Orkut, Google’s first social networking application which was started January 2004, will be discontinued from September this year, announced Google. “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,” said Paula Golgher, Google engineering director on an Orkut blog post yesterday.
Facebook, launched the same year as Orkut – 2004, has 128 crore users as of now. Google+, which was launched 2011, in comparison with Orkut has been doing much better. Orkut has many users in Brazil and India, but not so widely present in other countries. Orkut will be discontinued from September 30th, but all profile data, communications, content will continue to be available till September 2016. All accounts, data, on Orkut can be migrated to Google+ using the Google Takeout service. Google’s social networking Vice President Vic Gundotra’s departure from the company in April started many rumors with regard to Google’s focus on social networking.
Another service “Quickoffice”, an app for Android and iOS that allows users to create, view, and edit Excel, PowerPoint, and Word files on mobile devices, will also be discontinued.