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Orkut will shut down forever on 30 Sept

The first social networking site to be tremendously popular in India, Orkut, will shut down on 30 September following loss of people’s in the social medium.

Communicating the information to all its users, Google has sent the following message:

After ten years of sparking conversations and forging connections, we have decided that 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 30 September 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 from 30 September 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 Centre for any further details.

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

The site had, right from the beginning, received bad press in India. While cyber issues of fake profiles, intimidation, blackmail, fraud etc, which many users indulge in, plague Facebook and Twitter to no less extent, prominent journalists on Indian television and print media worked zealously, as if on a mission to project Orkut in poor when it was on the peak of its popularity, while giving space to Twitter on their prime-time shows when the latter became popular. Was there a deal between the Indian media and owners of Facebook and Twitter? The question is worth a probe.

Announcing Google’s decision, the company’s engineering director Paul Golgher wrote in his blog on Orkut:

Tchau (Ciao) Orkut

Ten years ago, Orkut was Google’s first foray into social networking. Built as a “20 %” 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 30 September 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 30 September 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 Centre 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.

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