Three months ago, search engine giant, Google announced it was shutting down Orkut on September 30 this year. Recall that Orkut was the company’s first foray into social networking. This according to Google was to enable it focus on its other social networking plans.
Orkut was launched by the company a decade ago, but has not been able to meet the expectations of Google, and probably members as well. Though, the company has refused to provide details on the number of users, there is no doubt that a lot of us would miss the social platform.
On the Orkut blog, Google posted a message, which reads;
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,
Orkut was launched in 2004, which was the same year social media giant, Facebook was also launched.
The company however, made it clear it would keep an archive of all Orkut “communities” that will be available from September 30, which represents its shutdown date. “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,” the search engine giant said.
To all users of Orkut, it is only a matter of hours until they are unable to export all their photo albums, save files, testimonials, and scraps. However, members who have a Google+ accounts can export their photo albums to Google+.
Members can also save their profiles, photos, community posts, scraps, and testimonials to the computers with the use of Google Takeout.
What this means is that users will not be able to sign into their accounts after the shutdown today. They will also not be able to export their photo albums to Google+, applications, APIs. However, public communities will be saved in a public viewable Community archive, while games will no longer be accessible.
Facebook may have taken the shine off Orkut in recent years, but there some users who are definitely going to miss it. While only a few members in certain countries and regions still rave about it in spite of the popularity of Facebook, it feels funny to imagine it will be dumped in the history book; leaving the world with memories of some of its features.