Orkut was a real fever among Brazilians in the 2000s, although it was discontinued in 2014, ten years after its launch. In addition to making users head into the wave of social networks, the connections website set trends that inspired contemporary platforms.
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The fashion of creating personalized avatars with applications such as Bitmoji, for example, refers to the extinct Orkut BuddyPoke. Already with the function "Crush list", the social network helped to unite couples when Tinder still belonged in the distant future. Not to mention the famous communities and the traditional scrapbook, both resources adapted by Facebook. In the following list, check out seven Orkut functions that have been "copied" or have served as inspiration for other social networks.
List features seven Orkut functions that were copied by other social networks Photo: Barbara Mannara / TechTudo
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1. Games within the social network
Happy Harvest: game was very successful at the time of Orkut Photo: Divulgao / Mentez
If you were an active user of Orkut, it is likely that you spent good hours playing Colheita Feliz or Café Mania. These were the most successful games on the social network, which also offered many other titles for those who wanted to have fun on the platform. With the extinction of Orkut, some games migrated to Facebook. Zuckerberg's network was able to incorporate this characteristic of the then rival and maintains an extensive catalog of games to this day.
Long before apps like Tinder existed, Orkut already helped bring couples together. This is because each profile presented an option called Crush list, which any user could click to show interest in the owner of the page. If the person returned the gesture, Orkut would send a message to both of them, confirming the match. The "Hot list", in turn, was simply a list of the friends that most interested the user.
"I hate to wake up early": a classic among Orkut communities Photo: Reproduo / Orkut
The more than 50 million Orkut communities were an environment for making new friends and meeting people with the same interests. Structured in discussion topics, they range from the classic "I hate to wake up early" to the good-natured "It wasn't me, it was my loyal self" turned into spaces for games like "kiss or pass", "hit or ride" and "the last to speak wins".
On Facebook, the tone of the groups has changed considerably. Although the spaces have similar structures, the groups lack a forum-style posting tool. Furthermore, the goal of those who join Facebook seems to be more to exchange useful information than to make friends. While groups such as the famous LDRV preserve the atmosphere of play, there are others more serious, joining college classes, freelancers and people interested in renting real estate, as well as used product buyers and sellers.
BuddyPoke: animated interactive avatar was successful on Orkut Photo: Reproduo / Elson de Souza
BuddyPoke is among the Orkut features that users miss most. The extension available on the social network allowed you to create an avatar similar to you and interact with your friends' dolls through dance, greetings, kisses and virtual hugs.
BuddyPoke's success was such that the app not only migrated to Facebook, it inspired the creation of similar tools. the case of Bitmoji, Snapchat app in which users can create caricatures of themselves and send them in the form of emojis, and Memoji, available only to iPhone owners with iOS 13.
Unlike BuddyPoke, these apps do not allow direct interaction. In contrast, the features of the avatars followed the evolution of technology and became much more precise, representing the user with greater fidelity.
Orkut scraps page Photo: Reproduo / TechTudo
Just add it with scrap ": if you were part of Orkut, you certainly recognize this phrase. Developed for friends to leave messages for the page owner, the social network scrapbook led to the creation of one of the biggest Internet borders of the 2000s.
Although it has the same purpose, the Facebook wall has eliminated the possibility of personalizing characters and incorporating HTML codes. Another difference is that people have already abandoned the habit of requesting a message to add someone to their friends list.
Orkut user profile Photo: Reproduo / Orkut
The "who am I" section of Orkut was created for users to write a little about themselves and better show their personality. It turns out that people's creativity, added to the high character limit provided by the social network, ended up transforming the space into much more than that. It was common for users to dictate "rules" for the profile or to fill the entire page with music lyrics and drawings made with special characters.
Knowing this, it is easy to understand why the biography (or bio) space of social networks like Instagram and Twitter offers much less space for self-description. The feature refers to the "Who am I" seo, except for the character limit offered. As users now cannot write much, it is unlikely that we will see "pearls" like Orkut's again.
One of the most loved and hated functions of Orkut was the possibility of knowing who had visited your profile. The tool was enabled by default, and the list of recent visitors was updated every day.
Much to the sadness of many, the resource was extinguished on contemporary social networks. Well, at least in its original form. That's because Instagram lets you know which people viewed your Stories. Still, there are mobile apps and browser plugins that help circumvent this identification mechanism and view the contents anonymously.
With regard to profile visitors, the social network of photos indicates only how many people viewed the page. Interested in discovering the faces behind the numbers should resort to outside services. Although there are sites that promise to reveal this type of information, it is not possible to prove the veracity of the data.
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