Wednesday, November 11, 2009 | 32 comments Categories: , ,

Orkut Revamps its Interface - New Orkut

So today I had an opportunity to try out the new Orkut, with credits to Sanchit. The hyped new interface of Orkut was pretty much a charm. To be frank it has got a lot of its looks from Facebook, so users who have migrated to facebook or use facebook regularly, would surely love the new avatar of Orkut.
From a users perspective Orkut has been a quite a change.. It hass changed from the sloppy and sloggy erstwhile orkut to a pretty fast version. The new Orkut is being called as My Orkut. The Google Link bar has made an appearance here too, displaying the services that are being offered by google.

The Look can be said a lot similar to what Facebook has, with a 5 color theme switcher. The recent visitor feature has also been tweaked up, with it displaying only profile pics of the recent visitors. The search bar also has two options - to search Orkut or to search the Web. The new look copies its link structure from Facebook, with the applications being clubbed into More links.


The Orkut Chat has shifted from its conventional left bottom position to right side, and status changer is adjacent to your Status Updates. Moreover the status messages have also become commentable like in other networks. The individual profile pages have also gone how facebook is, showing all the updates, but still, facebook comes out a lot cleaner than what New Orkut is.

One very good, feature that can be clearly seen, is how you search for friends, in your friend list, and in other's friends. It is blazing fast.

Some hardcore Orkut fans might disapprove of the changes made to it, but my persona lview is that, it is a lot better network than the earlier one,and is definitely worth switching.

It is still invite only, and you can get invites by joining the Get the New Orkut community.

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32 comments:

Wow, I haven't used Orkut in a long time! I guess facebook drew me away from it, I suppose when they finalize the interface and implement for everyone I will once again try Orkut out =D

Till then,

Jean

Wow it sounds like Orkut just did everything they could to copy facebook. I guess that what happens when something better comes out. The existing competitors have to scramble to play catch up. Oftentimes they don't take the time to think up ideas themselves and just copy whoever is successful.

@Aluminum Cases, you are so right! I guess that's what happens... in general when companies fall behind they just try to copy the others in some way shape or form. :(

Till then,

Jean

Yea, its exactly the same way. What I liked was the fast interface, but surely it has lost some of its simplicity with the new Look.
Anyways changes are for good, lets hope this time its also the same way :)

Actually in my orkut account i have given a tagline. n now whenever i try to change it. it pretends to be changed but as page reloads its replaced by the old one. even i have tried it by changing different browsers i have used Opera, Mozila Firefox, google Chrome. bt still m in this prb.

Oh my gosh! The new interface looks Amazing! They did a great job on this!

it's given that "click to invite your friends" option will be there under the friends box. But I cannot find such option anywhere in my page. How can i invite? Please help!

When i see my orkut profile then i find some new communities and new friends automaticallt added in my profile. But i dont know these communities and friends. Plz help now what i can do. I already changed my orkut password. But still its not working and hacker still active.

It will be interesting to see if Orkut makes any progress in the North American market. It seems like they are concentrating on weaker markets to begin. Perhaps once they improve their site more, they will make that push to compete with facebook.

I was looking for you....for a past few days..and there you are.Vaise mujhe bhi nahi pata iske baare me..bt I am sending you a request...and can't find you.

@Aluminum Cases, I highly doubt it will, Its biggest popularity is in Brazil.

Till then,

Jean

ı was looking for you.. for a past few days

Whenever i get a scrap or message in orkut,i receive it as a mail in g mail.......i want to stop this.help me.

I was looking for you....for a past few days..and there you are.Vaise mujhe bhi nahi pata iske baare me..bt I am sending you a request...and can't find you.

So far, I'm not that happy with the new Orkut. It still feels like it was made by a bunch of kids. Fonts have no uniformity, design is all over the place. I wish they'd just simplify it like Facebook. At the end of the day, people want easy navigation and neat presentation. That's why MySpace failed too. All the glitter and flash was fun at first but then it just got in the way.

Till then,

Jean

I guess this is only possible if you are using new orkut and you have received a request...

As long as their strategy is to just copy facebook, I don't think orkut has much chance of really gaining traction. Facebook is simply too established already and people don't want to waste time switching everything over to a new network.

Guys I've got the new orkut,now how I can send someone the invitation?

I have the orkut icon next to my name but I couldn't yet check out the new orkut or can I invite anyone? Regar?

@Aluminum Cases: I think that is the problem. They're copying Facebook but not all the way, so it's a broken system that's not much good.

Till then,

Jean

@classified: You can invite others via GMail or via Buzz invitations. It's very easy.

Till then,

Jean

I currently check Facebook daily, orkut maybe twice a week, and MySpace rarely. :(

Till then,

Jean

I had posted question earlier here about my Orkut account. I was not able to perform any actions on Orkut.

@Jean: I don't blame them for copying facebook though. It only makes sense to steal some ideas from the leader. They just have to make more of an effort to differentiate themselves with their own ideas and look.

What makes revamps -its -interfance supirior to Orkut ?

Hi New Orkut have many new feature about do the cheat with other person.

Wow very informative post telling about new search.

In yours Orkut Homepage you will see a Link created for Changing Themes In Orkut ,By Clicking that Link you can acces to Orkut Themes Store where you can get more them 10 Orkut themes waiting for you.

How do we see offline person on yahoo or orkut?

You cannot see them. In the case of Yahoo, if they are in offline mode, you can converse with them though.

Till then,

Jean

@AC: I wasn't blaming them for copying some features of Facebook but simply that the implementation is very messy. :)

Till then,

Jean

Is orkut really a good social networking site?

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