Orkut, Google’s first social networking site launched ten years ago will shutdown on September 30.
Google said that Orkut did very well in India and Brazil but the service failed to gain popularity in other parts of the world and lost sheen to its competitors like Facebook, Twitter, etc.
“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,” Google said in a post on the Orkut blog on Monday.
Orkut, which popularised posts or scraps between friends however declined to say how many users it has.
Orkut was the result of a “20 per cent project” in which Google workers got to spend a fifth of their time on ideas not necessarily related to their job responsibilities.
Starting today, Orkut will stop accepting new accounts. Existing users can still access the service as normal, however; Google says the three-months time should “give the community time to manage the transition.” Orkut enthusiasts will still be able to export all of their data using Google Takeout.
“It’s been a great 10 years, and we apologize to those still actively using the service,” Paulo Golgher, an engineering director at Google said. “We hope people will find other online communities to spark more conversations and build even more connections for the next decade and beyond.”
The company said it would preserve an archive of all of the site’s public communities that will be available from September 30. “If you don’t want your posts or name to be included in the community archive, you can remove Orkut permanently from your Google account,” Google said.
The Orkut app will be taken out from Google Play and the Appstore later today. To learn more about how Orkut’s user base will be affected in the coming months visit the Google’s support site here.