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Thirteen Ways To Save Orkut : Comments

By Rebecca Blood

February 25, 2004



June 27, 2004 11:43 PM

We need to add an important topic: All information gathered by orkut must be public acess. Every friend-network program could sell this information, but the users can’t know a lot of statistics and facts about the whole thing.


August 10, 2004 9:29 AM

I think Orkut is made only for entertainament… To get something to talk about around a table on the pub. Here in Brazil, we use to call an aquitance as a “Friend” and we really like this kind of proximity. Orkut, the way it is, is taylor-made for our environment and that


October 21, 2004 10:54 AM

I too agree that, other than entertainment, Orkut is pretty much useless. As I was reading your articke I was comparing it with, a service that recently launched, and that is growing fast among Spanish speaking users (the site in spanish is, and the english version is at, and I almost did a “check” on all your 13 points. Asides from their social networking features, I find particularly interesting their focus on email groups (like YahooGroups) rather than web message boards. I think that’s a winning combination and what got me hooked in the first place.

Sasha Omar

December 7, 2004 2:35 AM

I totally agreee with the author here. We ‘do’ need better than reality idea based work on any web based service, especially Social Software like orkut. I agree that it is pretty much entertainment, but who says it has to be entertainment only. The computer can do SO MANY things for so many ppl, why not make internet software not only entertaining but ALSO useful for the user. It is a win win situation is it not! ? :P especially when this route also fosters innovation and over all communal uplifting of advantages garnered thru the techonology we so often use (internet – cant live with out it anymore).

At this moment most of the features of Orkut are useless for me.. its like now that i am here and i have all these ppl linked to me – what next? The communities are dead, there needs to be more interactivity added into it to make the ppl there actually take part in conversations. Sometimes i stumble on conversations i started only to realise that 2 weeks later some ppl said interesting things – i had no way of knowing this, unless i happend to check every day or so.

Sasha Omar

December 7, 2004 2:37 AM

hmm.. in the above comment i forgot to put the www in my blog addy.. interesting to see Abundant Bible website come up ! :(

Mikko Per

December 21, 2004 12:53 PM

I also agree with the author. I also found out most people there to be Brazilians. The name of the service amongst the Finnish users might have given them a wrong idea in the first place. “Orkut” means in Finnish “Orgasms”. I wonder if it is more attractive because of it or less.

Tobias Diomedes

January 31, 2005 1:05 AM

Here it is, almost a year after this article was written…I’m just hearing about Orkut for the first time. I have friends who still work at CNET, and I’m a Web designer, yet I’ve never had anyone mention Orkut to me. (I’ve been on Friendster for about five years, although I seldom log on.)

It doesn’t look like Orkut is working very well.


February 6, 2005 10:00 AM

im from iran ,in this country orkut display ….. what can we doo t?


April 4, 2005 12:14 PM

It is such a nice article! I agree with you!!!


June 17, 2005 9:56 PM

I just heard about Orkut for the first time too, as one of my friends sent me an invite. Honestly, I think it’s teriable. The only feature it has going for it is that you have to “invite” people to join, so it seems like it’s some special group of people – it’s really not. It’s 72% Brazilian, and most things aren’t even in English! Not that Brazil is bad, but seriously, this thing came from google?


July 13, 2005 10:01 PM

it can be a good entertainment site if the errors in it are removed by the moderators….for eXample, the server errors & stuff like that.


August 1, 2005 10:26 AM

Dear G., People in Brazil knows peoples in other parts of the world… Have “friends”. Do you understand…?
And, you have meeting someone in Orkut to join. Are you not popular? Sorry…
Orkut is fun, have many errors, but, is a site for entertainment, not a place to do busness goal.


August 1, 2005 10:41 AM

Mikko. Orkut also means lucky, blessed and holy, in Turkish. Orkut Buyukkokten born in Turkey.

Tina Harris-Rouquette

August 21, 2005 6:36 PM

The worst problem I found recently on orkut is the inordinate number of people dedicated to cybernetic vandalism, hateful posts, and the total inaction of orkut to clean itself up. Forged names, flooding of my page, defamation, porno pressure so that I would not express my opinion … I was surfing pages and communities and there are so may that are about hatred of anything and everything. I love Brazil, but orkut has become hostage of a quite a few young males, especially, with raging hormones and idle time. Right now it’s been horrible.


September 18, 2005 11:59 AM

I am Brazilian, Orkut has about 10 million people, 70% are brazilians. So for me, it is fine, most of my friends are there. I think users shouldn’t be allowed to see communities in languages that they don’t speak, guess it is easy to do since you have that information in the profile. Birthday reminders can be turned off, so I guess you missed that. The site is not very stable, it is ugly as hell, but I could find old friends from childhood. And that’s priceless, for free. So I guess, orkut doesn’t need to be saved, it is a complete success. There are many online communities out there, and people should search the one that is the most popular in their area. For me, friendster is useless, there’s no one I know there. But I am told it is the choice of Americans. Guess there won’t be a major global community and that’s good. Viva a diversidade.

Junaid Shariff

November 7, 2005 6:16 AM

Hey, I would like to suggest the 14th way to improve orkut service. How about letting members know if their friends are currently logged in….

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