Start saying your farewells to Orkut — if you’ve ever even heard of it, that is.
Google is shutting down Orkut, the outdated social network the company launched 10 years ago. Starting today, the site will no longer accept new accounts. Current Orkut users (we hear they’re out there somewhere) will have until Sept. 30 — the site’s official closing date — to export all their precious photos and posts.
As Google wrote in a post on Orkut’s blog:
“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.”
Though everyone’s Orkut accounts will be gone, Google will be preserving at least one element of the rudimentary social network. Following the Sept. 30 closing date, public Orkut communities will be saved in some kind of archive, so that “anyone on the web will be able to view old discussions,” they say. That means you can review fascinating conversations about hot 2004 topics like Survivor: Vanuatu and Britney Spears’s 55-hour marriage for the rest of eternity.
If you’re actually freaking out right now because you totally love Orkut and you don’t know what you’ll do without it and you don’t understand what’s happening right now, Google has provided a series of helpful FAQ available here.