Orkut to re-enter the Indian market under the ‘Hello’ brand name

Is Orkut making a comeback or is Hello an altogether new product?

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Highlights

    • Hello is currently available in 12 countries
    • It is currently available in beta in India
    • It is a full app-based social network

Orkut was one of the first and most popular social media platforms around a decade or two back. Orkut Buyukkokten, its creator is now planning to unveil a new app-centric social media platform ‘Hello’ in India within the next two months. For a few months now, a beta version of the ‘Hello’ platform has been available in the country. The current aim of the company is to create connections between people in a non-judgmental environment.

“This new venture connects people who share the same interests and passions and provides a place for authentic communication,”
said Mr. Orkut Buyukkokten.

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Orkut was created by Mr. Buyukkokten back in early 2000’s as an independent project while working at Google. It was an instant success at the time of unveiling. However, a decade after functioning and garnering more than 300 million active users worldwide, Google decided to shut down the service in favour of its Google Plus social network.

The creator of the platform wasn’t hurt by the closing down of his social network and called it a start of a wonderful journey. Since then social media platforms have evolved a lot, and ‘Hello’ is a continuation of that journey.

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‘Hello’ was started by Mr. Orkut Buyukkokten and a small group of ex-Google engineers. The team has now grown to 20 members and is backed by a number of investors including Google. The social media app is currently available in a total of 12 countries including Canada, New Zealand and Brazil for both Android and iOS.