Google has dipped it’s toe (again) into social software with Orkut. While this service is not featured as part of the Google porfolio of products, it is developed by one (or more) Google employees so, well, it’s a Google product at the end of the day.
Haven’t seen it — clearly, my trusted friends are not in the know. A stale personal page on the guy behind Orkut is here.
Orkut backwards is Tukro which makes about as much sense as Orkut.
[Update 1/23/04: #1]: I’m in. Thanks to a couple of trusted friends who I don’t know.
[Update 1/23/04: #2]: Interesting. The site appears to be based on ASP.NET. It’s performance was nice and spunky
until the last hour when it went all-Friendster-like… currently down or terribly slow… can’t tell. Strike that, it’s spunky again.
[Update 1/24/04: #3]: I’ve now got roughly the same number of friends in Orkut as I do in Friendster. If you assume they’re counting folks in my “personal network” the same way (no idea if they are), you can compare the total network size. # of friends in Orkut: 5746. # of friends in Friendster: 472,161.
[Update 1/25/04: #4]: 12 hours later. # of friends in Orkut: 7354 # of friends in Friendster: 472,619.
[Update 1/25/04: #5]: It appears that no one but Tribe.net knows how to build a scalable social network:
We’ve taken orkut.com