Google closing Orkut social network; Backup your data by Sep 30, 2014
SOST TODAY, September 10: Google has confirmed speculation that they would bring their first foray into social networking to a close, with the closure of the Orkut community site.
Orkut was Google’s first social network which was created nearly 10 years ago and was initially built as a 20 percent project within the Google company.
Since then a lot has changed on the Internet and with the popularity of Google’s other services such as YouTube, Blogger and of course their latest social networking creation Google+. Google has now decided to shut down Orkut as of September 30th 2014.
Until that date current users of the social network will be given time to export their profile data, photos and community posts using the handy Google Takeout. From today it is now impossible for new users to create an account on Orkut, however Google will be archiving all the public communities which will still be available to view online from the closure date.
The Orkut website is named after its creator, Google employee Orkut Büyükkökten, and the website was one of the most visited in India and Brazil during its time. For more information on the new announcement by Google regards the closure of Orkut and the actions they will be taking with user data, jump over to the Orkut blog website for details.
Do you still have an Orkut account? The social network wasn’t a huge success globally, but caught on in India and Brazil, and the community here used to be very active, although most people have since moved on to Facebook and other networks. Google has now announced that it is closing Orkut down, and if you have any pictures or messages in Orkut that you want to keep, then you need to save them elsewhere.
Also see: Google Shutting Down Orkut Social Network)
If you are still an active user or if you have some data there that you’d like to download, there are easy ways to do so. Before you begin, know that you can’t download information from other people’s accounts. Google only lets you download data from your own Orkut account. This also means you won’t be able to download the scraps or testimonials you sent to other people. You can only download the scraps and testimonials you’ve received and their comments.
Saving the pictures from Orkut is particularly simple since you can easily transfer them to a Google+ account. This method will stop working after September 30, 2014. Exporting to Google+ is easy – just follow these steps:
1) Go to Google+ and log in to your account.
2) Now open Orkut’s album export page.
3) Click to select each album you want to export or choose “Select all”.
4) Click “Import selected”. This will transfer your photos to Google+. All these photos will only be visible to you. You’ll have to change their privacy settings to make them visible to others.
If you want to save the pictures and scraps to your computer instead, you can use Google Takeout. This service lets you download all your Orkut account data in a zip file. The file will contain HTML files and photos. Google says you can download your profile, scraps received, testimonials received, activities and your photos from Orkut. You will be able to download your Orkut data using Google Takeout until September 2016. This is how to download your Orkut data:
1) Head to Google Takeout and sign in if you haven’t already done so.
2) Click “Choose services” and then select Orkut.
3) Click “Create archive” and wait till the archive is ready. If you like, you can leave the page, and receive an email when the archive is ready.
4) Once the archive is ready, click Download. Google says there’s no limit on how many times you can download your Orkut information.