Orkut, the first social networking site by Google Inc. is all set to shut down. Orkut which was launched 10 years ago will be no longer available from September 30 2014. It has also stopped accepting new users from June 30, however existing users can export their information using Google Takeout (available till September 2016).
Google To Shutting Down its First Social Networking Site Orkut
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Google launched its first Social Networking site in Jan 2004, the same year when Facebook was launched. Initially it gained a huge response but it started losing the social media battle to Facebook. By 2008 Orkut was very popular in India and Brazil, while Facebook overtook Orkut in other countries. By 2010 Facebook overtook Orkut in India too with 20.9 Million users which made Google to launch Google+ to take on with Facebook in 2011. It surpassed Orkut in Brazil by 2012. According to data availability 50% of the users are from Brazil and 20% are from India and 18% are from the United States.
Orkut mobiles app has also been removed from Google Play and Apple’s App Store. Those who have already downloaded the app will be able to use it till the services closes.
Recently Google had also announced of shutting down Quickoffice, an app for iOS and Android which allowed its users to create, view and edit word files, Excel files and PowerPoint files on mobiles.
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