How To Download Your Orkut Information Easily

Yes, it’s official now. I still can’t forget my golden days there, Orkut was in fact one of the good traffic sources for our blog. It’s time to say good-bye now. Orkut will be officially shut down on September 30, 2014.

As of now you can do these things:

  • Log in, play games, & use your account as normal.
  • Export your photo albums to Google+.
  • Save your Orkut profile, scraps, testimonials, & community posts to your computer using Google Takeout (you can do this until September 2016).

Now here’s the hard part, after Orkut shuts down on September 30, 2014:

  • You will not be able to log in to Orkut.
  • You will not be able to export your photo albums to Google+.
  • Apps, APIs, & games will no longer be available.
  • Public communities will be saved in a publicly viewable Community Archive.

Download Your Orkut Information

How You Can Download Your Orkut Information

  • Visit Google Takeout page.
  • Go to Choose services and then select Orkut.
  • Choose the option Create archive.
  • It’ll take some time for the archive to get ready. You’ll also be noticed by email when it is ready.
  • When it is ready, you can click Download to have a backup of your Orkut Information.

You’ll get it as a single ZIP file containing HTML files and JPEG photos. You can download your profile, scraps received, testimonials received, activities, and your photos. You can also export your photo album from Orkut to Google+.

Facebook’s Attack Over Orkut — Profile Linking

FB UpdatesOrkut, a social network by Google Inc is popular only in two countries in the world. They are Brazil and India. From Last year Facebook have invaded these markets too. But now Facebook tries to ring death bell for orkut by allowing people to share their facebook updates in orkut.

Many people also believe might be the reason behind Facebook being down. Facebook also trying to import existing Orkut users to their side.

This new feature allows us stay connected with Orkut friends, even if they have not joined Facebook yet. This is for your friends who are not in Facebook but in Orkut. But you should be able to understand the business logic behind this? Well Done Facebook, Nice move. Google,its your turn.

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You Can Now Find Your Orkut Friends On Facebook

Facebook and Orkut have been the most popular social networking websites ruling the internet world, but Facebook overcame Orkut. Facebook has the option for importing contacts from other Email and IM services.

Now Facebook provided a direct option for importing your Orkut buddies to Facebook. You can use different email account to find more friends. You can also invite your Orkut friends to Facebook if they are not in it.

Find Orkut Friends

Services supported by Facebook for importing contacts are Gmail, Orkut, Rediff, Windows Live Hotmail, Yahoo!, Yahoo! Messenger, Google Apps Mail and other Email service. I love this feature, connected with almost 50+ Orkut buddies. Since I left Orkut long back, this is a nice way to get in touch with Old Orkut Friends.
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Orkut Attacked By New Worm — Bom Sabado [Alert]

Quite recently I came to know Orkut has been attacked by a new worm named Bom Sabado (Damn names!). It is actually a new script indeed.

This script is believed to be generated from Brazil where Orkut is most popular social networking website. Earlier mysterious links were spreading on Orkut and creating huge problems, that almost made Orkut users quite Orkut!

This new worm spreads on Orkut which sends a scrap with words “Bom Sabado” in it. There are some HTML content also there.

If you open your scrapbook, same scrap will be sent to all your friends from your account.

Orkut New Worm

Use the mobile version of Orkut till this issue is cleared. Requested to stay from Orkut scraps until further notice.

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Grab 7 Free Orkut New Design Invitations : Giveaway

We all know that the revamped Orkut site is by-invitation only. Google sent out initial invitations to a group of active users and Google/Orkut engineers and they will invite others to the network. Recently I got invite from my friend Srivathsan. The new features are quite wonderful. But I don’t think they are creative ones.

I’m currently having 8 Invitations for Orkut New Design, so started giveaway.

Orkut New Design

How you can participate in this free Orkut Invitation giveaway?

  • Just comment using your name and email address.
  • Optional : In the comment mention why you need this invite.

I’ll select 8 lucky winners via Random.org or any other online list randomizers and remember I can only give you an invite if you have Orkut account.

So add me in Orkut before/after commenting here. It will be better if you can scrap me about the comment you made.

P.S. Please don’t approach me directly/indirectly for Orkut New Design Invites. Cheers!

Winners of Orkut New Design :

1. Vivek
2. Rajeel
3. Yogesh
4. Sourav
5. Nisha

FYI, still 2 more invites are left..so start commenting and get the invites for free! 🙂

Promote Your Business/Product/Blog Through Orkut For Free!

Yesterday while I was browsing in Orkut, I found something peculiar in the right sidebar ad. I thought it was just another normal creative advertisement and ignored it many times. But, later I gave a sharp look. Then I came to know the new feature of Orkut called Orkut Promote. This is like a self-advertising platform where advertisers and regular Orkut users can promote their content including photos, videos or text among the Orkut community. Google charges advertisers for promotion while regular Orkut members don’t need to pay any fee for using Orkut promote.

To know more about Orkut Promote, check their official YouTube video.

What I can do with Orkut Promote?

  • Lets you and your friends share YouTube videos, photos, or text with each other. You can easily spread word of a good video, a cool picture, or some technical news.
  • Lets you to share your friends promotions, and they can share yours, so this makes the information or content to become viral.
  • Lets you track how many people have seen your promotion, and how many of them have shared it with their friends or trashed it under the my promotions tab.

Orkut Promote - Self-Advertising Platform
Orkut Promote - Self-Advertising Platform

How to Create Free Promotion?

  • Click promote on the left sidebar of your Orkut profile or homepage.
  • Enter a title and a comment(description).
  • You can add more text, a YouTube video, or one of your public orkut photos.
  • After adding different elements to your promotion, the preview box will update to reflect your changes.
  • When you are satisfied with your promotion, click create promotion.

Note : Orkut Promote is used by both advertisers and orkut users. So you see advertisements in your promotion box sometimes. You can trash or promote ads in the same way you can do with your friends’ promotions.

Don’t Click Any Third Party Links In Orkut!

OrkutRecently some of my friend’s updates showed a mysterious link titled New Orkut Version (Don’t ever click it!). I thought they only kept like that. But it was not true. Almost 30 profiles in my friends list have been taken over or hacked. Yesterday one of my Orkut friend told me he has the feeling that his Orkut profile has been hacked or taken over. He has some problems like automatic status bar update and addition of unknown Orkut Communities.

If your Orkut account has been taken over, feel free to report to Orkut regarding it. It helps !

The best way to avoid such troubles is to avoid or never provide your login information to sites other than in www.orkut.com

And also don’t click such links like New Orkut Version or any other thing similar to it. These links are mostly available in Orkut status bar and in about me page. A Click is all needed to get your profile hacked. If you are lucky enough to have access to your orkut account still, then go and change your password and security question immediately. Change all the previous settings. If you found a phishing page, please report it to Google. It could save someone in Orkut. If you are not aware of phishing websites and emails, then consider reading Beware Of Phisher – Review.

There are a hell lot of websites or webpages that look similar to Orkut. Don’t ever provide your login information as said before. They take control of your orkut profile to advertise porn or other links. It may be used for illegal purposes also, who knows.

Check these Google Forums for details regarding it :

Another Orkut Bogus/fake website!

How to save yourself from such Phishing

Protecting Your Orkut Account

Better be Safe than Sorry. Prevention is always better than Sure!

As per our concern, don’t ever provide your login information to such links other than to www.orkut.com (or orkut.com) and never click any links from Orkut status bar and in about me page. Frequently change your password and security question. Happy Orkutting!