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Wednesday, October 4

My 2 cents about Orkut communities

Social networking is what they call it..this phenomenon of Orkutting...

Well, thats what it is... I would have never known ( A fact that anyway does not do any good, or bad for that matter), is that an ex-colleague of mine is my cousin's school-friend! Or I would have never known what XYZ who was a fresher at my previous office has like 120 friends, or that my little cousin who I thought is the shy types has 220 friends!! Beats me, what the heck, I am not that popular that means.. I need more count...like as in Headcount as they say in the s/w industry..

So we try to search for old friends/colleagues/college friends/school pals/train friends (If u r from Bombay), Area friends/anyone and everyone... Koi to kabhi ko milega types... I think thats what they call the Orkut-addiction and some folks are glad to be part of it!

Well, to each his own. I went there to be in touch with mainly Cousins of India.. unfortunately, there is no such category in ''you are on Orkut for'' .. The Categories are only ''Friends/activity partners/Dating/Business Networking''. Well, so one has to be diplomatic and chooose 'cause you never know who might be seeing your profile....

and I HATE the scrapbook funda, even though I do scrap sometimes in other folks scrapbooks.. I find it too impersonal. Why not write a message instead, through Orkut itself? I wish they come up with some tool where you could moderate messages on ur scrapbook. Anyone who is not on your friends' list can also write a scrap.. So in conclusion, the whole scrapbook can be a crapbook isn't it ?

Well, just like email and SMS, I guess Orkut is another one of those in-things that we will all get used to in a few years perhaps.

Someone who was ignorant (and therefore blissful) about Orkut asked me: Whats the full form of ORKUT?

Any answers?

Bee-ism: The world is surely shrinking, but aren't we creating more barriers by creating more 'communities' ?

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Orkut wiki tells you that the site's name comes from the founder's first name. Orkut is not really in in the US, myspace takes the cake there.

And on the bee-ism, remember reading a quote recently that goes (not verbatim) "if one morning all race, color differences in the world were to disappear, by afternoon humans will find another way to segregate".

October 05, 2006  
Blogger Anand said...

Orkut was named after Orkut Buyukkokten, a Google software engineer who developed the project during personal time allowed to him by Google. All employees at Google are allowed to spend twenty percent of their time working on personal interests, a policy Google has to encourage creativity. Buyukkokten had an interest in social networking and so developed his service, Google says.

@Bee-ism: On the contrary, the online communities are one of the tools accelerating "shrinking". What do you think?

October 10, 2006  
Blogger Anand said...

@Orkut: It has been named after Orkut Buyukkokten, a Google software engineer who developed the project during personal time allowed to him by Google. Buyukkokten had an interest in social networking and so developed his service, Google says.

@Bee-ism: On the contrary, online communities are one of the tools accelerating "shringking". What do you think?

October 10, 2006  

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