Orkut, Sachin Karpe

Orkut, Google’s first social networking site, will cease to exist with the Internet giant deciding to shut down the service launched 10 years ago. Orkut, the widely used social networking website in India and Brazil, will shut down on September 30. Since facebook, YouTube, Blogger and Google+ have been growing on a greater extent, these platforms have outspaced the growth of orkut and so according to Google its time to shut it down utter Sachin Karpe.

One reason why google will shut orkut down is to focus on its other social networking initiatives. The company declined to say how many users Orkut has. Google has increasingly sought to position Google+ less as a social networking “stream” that competes with Facebook, and more as a means of establishing a unified “user identity” system to improve Google’s various Web properties.

Last year, for example, Google began requiring users of its YouTube site to sign in with their Google+ identity before posting comments about videos. The company said it would preserve an archive of all Orkut “communities” that will be available from September 30. So for all the avid fans and users Orkut this would be the last two to enjoy the games, scrap posts etc.


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