gene_simmons, invited me to Orkut a couple of weeks ago. First I thought it was a deserted Dutch island, but later I found out that it was an Internet community. Hellâ€¦ why not try. I PMâ€™ed gene my email address (a hotmail address wonâ€™t work). The email address I send him, was not a hotmail address, but orkut didnâ€™t like it, so I had to send him another. After that I received an invitation. When I joined Orkut I had to fill in a couple of questions to make a profile. After that I was directed to the cdfreaks community. Here I was asked if I would like to be registered as a friend of two of the members; the one who founded the â€œcdfreaks communityâ€ and the one who invited me. I wrote a little hello post and then logged out. To be honest I was a little confused. I had expected far more members (5) and I didnâ€™t really know what I was doing there.
Well, all that was about a week ago. Today I decided to give it a try again. Orkut have 28 main groups, which all has a lot of sub-communities. I decided to start in the music community, which contains 3237 sub-communities. The first thing that makes me wonder, is the very few members each community have? Seems a little boring with only one or two members! Suddenly I realise that all off the communities Iâ€™m browsing has just been founded this very day. The communities have not placed in alphabetic order, but have been placed by the day they were founded. No wonder there is so few members. Just to try it out, I joined the coldplay community (294 members). After that, the coldplay community appear in the part of the user interface called: â€œmy communitiesâ€. That way I donâ€™t have to browse, the next time Iâ€™ll go there. All of a sudden I understand the potential of this place. I can meet friends that share my interests. I can make business connections. I can make my own community. I canâ€¦you name it. A lot of these communities will die out, if they are not maintained, but some of them will grow strong and live on. I have only been browsing the place for about an hour, and I have a lot to learn about this place, but it sure looks interesting.
About Orkut (Taken from the orkut site)
Orkut is an online community website designed for friends. The main goal of our service is to make your social life, and that of your friends, more active and stimulating. orkut's social network can help you both maintain existing relationships and establish new ones by reaching out to people you've never met before. Who you interact with is entirely up to you. Before getting to know an orkut member, you can even see how they're connecting to you through the friends network.
orkut makes it easy to find people who share your hobbies and interests, look for romantic connections or establish new business contacts. You can also create and join a wide variety of online communities to discuss current events, reconnect with old college buddies or even exchange cookies recipes.
To join orkut, simply click on the link in the email you received and follow the instructions for creating a user name and password. If orkut doesn't sound like it's for you, feel free to delete your invitation. If you change your mind in the future, don't worry! We'll still be here.
If you haven't yet received an invitation to join, please be patient. We'd love to immediately include everyone who wants to participate; however, we're also trying to ensure that orkut remains a close-knit community. Over the next few weeks, hopefully, the network will grow to a point where everyone who wants to join has the opportunity to do so.
It is our mission to help you create a closer, more intimate network of friends. We hope to put you on the path to social bliss soon.