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Orkutten !

Posted by lapstre on March 15, 2006

Hello there,
Its been a long long week and its time for another one of my crapy articles to come and bug u by…

I was wondering about what to bug u by this week and have been putting off writin a blog post, but then i have come to a point in life where life is as boring as it can get. Same old boring routinues are driving me crazy. The projects end dates are just around the corner and i have finally started an attempt at making the deadlines. Reminding myself of my commitment to bug you. I connected to my blog host to start writing a post, thinking that the sight of my blog host’s text editor would bring all the inspiration needed to start and finish a new blog post in marathon time. There are actually a lotta thoughts going through my head right now, most of which you wouldn’t understand unless u we’re the person i am… Neways i connected to my blog host to get a server under maintenence message. I was left cursing(Oh why me? I just shifted blogs, Can’t bear another shift). Dunt know if its just a routinue maintenece downtime or if their server’s gone bonkers. well they added the support for new stuff like html editing in the side bars and small widgets and all that stuff, maybe the load was too much. But they still didnt add support for java, nor have they added more formatting features but then for now, i will be happy with this.

Speaking of server overloads and server crashes, the first thing that comes into my mind is the ever frustrating orkut’s “No donut for you” message. Though the mesage was put in some light humor by Orkut Büyükkökten the Man behind Orkut, It is definitely amongst the most annoying messages in the history of the internet (Oh yes! It’s more annoying than annoying can get, Regular orkutters know of the pain, Others u are just darn lucky!). Anyways i was wondering why the orkut servers are so darn slow, And keep up throwing pitiable excuses when orkut is a part of one of the biggest companies on the net (In case you dint know Orkut is now formally a part of google), The reason i found out to be, was the large scale flooding wars and scrapbook wars amongst the people on orkut. Also orkut has been the center of controversy in recent days bcos of the large number of hate groups on the communities. The no of hate groups and the frequent exchanges between each of these communities is a definite cause for concern. I’d noticed atleast 6 to 8 hate groups against India and i went thro some, only to saddenned by the amount of hate people have for each other…

Don’t be discouraged by what i’ve just said, After all people will be people and people will have likes and dislikes. Its as natural as the every other part of human nature. I dont personally understand hate though, though i’ve come to understand dislikes i’ve never been able to comprehend how someone can hate another (Dislike?Hate? whats the difference? you may ask, but when u think about it you realise theres a helluva difference). And so, let not all of this discourage you to join orkut, Because orkuts interface is sumthing more different than anything u might have seen(Atleast anything i have seen) I’ve used Hi5 for more than 1 and a half year and yahoos 360 for more than 6 moths but it was of no use, we were better off communicating via email, Though i did make some new friends, no denying that. But orkut is a whole new experience u just gotta try it to know it.

Also on orkut are the orkut Media sections, The Gallery section in the Media is real cool and you get to check out some brilliant photographs by various people from various walks of life, Most of them are amateur photographers who submitted their photo collections to orkut. Ah and i almost forgot the innumerous communities and the celebrities on orkut. The communities are a happening place where you can meet people with similar interests and discuss things. Communities range from ones abuot programming to ones about day dreaming. As for celebrities, there are many. I can vouch for the google employees on orkut, they’re all originals, believe it or not! Sergey brin and Larry page have a personal orkut profile. Their authenticity is vouched for by the Medals before their names. As for other celebrities on orkut, they might just be the actual ones, but you never know, it might just be another crazy fan! I searched orkut for some popular celebrities and came across multiple results. There we’re atleast 47 Bill Gates on last count, 40 Neo Andersons, 21 Keanu Reeves(quick stats: one keanu reeves had 1084 fans),21 mel gibsons, 169 Maddonas and 1 LApstrE(Must do sumthin abt the last figure)…

Hey why am i telling u all this? (I’ve just gone plain crazy thats all) You probably already are on orkut! What you aren’t on it yet? What the heck are you doing not on the most happening place on earth???

PS: (I forgot to add something)

I actually found most of this info wanting to write an article on Orkuts money making strategy… But the strategy finally i figured there was none. As of now it is a not for profit project created by orkuts employee Orkut Büyükkökten. He’d earlier worked on similar projects for Stanford of which he was also a student of… (Sigh!)

There are many theories doing the rounds on the web about Orkuts money making strategy, The most popular one being that it is a part of a strategy to link actual people and communities to target better ads at people. Sort of a data mine for targetted advertising. If you think about that angle it makes lotta sense and it could be a really huge gold mine, But then deep down i am of the opinion orkut was not about making money, orkut was just a dream of an ordianry man (Ordinary??? You cant call a google employee ordinary!) who just wanted to make a better platform for his friends to get together and have fun…

Check out orkut Orkut Büyükkökten’s personal webpage at http://www.stanford.edu/~orkut/

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19 Responses to “Orkutten !”

  1. krishna said

    Hmmm.. its sad to see hate communities at a place like orkut but i jus love this one http://www.orkut.com/community.aspx?cmm=6866433 😀

  2. Srikanth said

    Good one on orkut.. but ppl deserve no donuts for the kinda vetti job they are doing there.. God wants them to do something productive.. btw 47 Bill Gates on last count, 40 Neo Andersons,and 1 LApstrE(Must do sumthin abt the last figure)…Guess.. some or d other day there will b another lapstre…

  3. lapstre said

    @ Krishna
    Hmm! Abt this particular community, I dunno wot to say…
    Maybe Vishwanathan is right in some aspects, Maybe he aint, Maybe we’ll feel the same way he does when we grow old, Maybe the brain degenerates at Old age, Maybe ours aint fully developed to understand the magnitude of the problem yet, Maybe this, Maybe that…

    Having a Community called Vishwanathan sucks is not gonna prove nething nor is it gonna help! Maybe we just oughta meet him and talk…

    @Srikanth
    I’d forgotten to mention one crictical fact, Which your comment brings to my mind… Orkut aint got no strategy for making money (Atleast as of yet!). There are no google ads on the site, Nor is there any other kinda advertisemsent. And maintaining a server with more than a few million accounts doesnt come cheap. Moreover think about the work they got on their hands already, That must cost lotta money (in terms of man hours) future upgrades, And lotta stuff…

    U cant say they’re doing a vetti job, They’re Doing one helluva job!!!

  4. Rekha said

    Hi…
    The note u added on “ads”… its super tech idea.. Actually one of my friends explained wat the theory was behind that idea.. after hearing him out i think its a dream.. thats soon going to come true.. BTW nice tot to write about orkut’s “no donut”.. and a super kewl idea of publisizing on orkut !! 😀
    Keep going..

  5. lapstre said

    @ Rekha

    Oops! I Messed the PS also…
    I got the whole idea wrong on paper…
    Read the article (The PS) now for the correct version!

  6. Rahul said

    hi,

    Good post on Orkut, the most happening thing in the world now.

    Yea we have this server prob in Orkut “No donut for you.”. This may be bcos this is not totally funded project by Google. If u think Orkut is brilliant think again Google is even more brilliant. Google has this policy, all its employees should work for its project only for 4 days a week and remaining one day they can work on their own project. This Orkut is one of them. It is Orkut Buyukkokten’s own project which he did while working for Google. But Google smartly has all the rights for it. So as this is becoming a hit they may take over it and allocate more servers, promote etc.

    Stay Colorful

  7. lapstre said

    @ Rahul

    The problem on orkut is mainly due to the excessive load due to the flooding and scrapping wars. I Don’t think it makes sense for Google to keep adding servers just to handle the excessive load due to these scrap wars. But then they do have an obligation as quality providers of service to add servers to provide server performance…

    And no denying Goolge’s brilliance either…
    That’s one of the reasons i’d used this particular phrase in one of my previous posts “definitely more sought after than Microsoft” when referring to Google as a company…

    Think our best bet at Google would be the Code jam Contest!

    All the Best!

  8. Prospero

    Desperate diseases must have desperate remedies…

  9. Midnight Indian said

    er..
    1 question..
    y does medal appear in front of sum profiles?

  10. LApstrE said

    Original Google employees have this Medal…

    I’m just guessing, but i first noticed the medals on google employee profiles…

    It might be that the ones with medals are some of the oldest orkut members…

    Well, Don’t take my word for it, I’m no Orkut Spokesperson…

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