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Google: Orkut Will Co-Exist With Google+ 64

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splitenz writes "Google's other social networking site, Orkut, which has been around for about seven years and has tens of millions of users worldwide, will continue to operate alongside the new Google+ for now. However, Google is leaving its options open regarding the possibility of fusing the two through some sort of integration further down the road."
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Google: Orkut Will Co-Exist With Google+

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    Orkut's stil a thing, huh?

    • Re:Hey, cool! (Score:5, Informative)

      by ronocdh (906309) on Saturday July 09, 2011 @04:54PM (#36707202)
      More or less the thing for social networking in places like Brazil and India.
      • Not in India anymore. I do not know anyone who still uses orkut. Everyone has moved to Facebook.
        • by Anonymous Coward

          As an Indian, I can confirm: most people have indeed moved to Facebook.

        • Re:Hey, cool! (Score:4, Informative)

          by mentus (775129) on Saturday July 09, 2011 @06:59PM (#36707878) Homepage
          Almost the same applies to Brazil. Most of the older users have moved to Facebook. Orkut is now a niche for pre-teens. Some of them curiously do not even use e-mail anymore, and communicate using 'orkut testimonials' (yeah, very stupid, I know). Orkut even implemented a longer type of direct message but the old usage lingers. It was funny from time to time seeing very private messages that were sent as testimonials being 'accepted' and shown to everyone on their profiles (bank account PINs, telephone numbers, private details of intimate encounters...) . The rule was to add a text to the beginning "do not accept the testimonial" apparently it not always worked.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Google actually has a huge opportunity with Orkut already being a fully developed and separate network. Data liberation is great, but the real value in social networking is the connections, not just the content. Orkut could give them a testbed for a federation API that will let people network and share no matter what site they call home - and would send the message that Google wants to be the best at sharing by continuing to provide a superior experience, rather than by enticing users in and then keeping th

    • It's too late to turn into another myspace, namely because it turned into another friendster years ago.
  • The Orkut is used primarily in India and South America while the new tool is targeted to Europe and North America. But I cannot see Google maintaining two separate yet identical services for very long.
  • by bircho (559727) on Saturday July 09, 2011 @05:32PM (#36707420)

    I'm Brazilian. Orkut is still very popular here, but lost some space to facebook. A reason is that orkut is FULL of low-brow content. "Orkutization" is used as a verb to define the rise of low-brow content in a given service.

    There's no way in hell Google is going to migrate all this.

    • More low-brow than Facebook? Wow...

    • A reason is that orkut is FULL of low-brow content. "Orkutization" is used as a verb to define the rise of low-brow content in a given service.

      Can you explain what you mean by "low-brow"?

      Are we talking porn? Just uninteresting garbage? Spam?

      • A reason is that orkut is FULL of low-brow content. "Orkutization" is used as a verb to define the rise of low-brow content in a given service.

        Can you explain what you mean by "low-brow"?

        Are we talking porn? Just uninteresting garbage? Spam?

        Racism is big on Orkut.

        • Racism is big on Orkut.

          Well, racism isn't immediately low brow. Unless you're one of *those* people who thinks it is, because you're unable to process information yourself, and require it spoon-fed to you by fox.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        A reason is that orkut is FULL of low-brow content. "Orkutization" is used as a verb to define the rise of low-brow content in a given service.

        Can you explain what you mean by "low-brow"?

        Are we talking porn? Just uninteresting garbage? Spam?

        Actually, by "low-brow content" he means "poor people's content". He's just being elitist. When orkut started, it was kind of a high middle class thing, then the poorer people in Brazik started to join, until they became the majority of users. When that happened, the "cool" people started to migrate to Facebook. So, basically, orkut still has something like 80% of Brazilian social network users, but it's not a cool thing anymore, since it's full of poorer, "low-brow content generating" people...

        • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

          by Anonymous Coward

          He's just being elitist.

          Call him (or me for that matter - I'm brazilian too) however you want, but you can't deny the content these "poor people" produce have near-zero cultural or informative value. I'm sorry, that's just the way it is. While the term "low-brow" may sound harsh or elitist, it just reflects the reality of the situation. I'm not saying those people should be denied access to the network though - to the contrary. To be honest, I think most of the whining about "stupid content on social networks" (from whatever sourc

      • by dodobh (65811)

        Eternal September.

    • A reason is that orkut is FULL of low-brow content.

      Low brow content such as "virtual farming" and cat pictures with text added?

      Good gravy! I can't imagine what that must be like!

  • Every time I hear about Orkut I log-in and check if my account still exists, if there is ANYTHING in there. Usually I see the friends' profiles with outdated images and 3 year old posts.

    It makes me wonder whether the other tens of millions of users are also just stale accounts or if anyone is still using the service actively.

  • Make all 3 separate faces to the same thing.

    Google Buzz : essentially just the wall aspect of communication.
    Google+ : this is the Buzz plus more detailed social interaction.
    Google Orkut (possibly a new name, Google Social?) : Google+ and the more advanced social networking featuresets, such as picture uploads, applications, etc.

    They badly need to do this.
    They actually have a seriously good chance of going up against Facebook with this. People are slowly beginning to hate Facebook.
    They only use it because

    • I hope I am wrong, I really do, but considering Orkut, Buzz, Wave.. they don't exactly have a good track record when it comes to large-scale services.

      Yeah, look at the terrible job they did organizing teh interwebz. At least gmail isn't a large-scale operation, because I'd be sorely disappointed to find out that it sucks after all these years.

  • I'd like to design a solution that merges the back ends allowing the use of either front end. If possible of course, I would need to examine closer.

    That sounds like a fun project actually...

    I hope they try it, if not I will be disappointed.

  • I would be surprised if they not. Google+ is something that feels incomplete yet, and some of the missing bits and ways of interaction could perfectly be provided by their other services, including orkut. And if they design this well (in the "dont do evil" sense) will be able to be as much integrated with services from other parties. Won't be surprised if more bits from Wave lands there, too.

    I wonder how far they could go in that interaction. And how far they will end going thanks to regulations, security

  • Google+ is going to be a lot less cool if Brazil and India get invites before me.
    • Google+ is going to be a lot less cool if Brazil and India get invites before me.

      Let me guess. You're in a hell-hole country like Myanmar or North Korea or Somalia or Zimbabwe.

    • by acid06 (917409)
      Well, I'm from Brazil and I'm in from day one. So, yeah, consider it uncool, then. ;-)
  • What I find odd is that they haven't integrated Buzz.

    Actually, what I find odd is that G+ is even *in* beta. It's basically Buzz with extra (and not entirely intuitive) privacy features, a slapdash news search system, and a chatroom loosely hung together.

    A Facebook killer it isn't.

  • I've been meaning to delete my account for a while now.

  • LOL Its still in beta after 7 years LOL. And please link to the data that says they have tens of millions of user please

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