Orkut Officially Dies After Ten Years

Google announced in June that it would shut down its original social networking service Orkut after ten years of existence. At the time, they set the death date as September 30th, and that day has come. Orkut never quite caught…

Google Shuts Down Orkut After Ten Years

Google announced on Monday that it is shutting down is original social networking service Orkut after ten years of existence. Orkut never quite caught on in our neck of the woods, but was pretty popular in Brazil at one point,…

Facebook Beats Out Google in Brazil

The Brazilian version of Experian Hitwise has reported that Facebook has passed Google Brazil as the most visited site in that country, five times since April 1st. While it isn’t clear if April Fool’s Day is celebrated in Brazil, the…

Google’s Social Network (Orkut) Gets More Musical

Google seems to be taking a page out of the Facebook playbook and giving its social network a more musical experience. Unfortunately for many of you, we’re not talking about Google+, but Google’s other social network, Orkut. “What could be…

Facebook Leads Brazil’s Social Surge

Brazil is fast becoming one of the world’s largest internet markets and Facebook is capitalizing on the country’s growing user base. According to a study from comScore, Brazil now ranks as the 7th largest internet market globally and Latin America’s…

Orkut Gets New iPhone/iPod Touch App As It’s Surpassed By Facebook In Brazil

Yesterday, comScore put out a report on Facebook growth in Brazil, as the king of social networks finally surpassed Google’s Orkut in Brazil. Interestingly enough, Google just announced a new iPhone (and iPod Touch) app for Orkut. On the Orkut…

Visualizing What Regions Don’t Use Facebook

There’s no doubting the popularity and Facebook, nor the incredible rate at which Facebook members consume their various status updates. However, Facebook’s dominance is not on a worldwide scale, as some regions of the globe — for instance, China’s territory…

Orkut Turns 7

Sometimes, Google pulls out all the figurative stops when making an announcement, calling news conferences, issuing press releases, and putting notices on Google.com.  Today, there’s a blog post and a site-specific doodle to celebrate the seventh birthday of Orkut.

Facebook Extends Lead Over Orkut In India

For a long time, supporters of Google’s experiments in social media were able to point to Orkut’s success in Brazil and India.  In those countries, at least, the social network was dominant.  But Orkut fell behind in India last year, and new stats from Experian Hitwise show that Facebook’s made impressive gains since then.

F1 Driver Wins Lawsuit Against Google

Orkut, Google’s social network that never caught on in America, looks set to cost the company some money in Brazil.  Google’s lost a lawsuit brought against it by Formula One driver Rubens Barrichello.

The lawsuit revolved around several fake profiles set up in Barrichello’s name.  They ridiculed him for being second driver (or more specifically, second fiddle) to Michael Schumacher, and Google wasn’t quick to take the profiles down, despite being notified.