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Haochi [PersonRank 10]

Thursday, August 23, 2007
12 years ago10,076 views

<<Today we're announcing our latest improvement to the site: an updated look! Just as you change your profile picture to keep with the times, we're updating the look of orkut. The change isn't live yet, but starting soon, we will start rolling-out the new look. To start, we will roll it out to a small group of users randomly selected, and will continue to do so until everyone is on the new site. We'll tell you a little more each day, so come back to the blog to get a few sneak peeks.>>
en.blog.orkut.com/2007/08/comi ...

Socialstream??!! A new look might revive Orkut's popularity in the U.S.

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

excellent!

DPic [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

FINALLY! This better be awesome lol

DPic [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

If anyone gets the new look before us post a screenshot

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I havent got it hear yet (never personally use the site).

Will be interesting to see what it looks like. Facebook has taken over the social network space...

Sohil [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I agree with Sam. Facebook > Orkut (in every aspect).

Haochi [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Let's pray that it's not going to be like MySpace (allow users to overly customize their profile pages).

DPic [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

It's not the extent to which the user can customize their pages, it's the way that myspace has them do it. Facebook has done an outstanding job-- i would love to see orkut do better.

Haochi [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

BTW, have you guys noticed that you don't need the additional login for Orkut anymore?

DPic [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Yeah i picked up on that recently too :)

DPic [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Screenshots! info-mundo.net/2007/08/23/orku ...

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Here too: flickr.com/photos/kyzy/1216686 ...

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Finally I don't know if all this screenshots are true or if users have used an extension :
orkutplus.blogspot.com/2007/08 ...

Pierre S [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I've already talked about that, but I can't access Orkut. I've tried with various browser, I've erased cache,cookies...
No sucess.
I'm also experiencing problems on random videos on YouTube (the video doesn't load and it stays black forever)
Has anyone been experiencing the same things ?

David Hetfield [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Maybe the video has been removed?

Pierre S [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Nope. On videos that have been linked as working from tiny sites (no overload effect)

But that's the orkut thing that is the weirdest. The Favicon loads in Konqueror (doesn't in Firefox), but in both cases I get a page not found thingy.

Kind of annoying.

Above 16 comments were made in the forum before this was blogged,

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

If you ask me, they should have completely rebranded Orkut as "Google Friends" or "Google Network" or something and focused more on its features.

The new design is better but completely underwhelming.

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Colors excepted, where is the SocialStream touch in this new look ?

pooin [PersonRank 8]

12 years ago #

I expect more radical changes. They only did a few CSS retouches

[put at-character here]Tony Ruscoe
In case of renaming. Why not...
Picasa to Google Photo
YouTube to Google TV
Blogger to Google Blogs
Dodgeball to Google Social Mobile

I think this can be good for Google as brand but it would increase the possibilities of being judged by monopoly as Google brand turn omnipresent like Micro$oft

Mambo [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Google doesn't need such a brand image. There's more chance of products catching on if they have a distinctive name... surely. I can't imagine there been such a buzz about YouTube if it was called Google TV?

Anyway, I think this orkut "redesign" is more of just a facelift, with the old reflection here and there.

Pierre S [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Ok problem fixed. It seems to be a Fon.com problem (connecting using la Fonera). Dunno how to iron it out, but using good old Ethernet for now

Sohil [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

<<I think this can be good for Google as brand but it would increase the possibilities of being judged by monopoly as Google brand turn omnipresent like Micro$oft>>

I don't think monopoly status would have anything to do with the branding.

Benjamin Jancewicz [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

It would be nice if they would make it easier to find people... I've had the thing for 3 years and I still can't have it search my Gmail address book to find people who may already have an account...

DPic [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

They plan on releasing new features after the new look is rolled out to everyone. They'll be releasing them over time so they can catch bugs easier. Also, everyone should expect to have the new look within the next couple days :)

Zim [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

They need to put a button called "This is not a person" or "This person is spam". I'm tired of being invited by sexy brazilians with long email addresses, and comments like "visit my website, check out my photos!" ¬¬
Anyway, I don't have any connection there and I don't use it...

DPic [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Haha they have that-- most social netowking site do

Martin Porcheron [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

The main problem I have with orkut is spam, which is why until last night I hadn't bothered to use it. I spent a whole 2 minutes and managed to find at least 100 spam accounts which were active.

DPic [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Yeah, Orkut has a unbelievable spam problem. It's as bad as MySpace if not worse.

Haochi [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Screenshot in PNG from Google:


bp0.blogger.com/_eXrfCIRgeCA/R ...

Thiago.exe [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

Meu perfil correndo o mundo lol

DPic [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I still don't have it! Ughh :(lol

...i'm so impatiant :D

DPic [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Here's another official post where the screenschot from Haochi was taken from en.blog.orkut.com/2007/08/rede ...

engtech [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

I like this screenshot better:
internetducttape.com/2007/08/2 ...

:)

DPic [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

heh...they could've done a better job

Sohil [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

engtech, obvious photoshop job.

Francis Ocoma [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Well, it's nice that the most popular Latin American social networking service has gotten a face-lift. Good for them Latinos. :-)

But seriously, what good is any of this if I can't even find a single orkut community that isn't filled with Portuguese and Spanish posts? Not that I'm racist or an English elitist or anything (I'm a Filipino, so English isn't even my primary language), but why can't they consider the people who don't understand their language and simply use a more universal one (English)? Now, it'd be less irksome if this was only isolated to American communities (i.e. both North and South America), but Portuguese posts in purely Philippine communities?! WTF?

DPic [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

This would change after more users join-- it's just a language barrier that has to be broken with more users

DPic [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Okay that was worded badly. when more users of a given language, say english, join, then users of other languages will go to groups where there are more people who speak that language and leave the english groups alone.

DPic [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

During this period of switching over new accounts do any of the users who can see the new look see any links to the orkut homepage from within orkut or on their google accounts page that are odd and may let other users see the new orkut?

it's not likely but i'm trying to think of ways to get it sooner. anybody got any better ideas? yes, i know-- i'm VERY impatient sometimes

Haochi [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Hey guys, go to the Help Center. :)
help.orkut.com/support/

DPic [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

nice! :)

Fabio [PersonRank 9]

12 years ago #

I found more pictures of new Orkut at here:
googlediscovery.com/2007/08/24 ...

Looks nice!

DPic [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Thanks-- i think we have enough screenshots now

Google Tutor Junior [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

This is a much needed visual overhaul to orkut. The sky blue color scheme has become really boring after all these time. The new design, although not really radically different from the old one, breaths some fresh air to the google social network application. One can hope that this will mean that Google is putting in more efforts and resources to the web application. I know it's pretty popular in some countries, but I have yet to see a more innovative and ground-breaking Orkut.

DPic [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

It's is the 7th most popular site in the world. And they have been working on orkut-- only they haven't been making the changes because they were waiting for this new look to come out.

Abhishek [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Too bad thy did not bring over SocialStream features. Dont know why Google is not incorporating it soon enough.

Read some of my thoughts on this:

abhishek.tiwari.com/2007/08/25 ...

DPic [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Because it's not close to being ready...

Martin Porcheron [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Socialstream isn't owned by Google, its simply sponsored. Whether or not Google buys the source to the project/hires the students and implements it into Orkut is a complete unknown, although highly likely IMHO.

hcii.cs.cmu.edu/M-HCI/2006/Soc ...

Haochi [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

<<Directed to *help improve the online community orkut*, the project's scope was not to simply redesign the interface.>>

Martin Porcheron [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Must have missed that (apparently, I'm blind).

Sankar Anand [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

[put at-character here]haochi

Yeah you are right, thank god now! no need of additional login!

[put at-character here]tony ruscore

Well i don't want orkut re branding or does google! Since most of the Brazilians and Indians love calling them orkut and have them in heart.

And also it wouldn't be nice if you hear google everywhere google tv, google bathroom, google earth. etc etc

DPic [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I disagree-- i want a Google Bathroom ;)

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Google Feaces Analitycs ;-)

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

"we'll reveal a little more each day, so stay tuned" What else is there to reveal and why did you say that and then only do 1 follow-up post, Orkut Bloggers?

DPic [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

A little more each day? They missed Saturday (yesterday)...

Maybe they are reveling it through Orkut-- not just the blog? I have no idea

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I still get nothing new here. I'm really wondering how they chose the users who get the new look. Randomly? By country? Language? Any idea?

DPic [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I was informed that they release it to a group of people at a time using a "sampling model" so that they can make it adjust it to some percentage of users. They sometime use a whitelist but for orkut they are relying only on this algorithm which selects random users (exept google employees?). With this sampling model they can release it to say 0.2% of users and see if they like it by looking over the data.

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Ok

Shankar Reddy S [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

I got it on first day!!! :)

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I see the new design.

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Lucky man! (in all languages?)

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

> I disagree-- i want a Google Bathroom

Hmm...
blogoscoped.com/archive/2004_1 ...

Talking about the Orkut brand... I brought home this flyer from Zurich (where Google has one of their development centers):


blogoscoped.com/files/orkut-pa ...

Sankar Anand [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

i too have the design now, seem like its live for everyone

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

>> seem like its live for everyone
Not just yet. I'm still not seeing it.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Here neither.

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I'm wondering how many people have now the new look of orkut. If they release their new look to 10'000 new users each days, I will discover it in 18 years...

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Maybe 10000 in the first 7 days and then everyone.

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I have got the new one

DPic [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

You should have it by tomorrow ;)

Haochi [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #


img207.imageshack.us/img207/21 ...


Got it here as well, but the buttons are kinda broken though.

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

DPic, do you work at GOOG :)?

DPic [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Haha, no but that would be awesome
I just turned 16 last a little over a month ago :)

hebbet [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

The new design is now available en.blog.orkut.com/2007/08/rede ...

indyank [PersonRank 1]

12 years ago #

Philip, Orjut is too popular in India too :)

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