Google reveals plans to shut down Orkut social network in September
July 4, 2014, 12:01 am TWN
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.