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Google reveals plans to shut down Orkut social network in September

SAN FRANCISCO--Google on Monday said it is shutting down Orkut, its “first foray into social networking,” to focus on YouTube, Blogger, and Google+ services that have proven more popular.

The California technology titan will pull the plug on 10-year-old Orkut at the end of September.

“Over the past decade, YouTube, Blogger and Google+ have taken off,” Google engineering director Paul Golgher said in a blog post.

“Because the growth of these communities has outpaced Orkut's growth, we've decided to bid Orkut farewell.”

Orkut was the result of a “20 percent project” in which Google workers got to spend a fifth of their time on ideas not necessarily related to their job responsibilities.

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