Science & technology
Google shutting down Orkut social network
Publish Date: Jul 01, 2014
Google shutting down Orkut social network
  • mail
  • img
newvision

Google on Monday said it is shutting down Orkut, its "first foray into social networking," to focus on YouTube, Blogger, and Google+ services that have proven more popular.

The California technology titan will pull the plug on 10-year-old Orkut at the end of September.

"Over the past decade, YouTube, Blogger and Google+ have taken off," Google engineering director Paul Golgher said in a blog post.

"Because the growth of these communities has outpaced Orkut's growth, we've decided to bid Orkut farewell."

Orkut was the result of a "20 percent project" in which Google workers got to spend a fifth of their time on ideas not necessarily related to their job responsibilities.

Orkut proved particularly popular in Brazil, where two years ago it was eclipsed by social networking powerhouse Facebook.

Google launched its Google+ social network in 2011 and has been slowly weaving it into other services.AFP
 

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Alcatel-Lucent chief defends 14-mn-euro payout
The head of telecoms equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent rejected government pressure Monday to renounce bonuses which could see him receive around 14 million euros ($15.7 million) as part of its buyout by rival Nokia....
Apple partners to boost business use of iPads-iPhones
Apple and computer network titan Cisco on Monday announced a partnership aimed at putting more iPhones and iPads to work at businesses....
One year and counting: Mars isolation experiment begins
Six people shut themselves inside a dome for a year in Hawaii on Friday, in the longest US isolation experiment aimed at helping NASA prepare for a pioneering journey to Mars....
Key Apple music exec steps down
A key executive for Apple's music service who came to the US tech giant with its acquisition of Beats has left the company, Apple said Friday....
Apple event set for Sept 9 in San Francisco
Apple on Thursday sent out invitations to a Sept. 9 media event, hinting that Siri virtual assistant software in its mobile devices will play a role....
Facebook celebrates one billion users in single day
Facebook boasted of a new benchmark Thursday in its seemingly inexorable march to Internet ubiquity: a billion people used the social network in a single day....
Are poor parliamentary debates a result of removal of school debates?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter