Google announced today that it will be shutting down Orkut, which was one of the first social networks that the company created. Orkut will be shutting down on September 30th.
Users will be unable to log in or export photo albums to Google+ after that date. Orkut was a product of Google’s 20% initiative, which allowed employees to use one-fifth of their working week on side projects. Google+ became a bigger focus at the company and has been integrated into a number of Google’s products.
Starting today, Google will no longer let users create a new Orkut account. Existing users can access the service as normal until the shutdown date.
Google believes the three-month period should give the community “time to manage the transition.” Orkut users can also export profile data, community posts, and photos through Google Takeout. Orkut launched around a decade ago and Google will preserve all of the websites public communities in an archive.
?It?s been a great 10 years, and we apologize to those still actively using the service,? said Paulo Golgher, an engineering director at Google. ?We hope people will find other online communities to spark more conversations and build even more connections for the next decade and beyond.?
Google is going to remove the Orkut app from Google Play and the Apple App Store today.
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