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Orkut
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URL https://orkut.google.com/en.html
Project status Closing
Archiving status In progress...
Project source orkut-grab
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IRC channel #throatkut

Orkut was a social networking website owned and operated by Google.

Status

Since Google started to push Google+ to users, and Facebook became popular, its usage was decreasing.

Shutdown

Tchau Orkut

Monday, June 30, 2014 | 10:23 AM

Ten years ago, Orkut was Google’s first foray into social networking. Built as a “20 percent” project, Orkut communities started conversations, and forged connections, that had never existed before. Orkut helped shape life online before people really knew what “social networking” was.

Over the past decade, YouTube, Blogger and Google+ have taken off, with communities springing up in every corner of the world. Because the growth of these communities has outpaced Orkut's growth, we've decided to bid Orkut farewell (or, tchau). We'll be focusing our energy and resources on making these other social platforms as amazing as possible for everyone who uses them.

We will shut down Orkut on September 30, 2014. Until then, there will be no impact on current Orkut users, to give the community time to manage the transition. People can export their profile data, community posts and photos using Google Takeout (available until September 2016). Starting today, it will not be possible to create a new Orkut account.

Orkut, the service, may be going away, but all of those incredible communities Orkut users have created will live on. We are preserving an archive of all public communities, which will be available online starting September 30, 2014. If you don't want your posts or name to be included in the community archive, you can remove Orkut permanently from your Google account. Please visit our Help Center for further details.

It's been a great 10 years, and we apologize to those still actively using the service. We hope people will find other online communities to spark more conversations and build even more connections for the next decade and beyond.

Posted by Paulo Golgher, Engineering Director[1]

Site structure

Public

  • Some communities are public, and can be viewed without logging in using Googlebot as user-agent.

Community main page: http://www.orkut.com.br/Community?cmm={cmmid}

Community forum topics: http://www.orkut.com.br/CommTopics?cmm={cmmid}

Community topic posts: http://www.orkut.com.br/CommMsgs?cmm={cmmid}&tid={topicid}

Logged-in only

  • You can view the other pages only when logged in.

User profile: http://www.orkut.com.br/Main#Profile?uid={userid}

User full profile: http://www.orkut.com.br/Main#FullProfile?uid={usrid}

How can I help?

Running a Warrior

You can start up a Warrior and there select Orkut. (If you don't really care what you are archiving, select ArchiveTeam's Choice instead, as at some points ArchiveTeam may prioritize another project.)

Running the script manually

If you use Linux and you're a bit familiar with it, you can try running the script directly.

The instructions can be found at github.com/ArchiveTeam/orkut-grab.

Some additional information
Don't forget to replace YOURNICKHERE with your nickname.

The number after --concurrent determines how many threads run at the same time. You can increase this number if your resources (RAM, CPU, bandwidth) are sufficient. However, if you constantly see messages about rate limiting, there is no need to increase the concurrency.

If you want to stop the script, please do it gracefully if possible. To do so, create an empty file named STOP in the folder of the script (terminal command: touch STOP). The script finishes the current item(s) and stops only after that. (If you kill the script immediately, the items get broken, and they will need to be reassigned to another user.) – Before starting the script again, don't forget to remove the STOP file.

If you see "Project code is out of date", kill the script, go to its folder (cd orkut-grab) and issue git pull https://github.com/ArchiveTeam/orkut-grab. After the updating has finished, re-launch the script.

Donating to the Internet Archive

Content downloaded by the ArchiveTeam will be uploaded to the Internet Archive, where it will be stored and be available – hopefully – forever. However, storing it costs thousands of dollars in the long run. So, if you can afford, please consider donating to the Internet Archive, so that this piece of history can be kept for us all. http://archive.org/donate

Do you like our cause?

If you want to help in other projects, want to learn more about ArchiveTeam, or even help in development in general, navigate to the Main Page of this wiki, from there you can reach a lot of information. The Team consists of volunteers working on the projects in their free time, so helping hands (and resources) are always welcome.

External Links

References

  1. http://en.blog.orkut.com/2014/06/tchau-orkut.html

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