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Sayonara, Orkut!

Orkut, GoogleÔÇÖs social networking platform which was launched with great gusto 10 years back has bid adieu to the world. Orkut lay resting in peace at an e-graveyard since September 30, 2014. Orkut came into existence in 2004 same year as the current no.1 social networking site Facebook, but couldn’t manage to keep netizens hooked. Orkut managed a lot of traffic from Brazil and India but as far as preferences go people still leaned towards Facebook.

The nostalgia of Orkut is evident from the hours we used to spent discussing things in the varied Orkut communities, waiting to be notified about a new scrap left in our inbox by friends or fellow community members, meeting and catching up with long lost friends online. And who can forget the ever so important testimonials left by our friends and acquaintances that were a major ego boost. But Orkut had its share of downfalls as well, lot of bogus profiles, hate groups, cyber bullying as well as privacy issues for the scores of users. Orkut did change a bit with the look and a few features which were just basic but sadly it couldn’t evolve like its counterparts Facebook and Twitter.

Google has announced that for keepsake there would be an archive of all Orkut communities available from September 30. If you donÔÇÖt wish to see your scraps/messages/posts or name included in the community archive, you can simply remove Orkut permanently from your Google account.

Use the link┬áhttps://www.google.com/settings/takeout/custom/orkut to save your Orkut profile, testimonials, scraps and community posts to your computer.┬áMake sure to do the needful if you don’t wish to see your personal Orkut data archived.

So long old friend Orkut; thanks for being our obsession once upon a time and for all the good times and the bad. You will surely be missed and never go into oblivion for sure. HereÔÇÖs looking at you, Orkut.

 

 

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