Started in 2004, the social networking site of Google, Orkut is shutting its stores on September 2014. Orkut helped shape life online before people really knew what “social networking” was.

Google today confirmed on Orkut blog that they will be shutting down the services on September 30, 2014. Until then, there will be no impact on current Orkut users, to give the community time to manage the transition. People can export their profile data, community posts and photos using Google Takeout (available until September 2016). Starting today, it will not be possible to create a new Orkut account.

Google’s Engineering Director Paulo Golgher said that it’s been a great 10 years, and we apologize to those still actively using the service. We hope people will find other online communities to spark more conversations and build even more connections for the next decade and beyond.

After June 30, 2014 people wont be allowed to create new accounts. You will not be able to download the Orkut app from Google Play or the iTunes store after June 30, 2014. If you already have the app, you can use it until September 30, 2014.

Orkut is shutting down

After Orkut shuts down on September 30, 2014:

  • You will not be able to log in to Orkut
  • You will not be able to export your photo albums to Google+
  • Apps, APIs, & games will no longer be available
  • Public communities will be saved in a publicly viewable Community Archive

You can delete your individual posts that you don’t want to be archived before Orkut shuts down on September 30, 2014.

What information can you save?

You can:

  1. Export your photo albums to Google+ (you can do this until September 30, 2014)
  2. Save your Orkut profile, scraps, testimonials, & community posts to your computer using Google Takeout (you can do this until September 2016)

What will happen to your Orkut account after Orkut shuts down on September 30, 2014?

You’ll no longer be able to log in to Orkut, but you can save your photos, scraps, & testimonials using Google Takeout until September 2016.

Orkut was founded in January 2004 by Google Employee  Orkut Büyükkökten. Orkut was popular and one of the most visited websites in countries like India and Brazil. But with the advent of modern social networking websites like Facebook, Twitter, Orkut lost its market share and eventually even Google started promoting its new social networking site Google Plus.

Google will focus its efforts on developing Google plus, blogger and YouTube platforms. Orkut is the latest addition to the list of closed out products from Google. Last year Google closed the operations of Google Reader.