I know that this is going to happen. But after receiving an email from Google yesterday, i was shocked.! And at the same time also realized the how much i have an affection with the Orkut and this is because as many of the Indians Orkut was the first social network which people get interacted onto each other with Friends, Colleagues, Families etc. I can’t forget that We have the very first School Reunion after passing out the School with the help of Orkut. I created a community and posted topics to it and requested each friend to join the Reunion by sending them Personal Messages and/or by Scraping them. The Reunion was Awesome most of the batch mates have attended (even they were out of station) & the event went Successful.
The email i received from Google is as such “After ten years of sparking conversations and forging connections, we have decided it’s time for us to start saying goodbye to Orkut. 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 focus our energy and resources on making these other social platforms as amazing as possible for everyone who uses them.
We will shut down Orkut on September 30, 2014. Until then, there will be no impact on you, so you may have time to manage the transition. You can export your profile data, community posts and photos using Google Takeout (available until September 2016). We are preserving an archive of all public communities, which will be available online starting September 30, 2014. 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. Please visit our Help Center for any further details.
It’s been a great 10 years, and we apologize to those of you still actively using the service. We hope you will find other online communities to spark more conversations and build even more connections for the next decade and beyond.”