Orkut was discontinued in 2014, but many people have not yet surpassed the end of the social network. Proof of that, in the last week, the Internet was crazy to find an app with the same name and look of the extinct platform on the Google Play Store. It didn't take long for rumors to come up that Orkut was back, but the app is nothing more than the mobile version of a website that seeks to revive the social network.
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Created by af, Orkut.br faithfully reproduces the layout and resources of the platform that was a fever among Brazilians in the 2000s. The supposed return of the social network mobilized users on Twitter and generated doubts. Is it possible to recover data from the old account? Are there any risks to security and privacy? Thinking about it, the TechTudo prepared five questions and answers about the website that revives the social network.
Orkut returned? Five questions and answers about the website that revives the social network Photo: Reproduo / Ana Letcia Loubak
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No. The social network was discontinued in 2014 and as long as it is not possible to recover profile data, the deadline for backing up photos, testimonials, scraps and other information ended in 2016. When opening Orkut.br, the user informed that it is not an official Google platform. Sought by TechTudo, the company said it would not comment on the case. Likewise, we also tried to contact Orkut.br, but we were unable to get back.
"Orkut.br has no link with Google and is not the same site as Orkut. If your intention is to access the old social network affiliated with Google, we apologize, but it will not be possible, unfortunately Orkut ended its activities in 2014 ", explains the note displayed on the Orkut.br homepage.
2. What and how does Orkut.br work?
Orkut profile page Photo: Reproduo / Ana Letcia Loubak
Orkut.br was developed by a fan in honor of the extinct social network. The site aims to recreate the late Orkut from scratch, using the same tools and design as the original platform.
To register on Orkut.br, I need to provide data such as name and surname, date of birth, e-mail, sex and country where you live. After completing the registration, the user can add additional information and start adding friends.
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3. Are there any risks when using the website?
Orkut.br is not an official Google service, so there is no way to guarantee user privacy. Although reliving the experience of the 2000s is a tempting proposition, it is important to think twice before exposing your personal data in the name of homesickness.
According to Orkut.br, the site has a security system that includes SSL certificate, protection against malware infections and distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. However, during tests done by the TechTudo, the platform proved to be quite unstable and showed constant errors. It is not known to what extent this instability can compromise data security.
Also noteworthy is the possibility of connecting the profile to Facebook. When the user authorizes this communication, Orkut.br is granted a series of permissions to verify personal information contained in the Zuckerberg network. Therefore, the recommendation is that you do not connect the platforms. If you have already made the integration, go to the Facebook settings and, in the "Applications and Sites" option, revoke Orkut.br access.
4. Are the features the same as the old Orkut?
Orkut.br recovers classic communities from the old social network Photo: Reproduo / Ana Letcia Loubak
Yes. Orkut.br follows the look of the late social network and recovers resources that users have missed. It is possible to send testimonials to friends, leave scraps in the profile and classify someone with the famous trade of attributes: "reliable", "cool" and "sexy".
The nostalgic site also revives some of the most popular Orkut communities. Classics like "I hate to wake up early", "God told me: come down and rock" and "I love my mom" were recreated on the new platform. Orkut.br also recovered the section "Luck of the day", which included "forecasts" and daily motivational phrases.
Anyone who had the expectation of playing Colheita Feliz again or creating a new avatar on BuddyPoke will continue to miss it. The social network did not bring games back.
Reliving the nostalgia of the 2000s, without a doubt, is an attractive proposal, but browsing Orkut.br is far from being a pleasant experience. The site is still under development and displays error messages at all times. To perform simple actions, such as joining a community, you need to repeat the command several times until you succeed.
5. How does the mobile app work?
Application that recreates Orkut was successful last week Photo: Divulgao / Orkut
Last week, the Internet was crazy when it came across an application called Orkut on the Play Store. Like the website, the app has no link with Google or any connection with Orkut Bykkkten, creator of the social network.
As soon as the program is installed on the cell phone, the user receives a message stating that it is a social network created by a fan. The alert also clarifies that it will not be possible to recover information from the old account. The idea that members build a profile from scratch, adding friends, creating photo albums and joining communities.
Orkut registers more than 500 thousand installations in the Android application store and accumulates more than 3,300 evaluations of users who have already registered with the app. In the comments, people praise the layout of the tool, but complain about the slowness and the bugs. "The app is very similar, very well done. But very slow, practically impossible to use. I was logged in for 20 minutes and I was unable to edit a page of my profile", said a user. Orkut is rated 3.2 stars on the Play Store.
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