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All employees at Google are allowed to spend twenty percent of their time working on personal interests, a policy Google has to encourage creativity. Buyukkokten had an interest in social networking and so developed his service, Google says. Now the company has decided to open it to the public.
The move comes in the wake of rumors that Google wanted to buy social networking service Friendster last year and just a day after Eurekster launched, a social network service that refines search results. Is this a sign that Google plans to use social networking for search?
He'll have to watch though. White text on white background is SEO spam (as it initially appears as) and his site may be punished once Google (this search engine I've heard about) detects the tactic!
(Warning: This post contains humour)
Other examples of illegal or unauthorized uses include, but are not limited to:Source: orkut.com Terms of Service [orkut.com]
* using any robot, spider, site search/retrieval application, or other device to retrieve or index any portion or the orkut.com service;
But hey, they forgot the 'robots.txt' file (gives a 'page not found' error). Not something you would expect from a site in affiliation with Google.
Just curious, but is Orkut the only one who has worked on this service? And in general, are Google-20%-projects usually conceived of and worked on solo, or are they sometimes team-based?
Oh, and amusingly, from what I know of Orkut... unlike the Friendster guy, Orkut doesn't need an app like this to enhance his social life :D
Muhahaha, posting during work hours on my 20% free time. ;)
Oh no we've created a monster! heh.
So GG any projections on how quickly this thing will get to the levels that say, other.. similar services are at? I mean- since its invite only it can only grow as fast as its members invite people. Until orkut opens its doors like friendster has now.
Didn't friendster originally used to be "sixdegrees" or whatever?
What's up with the competition? They move slower than a zombie in a monster movie.
Aside from Orkut, there are a slew of social networking sites that:
- are 100 times faster
- have TONS more functionality
- have significantly more potential, given their structure
- have management with more of a sense of humor, yet still manage to keep their sites useful for business-networkers
I guess it really is the "well, all my friends are on [x]" syndrome, a la AOL/AIM. Similarly, there are many other more robust instant messaging solutions, but AOL/AIM is where "all your friends are," so, well, there you go.
Given that Orkut.com is supported by Google, though, and so much of Google-touched stuff becomes successful... I have high hopes for it ;)