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Tomorrow, Google will shut down Orkut, its first attempt at a social network. Launched in January 2004 — a month before Facebook — and named after its creator, Google engineer Orkut Büyükkökten, Orkut was very popular in India and Brazil; especially, Brazil where it was the dominant social network until Facebook finally surpassed it in January 2012.
Google announced today that it is shutting down its first social network, Orkut, on September 30. , launched in 2004 and named after Google engineer Orkut Büyükkökten, who created it, was very popular in Brazil, where for years it was the leading social network. Facebook finally surpassed it the country in January 2012. was also heavily used in India, but never gained traction in the U.S.