On lighter note, Facebook vs Orkut

Posted on July 6, 2007. Filed under: facebook, Orkut, social networking |

This is one thing which is on my mind for past few weeks. I recently covered Orkut and Facebook and also compared them on the lighter notes. I recently covered few changes done in Orkut. But none the less, I am doing it once again. This time my source of information is Google Trends. It is really quite interesting. Though it is not something which we didn’t expected, but yes it is interesting enough to be here.
First of all, a note on Google trends
They should make those charts more sharable. I have to follow print screen method which is really cumbersome, and if you know any refined and a free of cost method then feel free to tell me in comments.
Coming back on the topic…
Before any thing else, I would once again make clear that why this topic interest me so much. Orkut is highly popular and have the same cult like following which Facebook enjoys in US varsities. And after the recent news gain by facebook makes it an interesting competitor to orkut. Otherwise I dont have any kind of stake in any company…
Lets first look the trends for the search and news items which are the overall criteria of the Google trends, blue one is for Facebook and red one is for Orkut.
This one is for 2007, and will bring more focuses results for this year.
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Recently after F8 there is a sudden rise in the news references which Facebook got. Since this is not up to date trend, so we can not tell that what effect F8 caused to the graph . One thing which people can say that Orkut being an old network wont be the hot enough to discuss, and thus this graph does not make any sense. My answer to them is, when you are in social web space and you are not being talked about then there is something wrong, by wrong I meant that you are not innovating enough, and if you are not innovating then you are giving other networks a chance to gain more people. They might not take away your existing members but yes they may reduce the future numbers.
This point is much more solidified by the upper graph. People are not searching about Orkut. Why this must be saddening to Orkut, (beyond ego surfing for Mr. Orkut)? One word answer, NEW USERS. Old users are not going to search much for the network on which they are, but the users which are new will be inquisitive enough to search about the new network. One more probable reason for the searches can be, hacks for the network, but here again since Orkuts api is not open, then umber of mods and hacks are not there in market.
US was never a forte for Orkut. But US certainly have maximum internet users, so a trend analysis of US region makes sense.

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Here…aha it was obvious…as previously mentioned…
US cetizens are neither interested nor using writing about it. This analysis as like previous is from history…so we can not tell about the latest hype effect, but I dont think that will be any way in favour of Orkut.

Now comes the other one…which is just the way round…and this time its all Orkut. Orkut in India, is making news and is being used. Though news are not for good reasons, but as it is said that any publicity is good publicity, so it is true for Orkut. In India Orkut is all up, and Facebook fares much poorer than Orkut in US.

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People are not at all searching about Facebook, which may be taken as that it is not creating enough buzz. And buzz is all that matter , when it comes to such kind of products.

Below are the international top 10 ratings with Facebook and Orkut as reference respectively.

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This is really interensting Facebook is attracting more buzz in Canada than in US…Oh this one is surprising…
Now lets see the Orkut international card, BRAZIL…BRAZIL…yup thats the topper…

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One can not tell very much from these trends for the simple reason that they are not up to date. But this certainly can be extrapolated, to get the latest figures. One more thing, Google trends need to improve themselves or else they should buy some other service doing trends, becasue presently they are nothing but healthy Buzz index, which can be used to tell how much buzz one is creating. But none the less it provides some pieces of useful information. And for conclusion…Mr. Orkut…I have only one suggestion for you…think out of the box and innovate.

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Orkut blog is up.

Posted on July 6, 2007. Filed under: Orkut, social networking |

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketI think its blogging time for Google. Orkut is up with its very own blog. Because the services which didn’t had blog till now are now up with their own blogs. Latest in this series is Orkut. Orkut is the only successful social network under the umbrella of google. There was once the latest news thing in the header of Orkut, and which was never updated and had news dating back to 2005 which was hilarious.

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This new strategy of having more and more interaction points might just prove fruitful for orkut, the other interaction vents included a Google group, and a help center. Even Orkut feels that it is late to come up with blog now, but that said they also feel it is better late than never.
To mention one more thing, as it is with every other Google blog, it does not have a comments section, so you can not interact, butthere is a link else where which is aksing you to write down what you expect from the blog. I think that latest Facebook lava has touched them in some good way, (hope s0).
I was having problems to update my photo in the new orkut format which was recently changed. It has turned up more advanced, and web2istic. It was solved only the last night. Here is an example of the change made in orkut.
Quite azaxified….
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Recently Blogger is also giving me troubles with adding photo, and is quite bugging.

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More Google integration in Orkut.

Posted on May 31, 2007. Filed under: Orkut, social networking |

This is a post after eons, I was busy with examination, and few other blogs. The blog I am Talkin about is the one for my college club, Friday Colours. It is taking lot of my blogging time, and rest of my time is being taken by my studies. It some time become really hard to manage virtual life and the real life.
But then there are some things which excite you enough to break away from crunch schedule and write a blog post, and this surely is one of them. And once again this is related to orkut. The social network which is biggest in India and Brazil, and having a cult following in India. They have added and changed few things.
One of the minor change is that they have shifted few things from one place to another, this include the scraps and cool etc information which were previous present at right corner and are now present on left.
The other welcome change is the navigation capability in the album space of orkut. They did it once and then removed it, and now they have done it again, lets hope this time it remains as a permanent addition.
But besides all thes minor addition there is one welcome addition and one very brilliant is the capability to add RSS feeds to one profile and this one is really brilliant. They have now integrated Blogger and their Picasweb services very nicely and in very sublime manner to orkut. I always wanted to have both these facilities included in Orkut, this makes it more dynamic, and you can show off more things, and this to without adding much pressure on Orkut platform. Now I think they should make the orkut API open or some part of it, much in the way Twitter have done. And yes I still want multiple scrap posting in Orkut.
One of the other interesting service which I would love to have from Google stable is Calendar functioning in Orkut which would provide event handling capacity to orkut, much in the way like Evite or Renkoo. A mobile version of Orkut will also do great wonder. Having more control in terms of personal profile design will also be great, and make Orkut a better social network.
To sum it all, if Google is taking social network space seriously then they should work on orkut more than what they are currently doing.

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Orkut adds one more feature.

Posted on March 30, 2007. Filed under: google, Orkut |

I really love when Orkut adds some features, because I reside in it. It is not the best social network when it comes to express your feeling to whole world but it is a great way to communicate withing your known group. And more importantly I have nearly all my friends on it.
Coming on the new feature…
Image is self explanatory, but to mention it is only in communities, and not on your profiles. So this raises a question, why didn’t they made it universal? Though the logic is simple but still it could have been placed in profiles also.
Now coming on interface…
Its is very simple and all on same blue background. You can place unlimited options, go for multiple checks, get instant results(in green bars…different from all blue), You get it on the main page of your community. As such there is nothing bad in interface, and is a good addition all in all.
So now on enjoy polling on Orkut.

I discovered yet another feature on Orkut, its kind of a mix feature using Google Toolbar. You get a search icon for your google toolbar to search your friends and communities in Orkut. I dont know whether this is a firefox only option or is also for Google toolbar in Internet Explorer. But once again Google is doing which I will call as consolidation of services and bridging them together.
Do you have any prediction for any new bridge.

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