Google to Shutdown Orkut on September 30

As we can all relate Orkut with¬†our past memories and how we used to indulge in the Orkut communities. But sadly, other social networking platforms have¬†outpaced Orkut in nearly every manner, be it the number of active users or the number of photos shared each day. Orkut, as we all might know is owned by Google and was started in the month of Jaunary, 2004 – the same year when Facebook was launched. It’s been 10 years since its existence and Google has finally decided to bid farewell to the then popular social networking website, 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 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.

Google has decided that it will shut down the service on September 30 and after that users will not be able to sign-in to their accounts to exchange scraps or photos. Sign-ups which was disabled long back, will remain disabled and the users with no Orkut accounts will not be able to take a last look at the service.

It seems that Google’s every effort to make a social platform has failed. This includes Orkut (which will be shut down in three months time) and Buzz (which was shut down just after a year of its launch). But Google+ seems to be going pretty well. It, unlike Orkut, has picked up users interest in the United States too.

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Google has also mentioned that users will be able to take up a backup of their personal information, which includes – profile, scraps received, testimonials received, activities and photos using the Google Takeout. To get a step-by-step guide to download your personal data, you can visit our How-to guide here.

Source: Orkut Blog

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