Saturday, July 5, 2014

Orkut – Shut down in progress

How many scraps you got today? How many friends you have in Orkut?

May be these questions will take you some 6 years back, when Orkut was at its prime. Indians woke up to the world of social network through Orkut. Individuals used to do anything to increase the number of friends or increase the number of scraps in Orkut. Slowly Indians along with Brazilians (Orkut was heavily popular in these two countries) forgot Orkut and moved to other social networking platforms like Facebook and Twitter. Scraps become Likes, Pokes and Tweets!!!

Today just like many other Orkut member I too got a letter from Google announcing the end of Orkut.

“We will shut down Orkut on September 30, 2014. Until then, there will be no impact on you, so you may have time to manage the transition. You can export your profile data, community posts and photos using Google Takeout (available until September 2016). We are preserving an archive of all public communities, which will be 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...

It's been a great 10 years, and we apologize to those of you still actively using the service. We hope you will find other online communities to spark more conversations and build even more connections for the next decade and beyond. - Google”
RIP Orkut.

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