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Orkut Obit

2006-07-27 12:57:01.196929+00 by meuon 5 comments

Dan mentioned it, others did and it seemed pretty interesting. So I signed up for an Orkut account (social networking). It was pretty kewl, I even created a few communities there: Caving, Contra Dancing.. seeded/lead some discussions.. tried to make it work.

Recently I've been getting lots of '..has added a note to your scrapbook' and '...has added you to his friends list'

So I login, and delete the incredible amount of dreck on my account, as well as the some in forums I have admin privs for... Mostly spanish porn spammers from what I see. In Contra Dancers, the last relevent post was 6/2004 in Caving 10/2004. Chattanooga, 8/2005... Burning Man, 8/2005

Maybe because it still gives errors like:

Bad, bad server. No donut for you.
Unfortunately, the orkut.com server has acted out in an unexpected way. Hopefully, it will return to its helpful self if you try again in a few minutes.

It's likely that the server will behave this way on occasion during the coming months. We apologize for the inconvenience and for our server's lack of consideration for others.

I hereby declare Orkut DEAD. fdisk that puppy and recycle that hardware.

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#Comment Re: made: 2006-07-27 13:11:08.115802+00 by: Nancy

I signed up for Orkut at your request, more than two years ago. It was fun to check out the other communities, but the only emails I ever got were creepy ones from guys around Atlanta who came from India. Delete delete delete. I trashed my account long ago. Myspace is the 'in' community now, like it or not.

#Comment Re: made: 2006-07-27 13:14:07.468055+00 by: Nancy

...and I thought you were killing mimosas this morning? bwwaaahhhaaahhaa I am spying on you via your Flutterby time stamp --


your evil wife, who just could not resist

#Comment Re: made: 2006-07-27 13:29:52.180392+00 by: meuon

Evil? Laughing.. Bad in all those good ways, maybe..

#Comment Re: made: 2006-07-27 14:26:19.584489+00 by: Dan Lyke


Yeah, in the Flutterby version 4 software you'll be able to post-date stuff, and have groups of people who can read an entry (and probably who are also excluded from reading an entry...).

I think Orkut shot themselves in the foot when they started clamping down on the fictional characters because they didn't have a good "common interest" facility. By mandating that people use it in a specific way rather than offering up a technology and seeing how people used it, they lost the competitive advantage to those who were willing to see their tools used in ways that the creators didn't envision.

#Comment Re: made: 2006-07-27 14:39:06.153583+00 by: Diane Reese

I only ever get "wrote on your wall"/"befriended you" notices now from guys in India who want to ask me about skinnydipping, seemingly incredulous that I'd "tried it". Orkut is mostly useless now; I couldn't even remember my password the last time I tried to login. I agree: stick a fork in it.

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