Orkut was one of the most famous social networks in the earlier part of the decade 2010. In Asia and South America, Orkut was the first successful social media and it paved the path for Facebook. Google’s once thriving social media website has been massacred by Facebook and Google is now finally pulling the plug on Orkut.
Orkut is going to shut down by Google in October 2014 after 10 years of service. The social media was practically dead since 2008 in most parts of the world except Brazil and India. Google Brazil had been maintaining the social media website since 2008 but as Google is looking to establish Google Plus as its prime social media networking website, the time is right to say goodbye to Orkut.
Google has remove the option of New Sign Ups on Orkut. While current users can continue to contribute to the site until October. Once the deadline passes, they'll be able to export their profile data, community posts and photos using Google's Takeout tool for up to a year after it closes its doors.
Orkut emerged from the “20 percent program” of Google. This program gave the Google employees freedom to work 20 percent of their office hours on a side project. This is what Google had to say on the Shut Down.
Its been a great 10 years, and we apologize to those still actively using the service. We hope people will find other online communities to spark more conversations and build even more connections for the next decade and beyond.
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