If you are from Brazil, Pakistan or India, Admit it, we all were escorted by Orkut to other social networks. And now its time to say goodbye to our Old (once favorite) Social Network as Google is all Set to Shut it down on September 30. Though we don’t use it anymore, but we have had pretty good memories there like testimonials from good friends, scraps exchange and memories of adolescence.
Launched in early 2004, this 10-year-old social network represented Google’s foray into social networking. At this point, the majority of Orkut users are from Brazil, India, and Pakistan.
Google Engineering Director Paulo Golgher wrote:
“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.“
Beginning today, it will no longer be possible to create a new Orkut account. Current Orkut users will be able to log in, play games, and use their account like normal until Sept. 30. You have until September 2016 to back up your data using Google Takeout. Though all public communities will be available online forever, you wont be able to create new topics or moderate it.
While Google prepares to kill Orkut and just a few months to go, you can relive the memories of Orkut by Simply going through your account or even download all of your information. You can download these items from Orkut: Your profile, Scraps received, Testimonials received, Activities, & Your photos. Alternately you can even Export your photos to your Google+ account.
To download your Orkut information:
- Go to the Orkut Takeout page.
- Click Create archive.
- Wait for the archive to be ready.
- When it’s ready, click download.
Note that you can only export the testimonials and scraps you have received and their comments.