Who knew Orkut was still alive? Google today announced that it will be shutting down its first ever social network, Orkut on September 30. You won’t be able to create new user accounts starting today, and those who already have an account will be able to export their data until September 2016.
In a blog post, Google’s engineer Paulo Golgher wrote:
Ten years ago, Orkut was Google’s first foray into social networking. Built as a “20 percent” project, Orkut communities started conversations, and forged connections, that had never existed before. Orkut helped shape life online before people really knew what “social networking” was …
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.
Until September 30, there will be no impact on the current operations. As mentioned above, users are being offered a way to export their profile data, community posts and photos using Google Takeout.
Google’s first ever social network may never have been as big as Facebook or Twitter, but it was famous in countries like India and Brazil. In fact in Brazil, Facebook only managed to outgrow Orkut in January 2012.