September 30th, 2014 | by Editor Team | published in Google Orkut
Today, we are bidding tchau to Orkut. But, as we announced at the end of June, while the service may be going away, its history of connections and conversations will live on. For a decade now, millions of people, spread around the world, have been brought together by common interests and lively discussion to form a vast collection of vibrant communities. And, as of today, public content on those communities is being preserved in the Orkut Community Archive: 51 million communities, 120 million topics, and more than 1 billion interactions.
Whatever the topic—from futebol to horror movies—there was a place for you to connect with others who shared your passions. And now you can go back and revisit them anytime. These conversations don’t just represent a history of Orkut, but will serve as an important time capsule of the early history of the social web. Of course, if you don’t want your posts or name to be included in the Archive, you can remove Orkut permanently from your Google account at any time.
And, while you won’t be able to access Orkut itself anymore, users can still export their profile data, community posts and photos using Google Takeout (available until September 2016). Please visit our Help Center for further details.
Orkut’s history is a sign of a great future, as the web explodes every day with new and great options for social interaction. We hope that the decades to come will be filled with even more of the connections, communities, and conversations that made Orkut special.
Posted by Paulo Golgher, Engineering Director
June 30th, 2014 | by Editor Team | published in Google Orkut
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.
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 bid Orkut farewell (or, tchau). We’ll be focusing 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 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.
Orkut, the service, may be going away, but all of those incredible communities Orkut users have created will live on. 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 further details.
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.
Posted by Paulo Golgher, Engineering Director
September 27th, 2012 | by Blog | published in Google Orkut
At Google, we take account security very seriously. Our team of experts work daily to ensure that your personal information is protected. One of the additional tools we’ve created to give you even more control over your account security is email verifi…
August 16th, 2012 | by Blog | published in Google Orkut
Hi all,We hope you are enjoying the cool new features we launched last week. However, we know it can be difficult to keep 2 social products updated at the same time. If only there was a way to post to Orkut and Google+ at the same time.Well, there is!W…
August 9th, 2012 | by Blog | published in Google Orkut
There are a lot of cool things happening on Google+. Celebrities, companies and personalities have been using the platform to share their updates, photos and videos. It’s high quality content that might also interest you, Orkut user.That’s why we’ve la…
August 1st, 2012 | by Blog | published in Google Orkut
We launched some cool new features for Orkut users this week. A new layout is now available for users with linked Orkut and Google+ profiles: the new Google
Toolbar for Orkut.
The new Google Toolbar for Orkut is highly integrated with Google+ and allows you to check your Google+ notifications, reply to any comment on your Google+ profile and share new content with your Google+ circles while you are on Orkut.
If your Orkut and Google+ profiles are linked, you will see that the new Google Toolbar for Orkut has some great new features.
• Easy search access on Orkut: Search from any Orkut page.
• Google+ post box: Share on Google+ from Orkut.
• Google+ notifications: Interact with your Google+ tasks while on Orkut.
Remember that the Google Toolbar for Orkut is only available to users that have linked Orkut and Google+ profiles. See our FAQ to learn more about linking your Orkut and Google+ profiles.
So now it’s your turn: What do you think? Give us your feedback.
Posted by Diego Fernandes, Google Engineer
July 31st, 2012 | by Blog | published in Google Orkut
We’ve recently made it possible for you to link your Orkut and Google+ profiles.
Starting today, linked profiles will provide access to an upgraded Orkut profile.
Upgraded profiles will feature the same cover photo of your Google+ public profile and will enable you to further express your interests, personality and style. In addition, your latest Google+ photos can be posted to a beautiful album which makes it easier for your Orkut friends to see your latest snapshots.
If you would like to know more about this feature, check our frequently asked questions about linking your Orkut and Google+ profiles.
July 4th, 2012 | by Blog | published in Google Orkut
This is a great opportunity for you to redecorate your home, or better, your Orkut. Patterns are an interesting and quick way to make everything look new, with a clean appearance and greater emphasis on content. So try them out, and share with your…
June 20th, 2012 | by Blog | published in Google Orkut
Have you ever wondered who the most influential users in a particular community are? How active a certain user is in a community, and how much impact his/her participation has on it?
Next time you’re reading a community topic or poll, hover your mouse over someone’s picture to learn about how that user has been contributing to that community. You’ll be able to see how many topics and polls that user has created (and replied to), as well as how many comments, likes and votes his/her posts have received.
Follow the most active members in your communities and try to become one yourself!
Posted by Daniel Fireman, Google Engineer
June 6th, 2012 | by Blog | published in Google Orkut
Topics in Orkut communities are known to contain interesting and relevant information. Every now and then we come across amazing replies within those topics. With the current functions of communities, some of the most interesting posts tend to get lost…
June 4th, 2012 | by Blog | published in Google Orkut
May 29th, 2012 | by Blog | published in Google Orkut
Every day we see more Orkut users creating their profiles on Google+ and sharing lots of interesting content there. Now we are making it easier for Orkut users who also use Google+ to share their updates with their Orkut friends by linking th…
May 16th, 2012 | by Blog | published in Google Orkut
While thousands of users search for information on Orkut at any given moment, thousands of topics are created every minute. Wait, did I really say minute? With this in mind, we are excited to announce that users can now search for Orkut community …
May 10th, 2012 | by Blog | published in Google Orkut
Every day, many interesting discussions arise on our Orkut communities. Whenever we want
to join them, we have to access each of our communities and search for the most recently
created topics. With so much content, sometimes an interesting topic is overlooked simply
because we forgot to check in our communities.
As of today, we will show you a list of the “hottest” topics that are trending in your
communities to guarantee you never lose another interesting discussion. These hot topics can
be found on a new tab, called explore, that we added right on your main communities page.
In addition, you can also filter your results and select to view yesterday’s or last week’s hot
This way, it will be even easier to discover the most interesting discussions trending in your
Posted by Maira Nascimento, Google Engineer
May 9th, 2012 | by Blog | published in Google Orkut
Sometimes, we are engaged in a discussion in one of our favorite communities and we want all of our friends from this community to join in. Today we’re making this super easy for you.
Whenever you create a new community topic or reply, you will have the option to send an update to all your friends who are also members of that community.
This way your friends can always keep up with what you post and maybe find some new and interesting discussions.
Posted by Marco Wisniewski, Google Engineer