Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) is now shutting down the very old social networking website, Orkut, this September. It is very unfortunate that the Mountain view giant is terminating it as there are less people using it right now ( roughly 270,000 people every day).
Orkut came in existence almost ten years ago and now is bidding us good bye. It shaped the Internet in much better way and provided a new platform for the people to communicate, it came up with a new idea of scrapbook, where people can just message each other or send beautiful animated pictures. It allowed them to communicate with the people without providing any email.
Orkut blog said, “Ten years ago, Orkut was Google’s first foray into social networking. Built as a “20 percent” project, Orkut communities started conversations, and forged connections, that had never existed before. Orkut helped shape life online before people really knew what “social networking” was.”
The fall of Orkut came when the Facebook was introduced, yet another new concept which is still attracting people around the world. Facebook was continuously laddering up to more users, whereas the Orkut was just laying flat and was losing its users. Although Google denied to give any number of accounts left on the Orkut, we believe that the majority of it are dead or with no activity.
Google said, “We will shut down Orkut on September 30, 2014. Until then, there will be no impact on current Orkut users, to give the community time to manage the transition. People can export their profile data, community posts and photos using Google Takeout (available until September 2016). Starting today, it will not be possible to create a new Orkut account.”
“It’s 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,” they included.