The Verdict – Facebook Overtakes Orkut In India

It may seem slightly childish to start a blog  post in this fashion but… We Told You So! –  Of course, it wasn’t just us, and I certainly took my clues (and data) from a lot of other sources except my gut, and looking at user comments, though few, it remains the  general opinion of the populace that Facebook was destined to overtake Orkut in India. And so has it occurred. ComScore...
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New Privacy features on Orkut – Is It Too Late?

If you start a hashtag called privacy on Twitter, I am sure It will become a trend in no time. Come on, everyone in the world is talking about privacy, as an infant gets excited about a new toy. Latest to join the bandwagon is the almost forgotten but trying hard to get back social networking site, a product of the internet giant Google, our very own Orkut. It started with Facebook facing backlash...
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Google Hopes To Increase Orkut Usage With Orkut Extension for Chrome

We all know that Facebook has already surpassed Orkut as the most visited social network website in India where Orkut used to be the most visited social network once! The war is still not over and Facebook now wants to leap frog Orkut. Well, not that Orkut kept quiet, they too have taken counter steps to check facebook’s growth but have not made much of a difference. And now Google is trying...
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“We Are Not Influenced By Facebook Or Twitter!” – Rahul Kulkarni – Product Manager – Orkut.com

We reviewed the new orkut platform yesterday and now we bring to you an exclusive interview with Rahul Kulkarni – Product Manager for Orkut. WATBlog spoke to him about the reasons for the change, the competition pressure, Orkut’s future and more.Q: Reasons for New Orkut? A: About a year and a half ago we started thinking about how will social networking evolve in India? Earlier there...
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Facebook Overtakes Orkut in India!

Orkut and Facebook  has been a favourite topic for most of us here. Who’s winning? Who WILL win? What’s the future of social networking in India? Recently, there was a huge furore over Facebook promoting itself in India by urging people to add their Orkut Friends. Then Orkut blocked their nifty little tool, so on and so forth. Look at any mention of Orkut news that we’ve covered,...
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Facebook Says Welcome in Hindi, Punjabi, Bengali, Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam – A Move to Kick Orkut Out of India?

It is a fact often discussed in Indian Social Network environment of how Orkut if number 1 in India even though it’s close to dead elsewhere in the world. This might have certainly weighed heavy on a lot of heads at Facebook, for they knew they had a better product and still couldn’t capture the huge Indian online base (let’s not debate about huge for now). And now in a bid to push...
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Orkut Does A Facebook! Adds Privacy To Photos, Videos and Testimonials!

Orkut which was known for its openness with regards to anyone being able to view anyones profile. Thats what connected over 69 million users* on orkut. Even indians got taken by the voyeurism aspect of this social network which we have mentioned earlier in our social networking in india presentation.   Why did Orkut Add Privacy Features? With the entry of facebook which brought with it privacy...
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Now access Orkut from Facebook!!! Indian Techie creates Orkut Killer Facebook Application!

Ok Im still trying to come to terms with the possibilities of the facebook application that i have just used!! So please pardon my over enthusiastic tone! We were probably the first ones to write about the possibility of facebook killing orkut in India and with what i have just witnessed this could be a reality sooner than later. Coming to the point.. A Indian IIT Post Graduate has created an Orkut...
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Facebook will be the next Orkut in India.. Unbelievable? Read on..

Ok I must say that my love for orkut has been the real reason ive never really signed up with facebook. But with unlimited invites and some real recommendations from some really intelligent people i know I finally signed up 3 weeks ago and gave it a try.. Well i must say i was impressed with facebook! But that made me dig a lil more into what’s it thats attracting Indians into the facebook phenomenon. But...
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