Orkut, once a darling among social networkers is finally shutting down.
Orkut was extremely popular in emerging markets India and Brazil, but Facebook came and conquered the entire market. We earlier hinted of Google+ replacing Orkut , but even Google plus has failed to take off.
“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 September 30, 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.
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.” [official announcement]
Good bye, Orkut. You were great. Sadly, you won’t be missed.