At a time when Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Reddit among others define social media for the world, let’s take out some time to recall and miss Gen Y’s old friend — Orkut.
Orkut was probably the first social media platform for many young Indians, which introduced them to the world of online chatting and sharing messages as a precursor to Facebook. Owned by Google, Orkut was once THE social media platform Desi youth. After all, which 90s kid does not miss “scraps”? After 10 years of service, the website had shut down in 2014, making way for Facebook.
And it seems, over the weekend, Twitter decided to travel down the memory lane to recall the nostalgia of Orkut, when user Shubhangi Chopra (@shonupie) asked on the micro-blogging platform, “Who all used Orkut here?”
Who all used Orkut here?
— Shubhangi Chopra (@shonupie) July 2, 2020
The post garnered more than 1,000 retweets and later in another subsequent tweet, Shubhangi also said she was introduced to the platform by her elder sister.
Nice to c Soo many ppl went back to their memories..
My elder sister created account for me
N I was like whoaaa Kya hai ye…kaise hota hai,used to go to cafes to check it….
— Shubhangi Chopra (@shonupie) July 3, 2020
This further sparked the #Orkut to trend on Twitter, with hundreds revisiting the time when Orkut was ‘the Facebook’ of their lives.
Founded in 2004, the Google-owned Orkut was shut down in 2014. Named after its creator and Google employeeOrkut Büyükkökten, Orkut managed to become one of the most visited websites in India and Brazil in 2008.