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Monday, March 1st, 2004 · 1 Comment

orkut.gif orkut is like Friendster, only faster, cleaner, and without the advertising clutter. It was developed as a side project by a Google engineer. Ben invited me to join yesterday, so I did, and so far, so good.

I don’t really use Friendster primarily because it’s so damn slow and unreliable. But orkut seems much better, which makes sense because it’s promoted “in affiliation with Google.” So I would hope it would be fast.

There are communities/affiliations in orkut, such as colleges and cities. I’ve joined the Vassar and San Francisco communities, and just created one for Saratoga Springs.

Even if the above community links won’t work for you, which they won’t unless you’re a member and logged in, what’s interesting to note is the relative community ID of each of these groups — VC is 3193, SF is 11, and SS is 23260. Translation for non-techie folks: The ID is a unique database identifier associated with any given record, so it looks like SF was one of the first communities created and upwards of 20,000 more have been created since then. In other words, this thing is growing fast.

I won’t send out invites to everyone I know, but let me know if you’d like one.

Tags: technology

1 response so far ↓

  • 1 Silus Grok // Mar 1, 2004 at 5:21 pm

    Orkut has been much maligned recently regarding its policy of non-privacy.

    I think I’ll stick to TRIBE (

    ; )