Google Is Shutting Down Orkut, Its First Social Network, On September 30

orkut-logo Google announced today that it is shutting down its first social network, Orkut, on September 30. Orkut, launched in 2004 and named after Google engineer Orkut Büyükkökten, who created it, was very popular in Brazil, where for years it was the leading social network. Facebook finally surpassed it the country in January 2012. Orkut was also heavily used in India, but never gained traction in the U.S. and with the creation of Google+ three years ago, the end of Orkut was only a matter of time. "It's been a great 10 years, and we apologize to those still actively using the service [...]


Google Automatically Creates New Orkut Accounts For Any Logged-in Google User That Visits Orkut.com

google-orkut-logos If you have a Google account -- and who among us doesn't? -- you might want to be careful about visiting Google's other social network, Orkut. Google is automatically creating new Orkut accounts for anyone that visits Orkut.com while already logged in to a Google account. (Try it yourself if you don't mind having an Orkut account setup for you.) If you also have a Google+ account, Google will take the data from it (your name and avatar) to auto-populate your new Orkut account. Frank Strong noticed this a couple days ago; we reached out to Google for comment, but the company hasn't replie [...]


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