Recently, I came across an interview of Orkut Buyukkokten, which rekindled some very fond memories. I was introduced to Orkut in 2005. This was the time when social media was very new in India. There was no constant news feed. Things were open and you could connect with people out of your social circle. I will always be thankful to Orkut for that. It became widely popular in India and Brazil but was finally shut down in 2014. Today’s needull is my gratitude for Orkut.

“On Orkut.com we expressed ourselves without judgement, felt joy from creating new friendships, and in some instances, we found love and companionship,” he adds. “It was an incredible experience to be a part of the journey with everyone. We created a community of over 300 million.” The reach of Orkut was unexpected at the time, before social media dominated the Internet landscape.

“One of my friends who lives in New York met his girlfriend on Orkut.com who [the girlfriend] lived in Estonia at the time,” Buyukkokten writes. “Now they are married and have a 10 year old boy. We built so many bridges and touched so many lives over the years.”

Orkut’s interview

Orkut.com webpage (parting letter)

Hello.com — the new social media app by Orkut Buyukkokten

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