On Tuesday night, Orkut will go permanently offline, marking the end of a 10-year old journey
Earlier this year, Google decommissioned one of its earliest ventures into social networking, Orkut. On Tuesday night, the site will go permanently offline, marking the end of a 10-year old journey, which typically saw several ups and downs. Orkut was founded in rather curious circumstances. Google tried to buy a then-successful social network , Friendster for $30 million (around ₹ 180 crore) in 2003, but failed. Google then founded and launched Orkut in January 2004, a month before Facebook was launched. The product is named after Orkut Buyukkokten, Google’s Turkish software engineer, who had previously built online alumni communities such as Club Nexus (2001) and inCircle.
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