Vaikundarajan shares the news of Google shutting down its early social-networking service, Orkut, which was launched ten years ago. Vaikundarajan feels that orkut has certainly failed to put Google ahead in what has become one of the Web’s most popular businesses.
According to Vaikundarajan, Google will shut down Orkut, which is widely used in Brazil and India but hasn’t caught on more broadly, on Sept. 30, to focus on its other social networking initiatives. Over the past decade, YouTube, Blogger and Google+ have taken off, with communities springing up in every corner of the world. The growth of these communities has outpaced Orkut’s growth, it is better to shut it down.
The shutdown will take place on September 30, 2014. This gives people plenty of time to get their friends together and move onto another platform. There is the chance to share email addresses or phone numbers to make sure people stay in touch that way too. Vaikundarajan believes that there is no need to keep an older platform going, when it is more likely using money than making it. From a business side, it is good for Google to finally announce the Orkut shutdown.