Google tip-toed into the hot market of online social networks with the quiet launch of on Thursday, CNET 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

Reader Comments
# Adam Lasnik said:

Would I be a jerk if I posted a "Me too, please" in pursuit of an orkut invite?

Hey, it's all in the name of science, though. Really! I'm contemplating starting up a site that covers the social networking space (though I suppose THAT is 'getting warm' too ;), and since I've already tried Friendster, Ryze, LinkedIn, Spoke, Tribe and others, I might as well give Orkut a whirl ;)

on January 22, 2004 07:22 PM
# B said:

Hey, Jer, I'm feeling a little left out; how 'bout throwing a little Orkut love my way? ;-)

on January 23, 2004 06:15 AM
# Doug said:

I also would like some orkut love, just to see what it is like. "Invitation Only" stuff is so mysterious. I just have to get in!

on January 23, 2004 09:17 AM
# JD said:

It's human to run after something which we can't get easily!

Btw, does Orkut has anything to do with this guy??

I am inclined to think so as he is from Stanford.


on January 23, 2004 10:35 AM
# Justin said:

Hey - i like the idea. Smart move - in an era of RSS , blogging and transparent XML data exchange, the idea of an "exclusive invite only" website goes against the grain. I mean , you don't even get a chance to register - you have to be "invited".

The guy who created might be trying to create an online aura similar to the real-life aura of high-fashion, exclusive "brand" names.

Let's see how this plays out - but it's a clever idea , that panders to a gut human instinct. That of exclusivity that the likes of Armani , Gucci and others succesfully exploit.

Who knows - next summer, the "Orkut" credit card might be THE numero uno statement of your stratosphearic street cred.

on January 23, 2004 01:22 PM
# paolo said:

You've got another new friend ... waiting for his due orkut invitation. ;-)

on January 23, 2004 02:21 PM
# Me Five said:

Hey, can I be let in? :)

I'll bet the invitations were given to only about three people originally... now it's extended to the upper Blogosphere already... soon enough, people on the lower message boards will have accounts, too.

on January 24, 2004 08:02 PM
# Philip Wasylow said:

Invite? Yes, I would like one...

on January 25, 2004 07:01 AM
# Mike said:

I'm an artist in NYC who found Frienster to be sort of silly since nobody wrote anything about themselves or about their friends except witty soundbites. is much better since it even includes a blog like journal entry system. gave up it's invite system since two thousand people started a community there to trade invite codes! Anyway, anybody already on Orkut, please invite me!

on January 25, 2004 10:34 AM
# Hero said:

what does ORKUT stand for ?

how to know who the members are ?

on January 25, 2004 12:14 PM
# Dirk Lemke said:

Removing the empty spaces and the PLEASE REMOVE from my eMail-Address, you could have orkut reach across the Atlantic by me joining it :-) - Ever thought about it...?

Thanks anyway!

Do they already sell orkut memberships at ebay??

on January 25, 2004 12:46 PM
# Scott Johnson said:

Who wouldn't like an invite at this point. The mere fact that it's invite only increases the buzz. Everybody wants in, myself included. But, alas, no invites yet.

on January 25, 2004 04:50 PM
# Scott Johnson said:

Looks like I accidently went a bit overboard with the bolding in that previous post. Sorry. :-)

on January 25, 2004 04:52 PM
# Thompson Hayner said:

Anyone care to throw an orkut invitation my way?

on January 25, 2004 05:45 PM
# Adam Jacob Muller said:

hey, just trying to get in on the action... anyone wanna invite a poor lonely soul to orkut?

on January 25, 2004 09:48 PM
# Dave Andersen said:

It's called Orkut because its founder is named Orkut. The person who posted the link to Orkut's homepage:

was correct.

on January 26, 2004 03:00 PM
# J-O said:

Is it possible for a norwegian to be invited to??

on January 28, 2004 02:11 AM
# Adam said:

yea... just another guy looking for an invite.

on January 28, 2004 01:42 PM
# Awin said:

Add me too!! and add me to your ym list:

on May 9, 2005 01:23 AM
# Kwaj said:

Would love an invite brother. Not sure anyone I know has even heard of this

on June 21, 2005 11:54 PM
# Alexandre said:

please one orkut invite


on June 29, 2005 07:04 PM
# Brian Glasscock said:

hey, i would love if i could get an orkut invite

on October 2, 2005 04:47 PM
# Ronny Kerr said:

Hey jer, i love your blog. I was wondering if you were still giving out orkut invites... months later? :)

on February 7, 2006 09:46 PM
# Ricardo Mourinho said:

Any chance of getting an orkut invitation?
Many thanks,

on February 19, 2006 01:29 PM
# Cicci said:

I have Orkut invites. If u need, email me

on October 11, 2006 09:20 PM
# Jenna Dalgety said:

I know this is an old thread, but I was wondering if it would be possible to get an orkut invite...
Thanks for the consideration!

on May 26, 2007 08:39 PM
# bingo_from_rapiddigger said:

I'll also need some guidelines

on February 27, 2010 11:55 PM
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