I'm feeling serendipitous!

Friday, December 14, 2007 | 7:02 PM

Posted by Jude Britto, Software Engineer

There's nothing quite like the feeling you get when you find someone on orkut that you've lost touch with for a while. We've been working on ways to make this a more common occurrence.

One of the nice things about Gmail is that it adds the names of the people you have been in touch with over the years as contacts in your address book. Wouldn't it be nice if you could automatically find those contacts on orkut? We've started rolling out a new feature to do just that.
If you use a gmail address to log into orkut, finding your friends is now just a click away. The find friends button on the homepage, friends page or friends list page gets you started on importing contacts. Your gmail address is already filled in, and since you've already logged into orkut, we don't have to ask for your Gmail password once again. We'll show you the contacts who are already on orkut, and let you choose which ones to add as friends. For contacts who aren't on orkut yet, we make it easy to choose the ones you want to invite to orkut. You can even add a personal message to send with the invite. Soon, we'll be adding support to import your contacts from other email accounts.

So go ahead and try it out. You may just find that long lost cousin, or maybe an old flame :)