February 03, 2004
Orkut usability (or not)

One of the locations I access the net from has blocked access to the Orkut website from their network. Accessing it by running ssh to another host and lynx from there, however, is a possibility, if the website itself only had been accessible:

The below crop (click to see full screenshot) show how useless a site using graphical navigation becomes when no IMG ALT tags are applied to the images used in navigation. (names of the innocent removed for their privacy).

orkut.com-in-lynx screenshot (click to zoom)

Is Mr X my friend? The options I have to answer are [LINK] and [LINK]. Neat.


What if I was blind? What about the blind? .. or anyone else using lynx or a text-based browser for whatever reason?

I once tried Friendster and also ran into some other usability problems, but I dare to say that the screenshot above shows that Google hasn't spent anywhere near the same amount of effort on making Orkut as accessible as the "big-brother" of usable websites, Google.com...

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I find it strange that people would skip over such simple things as ALT tags that could greatly improve the accessibility of their sites. So what if Orkut is still in infancy. There's some things that are just easier to fix than to not.

Posted by: Philip on February 3, 2004 02:22 PM

I think it's the [INLINE] in the lower right corner of the page that says "beta".

Posted by: StickyC on February 3, 2004 06:59 PM

Anders, why don't you just create an SSH-tunnel to www.orkut.com and use Internet Explorer to view the page?

Posted by: Christian Stigen Larsen on February 4, 2004 12:38 PM

Christian - I thought about it but I'm not THAT keen. Furthermore I still wanted to highlight the accessability issue with missing ALT tags for other users not in my position (i.e. not able to do ssh tunnelling).

Thanks for the tip, though!

Posted by: Anders on February 4, 2004 01:39 PM

my college internet servers have blocked the keywords "orkut.com" and "www.orkut.com"... i'm guessing they haven't blocked the orkut.com ip... but i somehow cant access the site thru the ip... cud anyone pls explain to me how to either set up a SSH tunnel to the site or provide me with any other methods to access the site...

ps: im behind a http proxy.

thx a lot.

Posted by: Saurabh on April 5, 2005 02:55 PM

hey man, i also have the same problem in my college.
but somehow u can reach orkut through www.filter2005.com website, it will redirect u through another address.

enjoy using orkut :)

Posted by: imran on July 4, 2005 01:14 PM


Posted by: noushin on August 20, 2005 03:50 PM

hi I can not enter to orkut

Posted by: Elham on August 27, 2005 04:14 PM

can not open the orkut.com help me

Posted by: on September 18, 2005 01:01 PM

even that www.filter2005.com isnt working man

damn! orkut doesnt open in the university

anyother shortKUT or way yyyy yyy yy .....!!!

any ?

Posted by: aiman on September 21, 2005 09:07 AM

how cai i inter in to the orjut because it has filter and i cany go to it

Posted by: leila on October 7, 2005 06:27 PM

nothing yet!!!

i wanna seeee the orkut

but i can n"t open it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: houman on October 22, 2005 10:01 AM

Hi, I am Brazilian and in the sites of questions and answers of Brazil here I do not find no option to have access orkut when it is bolqueado. Is good for remembering that all the dominios proxy are blocked here. Somebody has a solution to have access in another way?

Posted by: bambam on January 16, 2006 05:13 PM
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