Google tip-toed into the hot market of online social networks with the quiet launch of Orkut.com on Thursday, CNET News.com has learned.
The search company, which is expected to go public this year, is flexing its power with its Internet fans by constantly offering new services, including comparison shopping and news search. Orkut could be the clearest signal that Google's aspirations don't end with search.
"Orkut is an online trusted community Web site designed for friends. The main goal of our service is to make the social life of yourself and your friends more active and stimulating," according to the Web site, which states that the service is "in affiliation with Google."
It's getting warm in this space, isn't it?
Anyone have an Orkut invite you can send my way? :-)
Update: Wow. Suddenly I have a lot of friends. Heh.
Posted by jzawodn at January 22, 2004 06:37 PM