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Why Orkut is boring these days?

26 January 2008 7 Comments

Disclaimer: These are the thoughts of RRRR – Remotely Random Roadside Rougler. Its 12:30 in the night and I dont knw what I am going to type! These are not the views of Google or Orkut πŸ™‚

For some reason, I am finding that Orkut is boring these days. I am trying to list the reason here.

* These days, I am able to reply back to scraps from my scrapbook itself. That never used to be the case before. I used to go to the person’s scrapbook. Reply back. And more importantly, read all his other scraps. This whole entertaining experience is removed.
I am on orkut to do time pass. If I have to just reply back, I might as well do it over email.

* My scrap activity is around is 4 scraps in 2 weeks. That too it is bursty. I send all those four scraps on one day. I am in no mood to start new conversation over orkut.
Applying prisoners dilemma, my friends are also undergoing the same situation. So, the “communication with friend” factor is lost. Its nolonger so exciting. And this effect is catching up with my friends, their friends, their friends etc.. I am quite sure, 99.5% of the users will be there in 7 day inactive users.

* The other important work that I used to do on orkut, other than reading scrapbooks, is to look at photos of girls and pass time. But now with the new feature, that important activity is also gone! Surprisingly, a lot of girls are active in using this feature.

* Friend requests from unknown people has started increasing. It is annoying to get random requests. If by chance you accept, you are doing a grave crime! Not for any security reasons. But because, he will update “Brought new jeans” in his profile and you will be notified in your updates. And his name will be glaringly shown in your gtalk chat list. The guy to whom you talk usually is lost somewhr in the list.

* Extremely Personalized Happy New Years!, Happy Republic day! etc. Please, neither you nor I celebrate republic day or new year! But this sucky scrap keeps popping up. If it is only from one guy, it is alright. Suddenly all my 250 friends become very patriotic. But it gives happiness to atleast one person. The Orkut PM, for seeing increase in scrap traffic.

* If I scrap once in 2 weeks, I go to my communities once in 2 months. It is just a place to show your other interests. It is like my showcase with communities as dolls. But one exception, all these dolls keep rearranging themselves whenever the feel like and however they want!
It will be a great feature to remove users who dont post in a community for more than a month! But wait a minute. That will leave 95% of the communities with 0 users. And the other 5% will have 2 users. They might as well scrap each other.

* Orkut tried to do a cool thing by allowing indic scraps. But this time firefox played the spoil sport. The font rendering is so sucky, that I feel like reading some ancient kannada poem in hampi ruins when someone scraps me in kannada.

* If you think all that I am talking is crap, you belong to the elite 1% premium users of orkuk, aka, Geek community who dont have social life outside, so you use orkut to be social. Great all the best!
With orkut launching open social (not insider information πŸ™‚ hehehaaaahah), one geek will code for a VIRTUAL WALK. And you will be walking with a girl (fake profile) using the virtual walk, hike on mountain that looks like xp wallpaper, but get that fake girl an e-icecream, but paying real money!! Enjoy!

There is one use of orkut!

You can introduce my blog to 5 new people! πŸ™‚
After that, go and socialize in the REAL SOCIAL NETWORK

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  • sankara said:

    Totally agreed. All your points are valid. But I would still stay in Orkut. It’s because it lets me connect with my old (and may be not so old) friends. Only few keep in touch but at least I know where to look for them.
    And yeah the most irritating in the bulk scraps.

  • Sundar Rajan G S said:

    @ sankara,

    I fully agree with you!

    I too use orkut as a giant database of friends on which I can do a quick *search* πŸ™‚

  • The Rain God said:

    1) read other’s scrap (especially girls to see which other boys scrap them)
    2) see girl’s photos.

    Both are gone :(.

    the lucrative part 2 was already half gone when Girls started beating the game by uploading photos of kids from forwards . This started happening after some random fool sent some forward asking girls (specifically) not to upload photos because they are being misused.

    Orkut is no more interesting :)).

  • Sundar Rajan G S said:

    @ rain god,

    I agree with you!! πŸ™‚

    I didnt think about the kids photos..
    πŸ™‚

  • The Rain God said:

    quote:
    You can introduce my blog to 5 new people! πŸ™‚
    After that, go and socialize in the REAL SOCIAL NETWORK

    shameless self promotion.

  • Sundar Rajan G S said:

    @ raingod,

    ha ha.. I thought, now that we are already logged into orkut always.. lets atleast use it .. πŸ™‚

    What do you say!

  • Eric said:

    Eric…

    Thanks for the information!…