Google’s first ever attempt in building a social network: Orkut, will be shutdown on September 30, Google said in a statement.
The reason behind closing Orkut is still unknown and is kinda surprising but a shock in social networking marketing too. From now onwards, users will be unable to create a new Orkut account. Existing users can access the service as normal, however after September users will be unable to log in or export their photo albums to Google+. So, Hurry Up! preserve your teenage social network’s stories!
Paulo Golgher, an engineering director at Google said:
“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.”
The Orkut app will be removed from Google Play and the App Store by tonight. It sounds like Google wants to cut its headache from other small projects and put more efforts upon YouTube, Blogger and Google+.
Orkut was launched back in 2004, Yeah same year when Facebook came into being! Orkut was the result of a “20 per cent initiative,” which allowed employees to use a fifth of their working week on side projects not necessarily related to their job responsibilities.
The archive of all Orkut “communities” will be preserved, which will be available from Sept. 30′ 2014.
But still great move Mr. Larry Page, CEO Google.