A Farewell to Orkut

You’ve probably never heard of Orkut (unless you’re Brazilian) and I didn’t even recall having an account with them, but yesterday I received an email from Google telling me they were closing the service down. Orkut was Google’s version of Facebook; launched in 2004 it became one of India and Brazil’s most popular websites. However, Facebook eclipsed it in the rest of the Western World and if you live in the West (outside of Brazil) then you’ve probably never heard of it. Google say that the growth in YouTube and Google+ means that Orkut is no longer needed. It lasted longer than Google Buzz though, which barely lasted a year.

from The Universal Machine http://universal-machine.blogspot.com/2014/07/a-farewell-to-orkut.html


About driwatson
I'm a New Zealand author, computer scientist and blogger specialising in Artificial Intelligence. I also have an interest in the history of computing and have just written a popular science book called "The Universal Machine - from the dawn of computing to digital consciousness."

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