Google will shut down Orkut this September to focus on Google+, YouTube and Blogger

Google will shut down Orkut this September to focus on Google+, YouTube and Blogger
Before the existence of Facebook, Twitter, and many others, Google launched its own social networking website called Orkut. Functional since January 2004, Orkut is no longer part of Google’s future plans, so the Mountain View giant announced that the service would be phased out come September 30.

Although it was somewhat popular at some point, Orkut never really took off on a global scale. Instead, YouTube, Blogger and Google+ did. So Google is shutting down Orkut not just because this is in decline, but also because it wants to focus its “energy and resources on making these other social platforms as amazing as possible for everyone who uses them.”

As of now, Orkut no longer accepts new users. However, current users will still have fully functional profiles (and everything else) until September 30. Orkut profiles, community posts, scraps and testimonials can be downloaded to users’ computers using Google Takeout (this will work until 2016).

For more on why Google is shutting down Orkut, and what will happen to current accounts and data, check out Google’s own words on the matter at the source links below.

sources: Google (1), (2)

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12 Comments

1. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

Seriously, who used Orkut? I never knew anyone on it.

3. Florin.T

Posts: 311; Member since: Dec 16, 2013

It seems that it's still big in Brazil.

11. acn2003

Posts: 27; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

and in India.. before the facebook era...

4. Reynolds1

Posts: 34; Member since: Jun 17, 2014

Never caught on in the US, especially not with a name like that

2. fouadqr

Posts: 326; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

Hope G+ will be the NEXT thing to shut down by google

5. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Agreed.....

6. Takeharu

Posts: 281; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I actually like Google+...

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Double agreed. I wish Google would stop trying to force people into using G+.

8. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

When is facebook's turn now? :p

9. arenanew

Posts: 286; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

stop youtube and shut down or make add free

10. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

I thought it was dead..

12. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

The best orkut feature were the forum-like communities, unfortunately none of the existing social networks are able to get such feature, I think they are too focused on "I" while orkut was focused on the "WE", which was great.

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