Preserving Orkut’s history

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 | 7:13 AM

Today, we are bidding tchau to Orkut. But, as we announced at the end of June, while the service may be going away, its history of connections and conversations will live on. For a decade now, millions of people, spread around the world, have been brought together by common interests and lively discussion to form a vast collection of vibrant communities. And, as of today, public content on those communities is being preserved in the Orkut Community Archive: 51 million communities, 120 million topics, and more than 1 billion interactions.

Whatever the topic—from futebol to horror movies—there was a place for you to connect with others who shared your passions. And now you can go back and revisit them anytime. These conversations don’t just represent a history of Orkut, but will serve as an important time capsule of the early history of the social web. Of course, if you don't want your posts or name to be included in the Archive, you can remove Orkut permanently from your Google account at any time.

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And, while you won’t be able to access Orkut itself anymore, users can still export their profile data, community posts and photos using Google Takeout (available until September 2016). Please visit our Help Center for further details. 

Orkut’s history is a sign of a great future, as the web explodes every day with new and great options for social interaction. We hope that the decades to come will be filled with even more of the connections, communities, and conversations that made Orkut special. 

Posted by Paulo Golgher, Engineering Director

Tchau Orkut

Monday, June 30, 2014 | 10:23 AM

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.

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.

Orkut, the service, may be going away, but all of those incredible communities Orkut users have created will live on. We are preserving an archive of all public communities, which will be available online starting September 30, 2014. If you don't want your posts or name to be included in the community archive, you can remove Orkut permanently from your Google account. Please visit our Help Center for further details. 

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.

Posted by Paulo Golgher, Engineering Director

Ensuring more safety to your account

Thursday, September 27, 2012 | 12:54 PM

At Google, we take account security very seriously. Our team of experts work daily to ensure that your personal information is protected. One of the additional tools we've created to give you even more control over your account security is email verification.

Why is it important to have a verified e-mail?
- It allows you to regain access to your account if you forget your password
- It ensures that your account notifications are not sent to others
- It lets you use the Orkut chat to talk to your friends

Aiming to increase the security of your account, we'll start showing a message to all Orkut users who don't have verified e-mails asking them to do so. The e-mail verification, which has been optional until now, will soon become mandatory.

If you're seeing the message asking to verify your e-mail but don't know how to do it, don't worry: we've created a step by step guide in the Help Center that will help you through it.

Verifying your e-mail is only a initial step to make your account safe. If you'd like to learn more ways to increase your account's safety, check out this article in our Help Center.

Posted by Otavio Silva, Google Product Manager

Orkut Tip: How to post to Orkut and Google+ at the same time

Thursday, August 16, 2012 | 5:01 PM

Hi all,

We hope you are enjoying the cool new features we launched last week. However, we know it can be difficult to keep 2 social products updated at the same time. If only there was a way to post to Orkut and Google+ at the same time.

Well, there is!

With the new Google Bar in Orkut, you can not only check your Google+ notifications but also use the Google+ share box to post to your Google+ circle.

But how can I post to Orkut too?

Easy! If you have linked your Orkut and Google+ account, you can automatically share your public Google+ posts to Orkut. To enable that, just follow these simple steps:

1.     Go to Orkut settings, under the gear icon.

2.     Click on the Google+ tab.

      3.     Select the box "If I share a post on Google+ publicly, also post it on Orkut".

      4. Your Orkut stream will look like this:

Please note that you must have previously linked your Orkut and Google+ profiles to be able to do this.

If you have any questions about Orkut, please visit Orkut Help Forum.

If you have any questions about Google+, please visit Google+ Help Forum.

Posted by Bernardo Barlach, Google team.

Interesting Google+ content on your Orkut profile

Thursday, August 09, 2012 | 4:56 PM

There are a lot of cool things happening on Google+. Celebrities, companies and personalities have been using the platform to share their updates, photos and videos. It's high quality content that might also interest you, Orkut user.

That's why we've launched a new feature called "You might like on Google+": on this section, we'll show you Google+ pages and profiles that may interest you. These suggestions are based on your Google+ circles and your Orkut friends.

If the "You might like on Google+" feature doesn't appear on your profile it's because we need an "extra push" to determine your interests. Just circle some new people on Google+ and the suggestions will come!

Posted by Maira Nascimento, Google Engineer

The new Google Toolbar for Orkut

Wednesday, August 01, 2012 | 5:26 PM

We launched some cool new features for Orkut users this week. A new layout is now available for users with linked Orkut and Google+ profiles: the new Google
Toolbar for Orkut.

The new Google Toolbar for Orkut is highly integrated with Google+ and allows you to check your Google+ notifications, reply to any comment on your Google+ profile and share new content with your Google+ circles while you are on Orkut.

If your Orkut and Google+ profiles are linked, you will see that the new Google Toolbar for Orkut has some great new features.

Easy search access on Orkut: Search from any Orkut page.
Google+ post box: Share on Google+ from Orkut.
Google+ notifications: Interact with your Google+ tasks while on Orkut.

Remember that the Google Toolbar for Orkut is only available to users that have linked Orkut and Google+ profiles. See our FAQ to learn more about linking your Orkut and Google+ profiles.

So now it's your turn: What do you think? Give us your feedback.

Posted by Diego Fernandes, Google Engineer

Upgrade your Orkut Profile

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 | 1:11 PM

We've recently made it possible for you to link your Orkut and Google+ profiles.
Starting today, linked profiles will provide access to an upgraded Orkut profile.
Upgraded profiles will feature the same cover photo of your Google+ public profile and will enable you to further express your interests, personality and style. In addition, your latest Google+ photos can be posted to a beautiful album which makes it easier for your Orkut friends to see your latest snapshots.

If you would like to know more about this feature, check our frequently asked questions about linking your Orkut and Google+ profiles.

Improve your Orkut ! Link your profiles and enjoy a beautiful and special online experience.

These features will gradually become available to all users. 

Posted by Koji Pereira, Google Designer

A pleasant space decorated with tiles

Wednesday, July 04, 2012 | 5:13 PM

This is a great opportunity for you to redecorate your home, or better, your Orkut. Patterns are an interesting and quick way to make everything look new, with a clean appearance and greater emphasis on content. So try them out, and share with your friends these new themes!

Posted by Koji Pereira, Google Designer 

Discovering the activities of community members

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 | 12:17 PM

Have you ever wondered who the most influential users in a particular community are? How active a certain user is in a community, and how much impact his/her participation has on it?

Next time you’re reading a community topic or poll, hover your mouse over someone’s picture to learn about how that user has been contributing to that community. You'll be able to see how many topics and polls that user has created (and replied to), as well as how many comments, likes and votes his/her posts have received.

Follow the most active members in your communities and try to become one yourself!

Posted by Daniel Fireman, Google Engineer

Discovering the most popular posts of any given topic

Wednesday, June 06, 2012 | 7:39 PM

Topics in Orkut communities are known to contain interesting and relevant information. Every now and then we come across amazing replies within those topics. With the current functions of communities, some of the most interesting posts tend to get lost in topics with multiple replies. If only there was a way to highlight those amazing messages...

As of today, replies flagged by users as the most interesting will appear in a special section of the topic page:

You can also help flag them by clicking on the "like" button of these fun and interesting posts so that others can see them too!

Posted by Guilherme Ferreira, Google Engineer