by Yolandi Janse van Rensburg on 07/12/09 at 7:30 am
Google’s Okurt online community works like Facebook to make your social life more active and keep in touch with friends and family. It’s also designed to reach out to people you’ve never met before and build new relationships. Similar to Facebook, you can upload photos, send messages and create groups.
Google has recently redesigned their social network and added some extra features. The new version of Orkut, known as Novo Orkut is now available via invitation and is based on Google Web Toolkit. Orkut’s latest features include managing friends and communities from your homepage and accepting or rejecting community membership request from your Homepage. Users can also take RSS Feeds from your friends.
I recently registered to Orkut to see how it works and what it’s all about. My first impression was that Orkut is a mixture between Facebook and LinkedIn. On Orkut you can see how many times your profile has been view – just like LinkedIn. You can edit your profile by adding information on your personal page and your professional page. On Facebook you can also add resume-like information such your qualifications and who you’re currently working for.
In India Orkut is more popular than Facebook but in North America it’s the opposite. The thing is, they are really similar. Some prefer Facebook but for the purpose of this post it doesn’t really matter what you prefer – they are too similar and using Orkut for business would work out to be the same as using Facebook. For me it’s a case of which one your network uses – that should be the one you go with.
Yolandi Janse van Rensburg writes about social media, marketing, life and, of course, cars. We say “of course” because Yolandi is nuts about anything on 4 wheels and runs Autofemme, a blog about cars. Our Ideate sub-editor is also the Heavy Chef girl at World Wide Creative. You can follow her on Twitter @Yolandi_JvR View more articles by Yolandi Janse van Rensburg.