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Thursday, June 30, 2011

R.I.P ORKUT :( THE END OF AN ERA - YOU WILL BE MISSED :(

A LONG, TEARFUL TRIBUTE TO THE PLACE ONCE HAPPIEST.....BUT NOW, ALL THAT IS LEFT OF IT ...IS A TIME MACHINE...WHICH TRANSPORTS US TO THE PAST...:) :)....& TAKES US THROUGH MEMORIES :) :)...

Okay ...with the launch of "Google Plus"...I guess Google has officially decided that imitating Facebook & Twitter is the way to go....and this more obviously than not, implies that it is THE END OF ORKUT...:(

Well...a lot of you may say that Orkut died long ago...Facebook murdered it ....People have deleted their accounts or those who still have them have probably forgotten their passwords :P...

I too, migrated to FB ...& used Orkut just to broadcast my songs, blog posts & other things...APART from being active on the Harris Jayaraj & Yuvan Shankar Raja communities...Of course, once in a while, it is good timepass stalking people's past :P :P...by going through their scrapbooks :P...and of course, the rare occasional scraps to Abhi & Pavi who're still staunch Orkut regulars...That's about all I used to do on Orkut, while being busy tweeting, commenting on & liking some posts & comments & photos..Yes, FB changed it all !! BUT YET, with Google, having given birth to THE FIRST MAJOR SOCIAL NETWORK, Orkut...deep down, I WAS STILL HOPEFUL THAT THEY WOULD SO SOMETHING MAGICAL & REVIVE THE MAGIC...But sadly, it wasn't meant to be :( ...Google has now gone the Twitter+FB way, with Google Buzz & Google+

Anyway, I am SURE that Orkut meant A LOT to every student who studied between 2003 to 2009...:)...It was one of the 5 things they couldn't live without :).....& for many, Orkut would've UNDOUBTEDLY been the place where they would've first started interacting with their wives/girlfriends/ex-girlfriends/FIRST girlfriends/FIRST crushes...etc :) ...

It is for reasons like these that Orkut has a SENTIMENT attached to it :) ...which FB or Twitter do not :P......Orkut will MOST LIKELY be the FIRST place...where you interacted with most of your BESTEST friends...:) :)...

IN SHORT, FOR MANY, THE "ORKUT AGE" WOULD BE SYNONYMOUS TO "COLLEGE LIFE" :) :)...& Orkut is one of the SURE-SHOT inscriptions of college life memories :) :)

I will highlight some things which I LOVED THE MOST during the Orkut age...& those are the things I will ALWAYS miss :) ...

1. The days when Orkut had a limit of 12 photos & they were all public :) ...those were also the days where scrapbooks were public :P...It was a PERFECT scenario for stalking :P ..

2. Fans + Cool/Sexy/Trusty ratings:
Every new fan on the list used to make me smile....10 teeth if it were a guy, 20 if it were a girl ;) :P...and if it were a crush of mine ...32 teeth WIDE open!! :D :D .....I would scrap every fan of mine - "Thanks for becoming my fan! :)"....Anyone with a 100% sexy rating would be on cloud 9 :D ...Guys were usually 90% trusty, 70% cool & 60% sexy...Girls were 60% trusty, 80% cool & 90-100% sexy :D

3. Milestone scraps:
Filling them on people's scrapbooks used to give SUCH BLISS :) ...and they would thank you in return :)...or return the favor...Some milestone scraps even warranted chocolates, treats etc...

4. Scrapping at the same time while chatting on gchat:
I used to do it just for fun :D ...especially jokes :)...I SO miss it :) ...

I'm sure this'll remind a LOT of people about their first crushes / first girlfriends...:)...I'm sure every other guy has had a major crush/girlfriend in his life ....to whom he would scrap unceasingly ..:P...& from whom he would receive LOTS of smiley-filled scraps :)

5. Communities:
I used to join communities of interest...and it used to be awesome fun interacting with like-minded people ...Here's where one used to make friends with random chicks too :P :P....

Communities, I STILL BELIEVE...IS THE STRONGEST FEATURE OF ORKUT ...Communities act as a GREAT PLACE FOR RESOURCE SHARING....Discussion threads for exchanging ideas, Polls ...etc...ARE STILL GREAT.....An amazing concept indeed......They are one of the main reasons I'm still on Orkut...:)

I still remember how INVALUABLE Orkut communities were ...at the time of writing GRE...joining Ohio State etc...really too good !! :) ...THANK GOD for them!! :) ...

Besides, I remember what a reputation Abhiram Natarajan made for himself by starting & owning the Classical Music Sharing & Tender Coconut Water communities :P...& I also know the random chicks who befriended him cos of those communities :D :P :P...

I also remember having fond memories with the "Super Friends","Super Shayan" & "Baby I love you", "The misadventures of Abhiram" communities created to screw the happiness of some dear friends :D :D...HEHE! :P ...Especially those movie threads on Super Friends..:P...

More memorable communities include "Captain - The Saviour of India", "Sam Anderson fans", "Vijaya T Rajendar fan club" ..."N K Srinath admirers"..."Naveen sir fans" etc :)...How can anyone forget the "RVCE ISE" community! :)...Also, some infamous comical posts in the "RVCE v/s PESIT" community shall always give us a hearty laugh! :P

6. Profile pictures:

I remember how everyone changed their profile pictures to the "Infinity" logo..during our fests :).....Orkut helped A LOT in creating a family-like bonding between myself & many of my seniors :) :)...

7. Testimonials:

This is THE UNIQUE, distinguishing feature of Orkut which no other social network has :) ...Testimonials were FUN...They were a way of expressing your affection for a person :) ...Sometimes, they were birthday gifts...sometimes, they would be written just like that...Sometimes, they would be written under compulsion :D...sometimes, on request ...:P...they would sometimes replace treats..:)...Sometimes, there would be MONSTER testimonials....:)...
& Sometimes, there would be deals...you write one for me, I'll write one for you...

Reading EVERY testimonial brings back nostalgia like NONE OTHER !! :) :)....Reading the testimonials you've got ...& the ones you've written for others...gives you a nostalgic smile like none other!! :) :)

Quite like scraps, testimonials, for most people, are, but, ALL THE MEMORIES they would now have, of their first crushes/girlfriends..:D....

8. The profile:

The profile tabs - social/professional & personal :) ...The unique & interesting columns...like humor (quick witted/goofy/slapstick etc)....fashion, smoking, drinking, pets, living...

The professional tab was hardly filled, as most of us were students then....

The personal tab would be THE MOST interesting one! :D :D ...ideal match, first thing you will notice about me, height, eye color, hair color, my first idea of a perfect date, looks (how many of us haven't put "mirror cracking material" !!) , best feature, turn ons (dancing, intelligence, public display of affection :D ?? ) ..turn offs (bad breath?? :P :P)....from my past relationships i learned...five things i can't live without (Almost all of us would've written 6 or 7 :P)....in my bedroom you will find...:D

SERIOUSLY....THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO DENYING THE FACT THAT....ORKUT PROFILES GIVE A MUCH MORE BROADER, CLEARER & WONDERFUL PERSPECTIVE OF THE PERSON THAT HE/SHE ACTUALLY IS ...as opposed to FB or Twitter...

Orkut profiles are, in some sense, COMPREHENSIVE in the information they provide :)...

9. Profile visitors:
If you're not a stalker yourself...it would've surely been great fun ...to know who has stalked u ;) :P...
But I was a stalker :P....so I couldn't enable profile visitors :P ...as I wanted to stalk others :D :P

10. Birthdays:
Well...nothing special...but this was one of the first social networks to have birthday reminders :) ..

11. Add to crush-list, add to hot-list, send teaser etc...

I didn't know how this worked...but I had heard that...if you add someone to your crush list...and the other person also adds you to theirs....both would be notified...WHAT A SUPER BRILLIANT IDEA TO FOSTER RELATIONSHIPS !! :) :) ...

12. Orkut apps: The most memorable ones for me are

a. Slapster & the like: It was awesome fun slapping people :D...throwing egg at them...throwing chocolate cake ...WONDERFUL ways to express friendship n affection :) :) ..

b. The free SMS apps: I still use them! :) :) ...so awesome!! They came in very handy during my years in the US...when I wanted to sms my India friends...:)

13. "I wanna do frandship with u" ...friend requests:

We sure do miss these hilarious fraandship requests, don't we? :)

14. THE MOST MEMORABLE ONE ...THE MOST TEAR-JERKING ONE....
"BAD, BAD SERVER. NO DONUT FOR YOU"...WE HATED IT WHEN IT USED TO SHOW UP ....BUT NOW, WE MISS IT, DON'T WE?! :)
That was THE SIGNATURE of Orkut...:)...
Need I say more! :) ..

Well...that's about it !!!!!

Recollecting fond memories of the Orkut age...has brought a smile on my face....& even tears of joy...BUT...they're now tears of sadness....because ...THE LAST NAIL IN THE COFFIN HAS BEEN HIT HARD....

Well, Orkut started dying & deteriorating ...because of Facebook ...Facebook is much more spicy & hot & in the moment...Twitter is real-time gossip.....BUT...NO OTHER SOCIAL NETWORK WILL HAVE THE SENTIMENTAL VALUE WHICH ORKUT ONCE HAD ...Orkut fostered friendship....FB & Twitter foster gossip!!!

Half of the coffin was already nailed ...when Google changed the look & feel of Orkut & gave it a completely new shape ...IT SUCKED BIG TIME....It was Google's last try to save Orkut ...But instead of saving it ...it brought it ALL THE MORE closer to death....

After everything, Orkut had become a place where one could freely store his deepest personal secrets...because ABSOLUTELY NO ONE WAS THERE...to come & see them!! :D ....DEEP DOWN, ME BEING ONE OF THE BIGGEST FANS OF THIS PIECE OF MASTERY & WIZARDRY ....I STILL HAD HOPE....THAT GOOGLE WOULD DO SOMETHING ....& COME UP WITH A MAGIC POTION ....WHICH WOULD MAKE EVERYONE CHUCK FB ....& COME BACK TO ORKUT......

But ALL MY HOPES WERE CRUSHED COMPLETELY TODAY....THE LAST NAIL IN THE COFFIN HAS BEEN HAMMERED HARD....WITH THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF GOOGLE+ ....

& IT IS INDEED THE FUNERAL OF ORKUT ....IT IS INDEED THE END OF AN ERA...THE END OF A LEGEND.....I CAN HEAR THE DEATH-KNELL LOUDLY.....

TODAY IS A BLACK DAY FOR PEOPLE WHO GREW UP IN THE ORKUT AGE.......

IT IS NOW TIME ...FOR ORKUT ...TO ENTER THE MUSEUM OF FAME & GO DOWN IN HISTORY BOOKS...AS THE WORLD'S FIRST MAJOR SOCIAL NETWORK....AS THE FIRST SOCIAL NETWORK WHICH BROUGHT JOY TO PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD...AS THE FIRST SOCIAL NETWORK WHICH FOSTERED FRIENDSHIP, PEACE, HARMONY, UNDERSTANDING, BONDING.....

IT IS TIME FOR ORKUT...TO BE STUDIED BY OUR KIDS IN THEIR SCHOOLS....AS A PLACE WHICH WAS ONCE FILLED WITH HAPPINESS & SMILES....AS A PLACE TO WHICH WE ONCE HAPPILY BELONGED...AS A HEAVEN...

REST IN PEACE, ORKUT....YOU WILL BE SORELY MISSED, FOR THERE SHALL BE NONE LIKE YOU EVER AGAIN....YOU WERE THE BEST !!!!!!

THANK YOU FOR GIVING US UNMATCHED HAPPINESS ...THANK YOU FOR BEING THE MOST SIGNIFICANT PART OF OUR LIVES...FOR THE 5-6 YEARS...THAT YOU BELONGED TO US ...OR ...SHOULD I SAY.. WE BELONGED TO YOU....

I HAD A DREAM...THAT ONE DAY...PEOPLE WOULD ONCE AGAIN WRITE TESTIMONIALS, SCRAPS TO EACH OTHER...BECOME FANS OF EACH OTHER...& SO ON...

WELL, NOW, IT SHALL, BUT, REMAIN A DREAM ...:)....ALL GOOD THINGS HAVE TO COME TO AN END SOMEDAY....

I have mixed feelings now...While I am mourning the death of Orkut ...I DO FEEL PROUD & BLESSED TO HAVE LIVED DURING THE ERA OF ORKUT ...:) :)...FUTURE GENERATIONS WILL NOT EXPERIENCE THE JOY WE DID...IN USING ORKUT ...HERE'S CELEBRATING THE WORLD'S BEST SOCIAL NETWORK TO HAVE EVER BEEN !! :)

- Ashwin.

4 comments:

Archana said...

Beautifully written article.. Highly nostalgic .. n yeah i did smile imagining those "first time" experiences ... the testimonials... those times when u wud prompt me to accept the testimonials in an order!!! woww... awesome it was...

Prashanth said...

So beautifully written! I really feel for Orkut.

You missed the BABA community :)

Ashwin S Kumar said...

OMG !! YES !! HOW did I miss out the \m/ community!!? :(

Ubaid Raza said...

"According to Angelo, the numbers reached by Google, the buzz was not enough to consider it a social network successful"

Is that machine translation from some other language to English?
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