Orkut, Google's first decade-old first step into social networking, shuts down today. . With its closure, Google would like to to focus on its other social networking initiatives. Orkut was launched ten years ago but failed to propel Google ahead in the most popular website businesses. Orkut, which was quite popualr in Brazil and India, was launched in 2004 - the same year Facebook, now the world's No.1 social network, was founded.
Google has tried to project Google+ as a means of establishing a unified "user identity" to improve Google's various Web properties. Last year, for example, Google began requiring YouTube users to sign in with their Google+ identity before commenting about videos. An archive of all Orkut "communities" that will be available from September 30. However, those ex-users, who don't wish to have their posts or names in the archive, can remove Orkut permanently from their Google account.