Orkut, Google’s first attempt at a social network, is closing in a few months. In an email sent out last night, Google warned Orkut’s users that their accounts would close on September 30th, though their data would be retrievable by Google Takeout through 2016.
The move by Google shouldn’t surprise anyone: Orkut was hardly a success and with the introduction of Google+, it was destined to be forever be a second-class social network in the eyes of its parent company. Google cites the growth and success of YouTube, Blogger, and Google+ as reason enough to “focus [their] energy and resources on making these other social platforms as amazing as possible for everyone who uses them.” If that isn’t you, Orkut users, oh well. You’ve been given your 10 weeks notice.
A screenshot of the email sent out to Orkut users is below.