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Orkut Throwback: Then popular social media site remembered as 'farewell mail' goes viral

Orkut was one of the most-used and the popular social networking websites back then with over 300 million users

India TV Tech Desk India TV Tech Desk
New Delhi Published on: July 06, 2020 10:33 IST
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Orkut Interface

When we talk about our first-ever social media platform, it ought to be Orkut if you were growing up back then. Orkut introduced way back in 2004, became everyone's saviour back then and 'Orkuting' each other was the norm. However, its presence faded away soon with the introduction of now-popular social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter and Orkut now, is just a name in our memories. 16 years later, the name has surfaced again and this time, in the form of a viral Twitter trend. Read on to know more about it.

Twitterati remember Orkut

Orkut began making rounds on Twitter when people started sharing the farewell mail they received in 2014 when the social media site was about to shut. The mail was received on July 6, 2014 (for some it was on July 5), which marks 6 years of the Orkut shutdown. So, those who have used Orkut may know the significance of the website and how close it is to many.

The hashtags '#Orkut' and '#FarewellOrkut' trended on Twitter with people wanting Orkut back in the game again. Here are some of the tweets that were shared in memory of the website people couldn't do without:

For those who don't remember, Orkut was introduced by a Google employee going by the same name, Orkut Büyükkökten. The social networking site was owned by Google. While Orkut succumbed to the entry of new rivals in the social media game, it tried making it reentry in 2018, with the new social media site Hello. However, it couldn't become as popular as Orkut.

Currently, the Orkut website is still live and details about owner's transition from Orkut to Hello. It is suggested that Hello is 'the first social network built on loves, not likes.' From over there, you can also join Hello and get to know more about it. The Hello app is available on the Google Play Store and the App Store to download. It has over 1 million downloads on the Play Store.

Have you used Orkut? If yes, what is your favourite memory of the same? Comment below with your answers.

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