The Google-owned social network Orkut is not well-known in the U.S., but it’s extremely popular in India and Brazil – that is, until Facebook started catching up. But Orkut just announced a slew feature that makes it look pretty good.
“You’re not always the same person. Why should it be any different on the Web?” That’s the title of the Orkut blog post announcing the changes that place emphasis on grouping your friends.
The question is right on target. If you’re one of the people who joined Orkut in college, you probably connected with every new person you met at a party, added “pounding beers” as an interest, blasted updates about skipping class and tagged yourself in every drunken photo. But then your little sister joined Facebook. And then your mom did. And then you did a summer internship, and your boss was on Facebook. And suddenly you were censoring yourself for three or four different audiences.
Sometimes we want to use social media to talk about how much we’re growing and learning at the new job, and sometimes we want to complain about work and talk about how wasty-face we’re going to get tonight. Google seems to get this separation of online personalities now, an interesting twist after the fallout when Google Buzz tried to make all your friends be friends with each other.
You can now choose the privacy level for each “scrap” or bit of content you post to Orkut, choosing between individual friends, a group, multiple groups, all your friends or the public Orkut timeline.Orkut has also started pushing games more, linking games and applications from user homepages. Orkut said “more than six million people have created cafes in CafeMania and 36 million people manage their Farms,” in a period of just two months. Orkut will also soon be releasing a new platform for its communities feature, which is similar to Facebook Groups.
Other new features in Orkut are
Scraps to multiple people
Now you can send scraps to your friends straight from your homepage in orkut. And more: you can send the same scrap to many people at the same time or even to all your friends. That’s right: no more copy and paste!
Privacy in groups
You can choose the privacy level you want for your messages. For instance, you can send a private scrap to a group of four people and only those four people can see it and reply to it. If they reply, you guys will have a private, group conversation visible only to you and those four friends. If you prefer going public, just send a scrap visible to all your friends or even send a public scrap so everyone in orkut can see it. It’s your choice.
Groups of friends
To make it easier for you to interact with your groups of friends, now you can open them from your homepage. Your groups will always be a click away from you, on the top of the page. When you click a group (for example, “college friends”), you’ll see updates, photos, videos and activities only from people who are part of that group. If you want to write them something, the scrap editor will automatically select everyone in the group and the privacy will be set to “Private” so you can share information that is relevant to that group only. And, of course, you can change that privacy setting before sending the message.
We know that sometimes we invite someone from work to a family party or we bring a gym friend to the office happy hour. That means: sometimes our groups of friends mix together. Thinking of this, you can easily add or remove as many people as you want from the recipients of a scrap.
The groups are yours only. Nobody else will know the names of your groups of friends. When you send something to the entire group, people will know who else can see the message, but they will not know the name you chose for the group within your orkut. Also, you can change and edit your groups whenever you want, the way you want it!
Groups formed automagically!
You can create your groups of friends manually. However Google has came up with the “automagic groups”: Based on your interactions, orkut automatically suggests some groups of friends for you, and these suggested groups will be ready for you to use. Also, you can add your personal touch to your groups at anytime and make them any way you want. Because new friendships usually come along with time, orkut will also suggest new members for your groups over the time, so they are always up-to-date with minimum work from you.
More news and what’s to come
Birthdays: Google is also improving the way birthdays appear in your page, and you can send your friends birthday wishes without leaving your homepage. You’ll also be able to interact with other people who are also sending them happy birthdays and celebrate your friend’s birthday with them.
Friend Suggestions: Friend suggestions is always being improved, and these suggestions will be part of your updates, moving down in your page along the day, just like any other update. When we’ve a brand new, really good suggestion, we will bring it to the top again.
Fortune of The Day and Recent Visitors will also appear every day as activities, scrolling down as new updates from your friends come in.
Games and Applications: millions of people are playing with and using applications in orkut every day. In the period of two months, more than 6 million people created cafes in CafeMania and 36 million people manage their Farms, all on orkut’s game applications. To make accessing games and applications easier, now you can find them in your homepage, right below your communities. Not to mention, applications also have new pages now.
Communities: Orkut communities are a great way for people to expand their social circles and know other people who share the same interests, support the same team or want to know more about a place or event. Google is testing a new communities page which will be rolled out soon.
While very few of you may be shedding tears over the demise of Google Wave, or even knew what it was, we probably haven’t seen the last of this service. The search giant says the technology behind its ill-fated collaboration tool will live on in new products that have not yet been announced. Google isn’t giving any hints about what new those new products might be or how they would benefit from Wave features. But company CEO Eric Schmidt recently said the Wave team would be moving over to other products that are "like Wave but applied in some other areas," according to a YouTube video posted by TechCrunch’s MG Siegler.
So what might those other areas be that could benefit from Wave technology? The most likely candidate could be Google’s rumored Facebook competitor, Google Me.
It’s unclear at this point what Google Me would be like or how it would differ from Buzz and Orkut, Google’s other two social applications.
Nevertheless, there’s a lot about Wave that would make sense in a social networking service. When Google first debuted Wave last May, PCWorld’s Ed Albro said Wave could be a great solution for "sharing content with only the people you choose." With networks like Buzz or Facebook you can restrict your posts based on settings such as public (everyone can see it), only your friends or pre-defined groups based on your friends list. Wave, meanwhile, allowed you to pick specific people to include in a Wave quickly and easily in a manner similar to creating group e-mail.
Wave was also a platform for third-party developers to extend Wave’s functionality with Web-based applications. If Wave’s extensibility could be folded into the rumored Google Me that would go a long way to appeasing developers who’ve already put time and energy into developing for Wave. Extensions that might fit in with a social network could include apps for travel or event planning, games and image editing.
Part of Facebook’s success has been its ability to attract third-party developers to create so-called Facebook applications like games, Microsoft’s Docs for Facebook .
Wave could also live on in established Google products like Gmail (imagine replaying a threaded conversation), Google Docs or even as a photo-sharing tool in Picasa. But if Wave technology is being used for a completely new service, my bet would be on Google Me.
Google says Wave’s Website at wave.google.com will remain live until at least the end of the year. The search giant also plans on creating tools that will make it easy for you to export your data out of Google Wave.
Many of us in use Orkut but ever wondered who is it’s creator is what is and what is history behind him.Almost everyone uses orkut but it’s founder is not as famous as Mark Zukerberg.So I did a bit of Googling and found some details which I found interesting.
He is a guy lost his girlfriend in a train accident….
but the girll’s name nowhere appeared in the dead list.
This guy grew up and became IT technical architect in his late 20’s achievement in itself!!.
He hired developers from the whole globe and plan to make a
software where he could search for his girl friend through the web..
Things went as planned…and he found her, after losing millions of dollars and 3 long years!!
It was time to shut down the search operation, when the CEO of Google had a word with this guy and took over this application,
This Software made a whopping 1 billion dollars profit in its first year, which we today know as ORKUT .
His name is ORKUT BUYUKKOTEN . Yes its named after him only. .
ORKUT BUYUKKOTEN today has 13 assistants to monitor his scrapbook & 8 to
monitor his friends-list. He gets around 20,000 friend-requests a day & about 85,000 scraps!!!
Some other Cool Facts about this guy:
* He gets $12 from Google when every person registers to this website.
* He also gets $10 when you add somebody as a friend.
* He gets $8 when your friend’s friend adds you as a friend & gets $6 if
anybody adds you as friend in the resulting chain.
* He gets $5 when you scrap somebody & $4 when somebody scraps you.
* He also gets $200 for each photograph you upload on Orkut.
* He gets $2.5 when you add your friend in the crush-list or in the hot-list.
* He gets $2 when you become somebody’s fan.
* He gets $1.5 when somebody else becomes your fan.
* He even gets $1 every time you logout of Orkut.
* He gets $0.5 every time you just change your profile-photograph.
* He also gets $0.5 every time you read your friend’s scrap-book & $0.5 every time
Well, the story seems to be ok … though the money he’s making out of it seems to be quite exorbitant and impractical ..
I just Google it to dig more into it and can’t help to share my findings here
I found his Homepage.No doubt, it’s quite impressive.but, it seems to be created in his student life and not updated for long time since – At least, there’s no info about his brain-child "ORKUT".I searched Wikipedia Orkut Büyükkökten is a Turkish software engineer who developed the social networking service called Orkut.He developed Orkut as an independent project while working at Google.
(Google follows a policy that encourages its employees to use 20% of their office time to pursue personal interests using official resources .)
While previously working for Affinity Engines, he had developed a similar system, InCircle, intended for use by university alumni groups. In late June 2004, Affinity Engines filed suit against Google, claiming that Buyukkokten and Google based Orkut on InCircle code. The allegation is based on the presence of 9 identical bugs in Orkut that also existed in InCircle. Google and Orkut have since settled the lawsuit; the terms have not been disclosed.
Originally from the Turkish Konya, Buyukkokten obtained a B.Sc. degree in Computer Engineering and Information Science from Bilkent University in Ankara, and earned a Ph.D.in Computer Science from Stanford University. His research at Stanford focused on Web search and efficient PDA.
Orkut Buyukkokten is a software engineer and product manager at Google. He received his PhD in Computer Science from Stanford in 2002. He has been building and working on online communities the past six years. His interests include social networks, interface design and mobile applications.