Google Shutters Orkut, its First-Ever Social Media Site

Search giant Google is doing away with a social media property that may not mean much to Americans, but does mean a lot to Brazilians. Google is shutting down Orkut on September 30, 2014.

Orkut is an online community that, in its own words, aims to make social life more active and stimulating. Orkut promised its users a way to EUmaintain existing relationships with pictures and messages, and establish new ones by reaching out to people you've never met before.EU

According to stats on Alexa.com, 4.7 percent of visitors to Orkut were from the United States, while 51.7 percent of visitors came from Brazil, and 13.3 percent hailed from India.

Built as a EU20 percentEU project 10 years ago, Orkut marked GoogleEUs first entrance into social networking. Google engineering director Paulo Golgher likes to think Orkut helped shape life online before people really knew what EUsocial networkingEU was. But itEUs all about to come to a screeching halt.

Spinning the Shut Down

EUOver 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),EU Golgher said. EUWe'll be focusing our energy and resources on making these other social platforms as amazing as possible for everyone who uses them.EU

By waiting until Sept. 30 to shut down the social networking service, Google hopes members have plenty of time to manage the transition. Google, for example, is creating a way for members to export their profile data, community posts and photos using Google Takeout, a project by the Google Data Liberation front that allows Google product users to export data to downloadable zip files.

EUIt's been a great 10 years, and we apologize to those still actively using the service,EU Golgher said....

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