Who is Orkut?

I’m Orkut. You may not know me but 13 years ago I started a social network called orkut.com while I was working as an engineer at Google. I’m the guy orkut.com was named after.

Is Orkut available in Brazil?

Orkut was one of the most visited websites in India and Brazil in 2008. In 2008, Google announced that Orkut would be fully managed and operated in Brazil, by Google Brazil, in the city of Belo Horizonte. This was decided due to the large Brazilian user base and growth of legal issues.

What happened to the Orkut community?

In 2014 when Google announced that orkut would be shutting down, it was a sad moment for us. orkut had become a community of over 300 million people and was such an amazing adventure for all of us. Nobody wanted to lose what we had created together. We met amazing new people. We went on dates. We found new jobs.

What are the features of Orkut?

Orkut’s features and interface changed significantly with time. Initially, each member could become a fan of any of the friends in their list and also evaluate whether their friend is “Trustworthy”, “Cool”, “Sexy” on a scale of 1 to 3 (marked by icons), which was aggregated as a percentage.

What do you say to your friends on Orkut?

It’s also why I created the world’s first social network when I was a grad student at Stanford, and it’s why I have dedicated my life to helping people connect with each other. So to all my friends, thank you for making orkut such a loving community. I’m so blessed to share this world with you.

What is the difference between Orkut and Facebook?

While Orkut was limited to personal interactions in the major part of its life span, Facebook emerged as a huge platform for online marketing and advertisements. Facebook generated its revenue by ads that worked in synergy with all of the parties involved.

What do we miss most about Orkut?

Of course, Orkut had a few unique features we miss today, be it the then scandalous ‘crush list’ or even the testimonials we wrote to each other and how can we forget the themes we customized ourselves which was not the case with other sites. The website witnessed two major updates to design after its launch.