Google is shutting down Orkut, the company's first social networking website. Created 10 years ago, Orkut was the brainchild of Orkut Büyükkökten, a Turkish software engineer and former product manager at Google.
As to why Google is ending Orkut, it said that other Google services like YouTube, Google+, and Blogger are outpacing its growth.
"Over the past decade, YouTube, Blogger and Google+ have taken off, with communities springing up in every corner of the world. Because the growth of these communities has outpaced Orkut's growth, we've decided to bid Orkut farewell," Google said in a statement.
Moving forward, the team will focus its energy and resources on developing Google's other social platforms.
Orkut is closing on September 30. Users may export their profile data, posts, and photos by using Google Takeout, a tool that exports data to a downloadable file format.
The impact of the shutdown will be greater to Orkut users in Brazil and India. 50 percent of Orkut users are in Brazil, while 20 percent are in India. The U.S. only has 17.7 percent Orkut users.
In remembrance to Orkut, Google is preserving archives of all public communities. The archives will be posted online later in September.
For the meantime, Google is urging Orkut users to explore other online communities.
"It's been a great 10 years, and we apologize to those still actively using the service. We hope people will find other online communities to spark more conversations and build even more connections for the next decade and beyond," Google added.
I'm sure they will.