vintage site on Sept. 30.

“Over the past decade, YouTube, Blogger, and Google+ have taken off, with communities springing up in every corner of the world,” Google Engineering Director Paulo Golgher wrote in a post on the Orkut blog. “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.”

If I recall it correctly, Orkut was the Facebook for people without internet.


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