Well Orkut has announced a revamp in its looks recently and is rolling out select amount of invites to people through contests and other means(no select considerations). And i was lucky enough to be one of the select few to be ChOsen to be onboard the new version. Being a big fan/user of orkut since 2006,i’ve been using it for half a day and would like to share with you the certain features that makes the new Orkut even more special.
This is a look of the new interface and it absolutely rocks. The new features include a total revamp, Facebook style but without disturbing the originality of the old version of orkut. Ill list the changes noted between the 2 versions here so that you people can know easily.
- The photo interface with your photo can be changed into 5 different colors which is cool actually. The colors are the Orkut Blue, Green,Orange,Black & Pink.(In Pic. Just below search bar)
- Instead of showing the names of the recent visitors, their display picture is visible.(Check below status update bar in photo interface)
- Instead of displaying birthdays all together in 3 or 4 rows it comes with a horizontal scroll button which makes all entries to fit into one line and can be scrolled through.
- Another main feature is the drop down list type for all features which you can maximize and minimize.
- The friends list is shown with a search bar and scroll all in one page.
- All communities can be seen in one scroll. Search option is also available.
- Coming to the updates section, this is the place which has the most changes(mostly facebook like) where you can comment on friends photos and videos just as you do in facebook.
- Also another major change is that a video or picture can be added in the about me section .
- And let me tell you the new orkut is actually FAST. Photo uploads are really easy and quick.
- There is also Video and voice chat enabled in orkut itself which is ultra Super!!!
- The biggest change of all is the easy access navigation toolbar for all google apps right at the top.
- The navigation is similar to the old orkut and we can navigate easily between profile,scrapbook & photos etc..(the communities tab is missin which i found to be a disadvantage).
But what encourages me is that the new version is still under testing for bugs and tweaks(its still BETA), so there is scope for improvement still and its a good ploy from google to give it through limited invitations to create a flutter among the masses. For more information check out the www.orkut.com/neworkut community in Orkut. Click Here to try the new orkut and spread the revolution!!!
With the revamp Orkut is all ready to lock horns with the very popular & growing FaceBook & MySpace, but to know if it can beat them in the race for the top Social Networking site, we’ll just have to wait and watch!!!