Orkut Extension for Chrome- What else should Google do to Save Orkut?

Google has released a chrome extension for Orkut. The extension allows you to search for friends, directly jump to their profile page, check scrap count etc.

Chrome Orkut Extension
Chrome Orkut Extension

Orkut is losing its command as the Social network of choice in India. Lately, there have been a lot of arguments on why Orkut is sliding (read: Orkut vs. Facebook in India) and what it should do to come back again.

Here is adding 2 more points to the same:

1. Do not allow changing names: Names are a permanent field for everyone. You allow to change names and people will put their status message there to gain attention. Also there are some desperate attention seekers who use silly special characters in the name and hence destroy the experience for everyone else following them.

2. Release the User Profiles in Google Search: If you currently search for any name on Google there is sure chance that either Facebook, Linkedin or Twitter profile will come on top. If this happens to a non-Facebook user very often, he would feel “left out” and start using Facebook to “catch up”. Same for Linkedin and Twitter. Orkut does not throw up on top and hence “it is not the place to be”. There are a lot of late adapters who have started using ( or atleast signed up) Facebook and Linkedin for the same reason.

There should not be any privacy issue with that as already other networks are doing so.

Not that these 2 tips can do wonders to save Orkut but definitely would make a difference.

If you got any tips to save the former Youth Icon, do share it here. Possibly the Orkut team is reading this.

Recommended Read: Facebook’s success with default options.

[Naman is a startup enthusiast and has worked with couple of Indian startups as Product Manager. He is the founder of FindYogi]

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