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Google to shut down social networking service Orkut in September

Published on Jul 1, 2014 6:40 AM
 
This photo taken on Feb 5, 2014 shows the Google logo on a wall at the entrance of the Google offices in Brussels. Google will shut down its early social-networking service, Orkut, which was launched ten years ago but has failed to put Google ahead in what has become one of the Web's most popular businesses. -- PHOTO: AFP

SAN FRANCISCO (REUTERS) - Google will shut down its early social-networking service, Orkut, which was launched ten years ago but has failed to put Google ahead in what has become one of the Web's most popular businesses.

Google said it will shut down Orkut, which is widely used in Brazil and India but hasn't caught on more broadly, on Sept 30, to focus on its other social networking initiatives.

The company declined to say how many users Orkut has. "Over the past decade, YouTube, Blogger and Google+ have taken off, with communities springing up in every corner of the world. Because the growth of these communities has outpaced Orkut's growth, we've decided to bid Orkut farewell," Google said in a post on the Orkut blog on Monday.

Orkut was launched early in 2004, the same year that Facebook, now the world's No.1 social network with 1.28 billion users, was founded.

 
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