Orkut’s demise

Google has announced that it is calling it a day on it’s social media site Orkut.

The site is going to be shut down on September 30, 2014. Not many people in Northern America, Europe or Asia will blink an eyelid though. Orkut never gained a lot of popularity in those parts of the world.

People in Brazil will be less happy as it was/is a big site there. Google probably thought that given the excitement of the world cup, not too many people would notice.

But, every black cloud has a silver lining. You can transfer everything you ever did on Orkut to Google Plus. Or in Google’s own words:

A Farewell to Orkut

After ten years of sparking conversations and forging connections, we have decided it’s time for us to start saying goodbye to Orkut. Over the past decade, YouTube, Blogger and Google+ have taken off, with communities springing up in every corner of the world. Because the growth of these communities has outpaced Orkut’s growth, we’ve decided to focus our energy and resources on making these other social platforms as amazing as possible for everyone who uses them.

We will shut down Orkut on September 30, 2014. Until then, there will be no impact on you, so you may have time to manage the transition. You can export your profile data, community posts and photos using Google Takeout (available until September 2016). We are preserving an archive of all public communities, which will be available online starting September 30, 2014. If you don’t want your posts or name to be included in the community archive, you can remove Orkut permanently from your Google account. Please visit our Help Center for any further details.

It’s been a great 10 years, and we apologize to those of you still actively using the service. We hope you will find other online communities to spark more conversations and build even more connections for the next decade and beyond.

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