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Google Opens Orkut To All

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Google has (finally) removed the invite barrier to Orkut, letting anyone with a Google account register for the service.

Orkut has been an invite-only service since it launched 33 months ago, and never gained much traction outside of Brazil (where 9% of the country has an Orkut account, making up for 63% of the total users), although the service does have an impressive 30,089,043 users. Probably inspired by Facebook’s success with moving away from an exclusive system, Google has opened the service to all, hoping there are a lot of people who might like what they see.

Based on performce already, get used to seeing this:

    Bad, bad server. No donut for you.

Orkut has some new features, according to Dreamchaser, including an easy reply method, language restrictions (i.e. – people from languages you don’t understand can’t message/spam you), and moderator for communities.

There is an InsideGoogle community on Orkut, and I will accept friends requests (and kick you fast if you spam either).
(via Amit Agarwal)

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