Orkut was started in 2004 according to Forbes and it had 29 million users by 2009. Most of Orkut’s users were from India and Brazil. Later Facebook and Twitter lead the race and Google had to shut down Orkut in September 2014. Users of Orkut gave nostalgic tributes, because for many Orkut was their introduction to social networking. Now Orkut is coming back with the new name “Hello”.
More about Hello
Turkish engineer at Google, Orkut Buyukkokten was the developer behind Orkut. His new social network, Hello, is already off the ground and active in the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and Ireland, among other countries. The location based social network will launch in India by September. Currently, Hello is developed as an app, and is not available in India yet.
Hello has the usual social networking features like a personalized timeline, picking relevant interests and direct messaging options, it tries to gamify your experience through leader boards. There are milestones to unlock in Hello. Depending on the interests that you choose (they are calling it personas), the level of interaction your contributions generate will be awarded to boost you up as a persona leader. In the meanwhile, you’ll also be able to reach milestones and unlock rewards, but we are yet to determine how will these features work out.
From a note on the website, Orkut said,” We meet a finite number of people in our lifetimes, and who we meet has a huge effect on our lives: how happy we are, how safe we feel, and whether we find love and companionship. We all want to be a part of a community. We all want to belong. We all want to be loved. That’s why the world needs hello. The world is a more beautiful place when we all can connect.”
As an app it will be interesting to see how Hello will deal will big players like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. The app already has poor rating in Play Store and good ratings in iOS App Store. What we can do now is to sign up for an invite and wait for the launch.