January 23, 2004
Hello Orkut!

Orkut Buyukkokten is working at Google, and in his allotted spare time, he developed Orkut - Google's contribution to the social networking scene (read more release info).

While Friendster has been going strong in the US for a while, and new German Friendity recently got started, this means a major shakeup in the industry: startups will have a lot harder time trying to win if Google puts some market muscle behind its offering.

Why do they do it? Hard to say, but they've already bought blogger.com and can/will use it to enhance search results using their "webquotes" functionality.

What comes next? Imagine social bookmarking site del.icio.us on drugs and merged with Eurekster-like search engine results enhancement functionality?!

The future's bright, my friends.

... next: how many people will bother registering & will such technologies reach critical mass - reach wide enough to improve the lives of the average web-users, or will it remain a technology for the front-running geeks? Only time can tell, but informed sources tell me Friendster has made a fair bit of impact in the US the last year (while being a fairly unfamiliar site over here in Europe)

Goog luck, Google & Orkut!

(credit for the news to Heiko)

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Lots of informative links in this post. I wonder why Orkut is an invitation-only? I guess the developers are trying to capitalize on the appeal of exclusivity.

Posted by: Louis Clotman on January 23, 2004 01:26 PM

Hi Louis; I imagine them being invitation-only ensures a couple of things:

1) semi-controlled growth in the start (imagine the hundreds of thousands of people that are going to hit their front pages the next weeks?)
2) they'll avoid any un-connected users - since anyone joining has at least one connection by definition, they'll avoid "loose clouds" of smaller groups of people
3) of course, there's a certain air of exclusivity to it...

Posted by: Anders on January 23, 2004 02:10 PM

Surely it is the avoidance of unconnected people that this is aimed at stopping. For the trial to be successful people need to get something out of it, and having slightly connected groups will give it a kick in the right direction!

Posted by: George Brisco on January 23, 2004 03:52 PM

Is there any info on the site about how many members it already has?
I heard they sent 13000 invitations yesterday. It would be interesting to see how fast this can grow (and how long it will take until someone of my friends invites me ;)).

Posted by: Thomas on January 24, 2004 12:03 AM

and when social networking in spanish? It´s a great market, I don´t understaind Friendster ...

Posted by: Antonio Ortiz on January 26, 2004 08:14 PM

No one has invited me as yet :(

Posted by: umesh on January 30, 2004 01:29 PM

i want to use orkut,pl.

Posted by: neda on September 3, 2004 10:04 PM

can i also get an invite to orkut.just have quick question..how long does it take for an invitation to reach..is it instant or does it take a while...when i say a while..i mean my friend sent me an invitation last week and still it hasnt reached me. so i was hoping if any one else would invite me..thanks

Posted by: Omar Naik on September 18, 2004 05:24 AM

i want to have an invitation for orkut.com if its possible... Thanks

Posted by: Mamin on October 6, 2004 06:49 PM

My name is Cíntia Lo Bianco, I am 25 years, I am a brazilian girl and I Would know if you can send me a invitation for Orkut... Please...
My e-mail is cintialobianco@bol.com.br
(If you can send me today - day 12 - month 10...)

Posted by: Cíntia Lo Bianco on October 12, 2004 02:14 PM

man .... pls send me an orkut Invite. .. pls... I'm just dying to see what the hell is orkut :P

Posted by: kamal on November 26, 2004 04:59 PM

hi
i like to invite u to orkut...i am mechanical engineer ,like to have great friend...
bye

Posted by: shery on December 15, 2004 11:32 AM

hi im a 15 year old aussie stranded in cheshire, england. please help me.
i would really like to have an orkut invite so i can invite all of my friends from manly (near sydney, new south wales auz) i moved over here about 5 years and after a few holidays all i get is some irregualr emails and a few photos and letters.
i really need this orkut invite so i can now message and talk to my friends across the world. i do often use blogs and things (i wont put mine here as ads).
please help and i will forvever make a good intellectual friend

Posted by: mike on January 15, 2005 02:09 PM

Please Someone send me orkut invitation

smsarband@hotmail.com

Regards

Posted by: Shan on January 18, 2005 02:52 AM

hello
im hoping to get an orkut invitation soon
can any one here could send me one please
waiting and willing
bye

Posted by: tauseef on February 14, 2005 07:42 PM

is there any boy invite me to orkut?plz

Posted by: again rob on June 2, 2005 10:03 AM

PLASE, GIVEME INVITE ORKUT

Posted by: MOJTABA on June 4, 2005 11:56 PM

Hi, may I please get an invitation to Orkut

Posted by: niels on July 22, 2005 02:31 PM

hi,
i am cristiano
do u mind to send me an invitation of orkut?
my email address is cristiano7mu@hotmail.com

thank you....

Posted by: cristiano on August 18, 2005 10:11 AM

i would love to get such an orkut invitation :)

Posted by: Dark Obsession on August 25, 2005 02:08 PM

please send me invitaion in 5 minutes

Posted by: Muzammil on August 28, 2005 01:33 PM

Please Someone send me orkut invitation .
tanks...

My Name : Hamid Hosseini
My Email : Mehr6182@Hotmail.com

Posted by: Hamid Hosseini on August 31, 2005 10:02 AM

Please,
I want to be invited too!

Posted by: Fanny on September 5, 2005 09:57 PM

plz invite me in orkut..

Posted by: alina on September 10, 2005 07:28 AM

hi
is there any person invite me to orkut?plz
your regaurd
hassan

Posted by: Hassan on September 11, 2005 02:41 PM

No one has invited me as yet :(

Posted by: wuchao on September 16, 2005 05:05 AM

hi please sent to me a orkut invit

Posted by: Ali Rezaie on September 16, 2005 08:52 AM

please send me an orkut invite.

Posted by: jesse on September 18, 2005 11:53 PM

Hi, I would like to Orkut Invite.

My Email : HogwartsStudent.Paul@gmail.com

Thank you

Posted by: Paul on September 20, 2005 08:20 AM

Please Someone send me orkut invitation .
tanks...

My Name : Naresh
My Email : nareshb513@gmail.com

Posted by: on September 21, 2005 12:36 PM

Can anyone invite me for orkut community.

Thanks in advance.

Hanwant
London, UK

Posted by: Hanwant Verma on September 22, 2005 06:36 PM

Can anyone invite me to orkut?

My mail is chrisorkut@hotmail.com

Thanks in advance.

Posted by: on September 24, 2005 07:06 PM

Please send me an orkut invitation
Thank you

Posted by: sherry on September 30, 2005 05:24 PM

hi
plz plz sent me an orkut invitation.i want 2 see
that how much my friends r there & there might be some of my older friends.

Posted by: ALI on October 2, 2005 02:10 PM

i want to join the orkut. plz give me the invition.thankyou

Posted by: ali khan on October 5, 2005 03:11 PM

Can anyone invite me to orkut?

email: il.pretoriano@gmail.com

Posted by: pretoriano on October 5, 2005 03:34 PM

i am a 15 year old boy please invite me to orkut!

email: forum@sochy.com

Thanks in advance

Posted by: on October 6, 2005 06:49 PM

please send me an orkut invite.

Thank your very much.

Email: Captain2522@gmail.com

Posted by: Captain on October 7, 2005 03:53 AM

Hi ...!

can someone please invite me to orkut??

thank you very much ...!!

cu!

Email: Captain2522@gmail.com

Posted by: Captain on October 8, 2005 08:33 AM

Can anyone invite me to orkut?

My mail is alex1911@freemail.gr

Posted by: Alexander on October 8, 2005 10:08 PM

Hello,

Can anyone please send me an invitation to urkut

I will really appreciate it

aramzareyan@gmail.com

Posted by: aram zareyan on October 9, 2005 10:15 AM

Hi [^_^] : …!!!
I would like to Orkut Invite, Please send to me at

Name : Captain
EMail : CaptainWebMaster@gmail.com

Thank you [^_^]

Posted by: Captain on October 12, 2005 03:56 PM

Please send me an orkut invitation i would be
very grateful to you and will never forget your
favour.
fishlesssea@yahoo.com
Thanks in advance

Posted by: Sherry on October 13, 2005 04:49 PM

hi
please..............i want an invition......please give me..............

Posted by: Naoman on October 15, 2005 08:46 PM

I would like an invite to Orkut. Please do not solicite my email address. Thank you.

Posted by: Ben on October 26, 2005 04:33 AM

plz ........ send me an orkut invitation i,ll be really really thankful to u.
thanks in advance!

Posted by: sweat angel on November 24, 2005 11:27 AM

pplzzzzzzzzzzzzz send me an orkut invitation plz plz plz i really want 2 have thanks.........

Posted by: Priscilla on December 1, 2005 01:18 PM

can I get an orkut invitation from you? Thanks,

Posted by: Tiger on December 18, 2005 05:00 PM

Can I get an invite

Posted by: Lori on December 29, 2005 12:54 AM

Can anyone please send me an invitation to 0rkut

I will really appreciate it

Posted by: Manav on January 5, 2006 12:25 AM

Hi
Can anyone spare me an Orkut invitation, pls
Thanks

Posted by: Smiley on January 6, 2006 01:24 PM

Can anyone please send me an invitation to 0rkut

I will be delighted. :)

Posted by: Krishna on January 25, 2006 07:05 PM

Hi
Can anyone spare me an Orkut invitation, pls.i would appreciate it

Thanks

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