Saturday, July 17, 2004

Brazilians Taking Over Orkut

If you have an Orkut account and still bother to read community messages you've probably noticed that there are quite a few messages written in Portuguese. If you've bothered to look at the profiles of the people sending the messages you would've seen that all their friends are Brazilian also. Orkut, Google's social networking system, is now over 40% Brazilian compared to being 20% American. Iran is in third with 5%. Now I've never taken any of these messages too seriously, but this has bothered some members.

I don't see why people are so mad since Orkut hasn't made many improvements since its launch. Few seem to pay much attention to in anymore except the Brazilians and Iranians. Rebecca Blood does offer some tips on how Orkut could be "saved", but it's not going anywhere currently and has lost much of its flare to those who joined it early.

I predict that people from other countries who have just discovered the service will continue to dominate it until it finally gets out of beta and becomes more useful.