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Nov 03

I was one of the (un?)lucky few to be invited to use the new Orkut and quite frankly its not that good. Google has used a lot of Ajax, tried to make it more facebooky but have failed miserably. The first thing where they fail is the gaudy and bright color scheme. The bright pink and blue color schemes dont match with the uncluttered look at all.

Plus the new Orkut is not even uncluttered, the huge advertisement on the right column has been shifted to the top and adblock no longer kills the whole element so there is a sick huge void in my Orkut window when I use Firefox. The huge ads are the biggest turnoff in the new Orkut.

The menus are less intuitive, took me 2 days to figure out how to use the communities section and get the latest post times from my various communities. Friend updates it seems are no longer optional, despite having them disabled in the old Orkut I am thrown this huge list of status updates from friends which tries to mimic Facebook but is very unfacebook at the same time especially with all the junk HTML Orkut seems to allow.

Orkut went down the day it allowed all the junk HTML and javascript coding. Compared to that facebook has a much better style and restricted media options and thats what makes it cleaner. Hope the Orkut devs are taking notes :)


Aug 15

I was being told by my friends that Orkut has gone into the tricolor colours to celebrate India’s 60th Independence Day. They were happy that the world would know this, but would they ??

We decided to see if this India Stunt was truly global or just a localised gimmick. And as expected, it was a special thing only for traffic originating from India, with a view to attain Good PR from Indians ? Its a localised doodle to put it straight. As you can see when we accessed Orkut from a non-Indian IP, it showed us the normal page like it does to the Rest of the World.

Orkut 15th August Doodle


Jul 02

Schools, Offices and Governments alike like to put curbs on your freedom. For example a search on Google china would reveal considerably censored and doctored results to suit the Chinese government. Schools ban sites so that students are less distracted and use the internet for useful things. Offices ban sites to increase productivity.
So is orkut banned at your workplace or School ? , if yes we have got the perfect solution for you. We always do articles on opera Mini, thats because Opera Mini was the very first cool software me and my brother installed on our mobile phones. So how can Opera Mini help you access blocked and banned sites ?

It works like any other proxy, for people who dont know, proxies are web servers who fetch the page for you. For example, you cant go to the market, you tell your maid to get the stuff and give it to you. In the same way, when your computer is banned from accessing Orkut, you can ask another computer (a proxy) to get Orkut.com for your computer.


You may also log onto http://www.operamini.com/beta/simulator/ and browse to the site of your choice , as the simulator uses a proxy based in Norway, your sites open as though you are not sitting in your school or office, but in Norway in Europe. And here is proof that Orkut works in Opera Mini simulator even if its banned.

Opera Mini opening when its banned 1 Opera Mini opening when its banned 2

To our friends in UAE : We are looking for more such proxies which will allow you to access Orkut.com easily , the current thing we have discovered to access banned Orkut does not allow posting scraps till now, but be aware, we are working on finding new stuff to help you get over the BAN on Orkut placed by your governments. ;)

Orkutproxy.in also looks good, but always think twice before using your username and password on proxies !!!


Feb 03

Well Orkut just keeps getting more addictive doesnt it. The highly addictive social networking site just turned 3 recently and has launched a favourite videos section. Users can post the URLs to their favourite videos on youtube or google video and his/her friends will be able to see it. Not so surprisingly , Orkut , a google company has chosen not to allow MSN videos and other video sites to be used to add favourite videos.

Orkut 3rd anniversary doodle


Jan 10

I logged into my Orkut account after a lot of time and saw i had around 800 unread messages, whoa !!! , i open my inbox and see that 99% of messages are from people i dont know. Some sample scam emails include

** you are not gonna miss a chance to make $1000/day at home,the real wealth package***
My dear friend
This is the real way to make money online no doubt in that other sites tell you you can be millionaire like 1,2,3 it’s not like that but there are secrests to make a good income there>>
You can now start living your life the way you want! What does this mean… well for me it means not having to wake up to an alarm clock in the morning. It’s not having to deal with a boss telling me what to do. It’s not working for someone else making them rich while I do all the hard work. It’s not having to worry about paying my bills on time. It means spending time with my family.>>
give your future a chance bye the way it is almost free to try and then you can change your mind I bet you wont

love
Jacky

EVERYONE SHOULD JOIN THIS WEBSITE.
1)WHENEVER YOU SCRAP SOMEONE IN ORKUT YOU WILL GET NOTHING. BUT IN THIS SITE THERE ARE MANY DISCUSSIONS STARTED BY THE USERS YOU JUST HAVE TO RESPOND YOUR OPINION TO THEM YOU WILL BE PAID FOR YOUR EVERY RESPONSE. BELIEVE ME ITS TRUE.

2)EVERY PHOTO THAT YOU UPLOAD ON YOUR PROFILE YOU WILL BE PAID FOR THAT,

3)ALSO THE MEMBERS WHO JOIN THROUGH YOUR REFERENCE YOU WILL GET 25% OF THEIR TOTAL INCOME EVERYDAY.

4)ALSO BY JUST GIVING YOUR OPINION YOU CAN EARN MINIMUM OF 30$/MONTH. ISNT IT INTERESTING?

NOTE:WHILE REGISTERING YOURSELF USE YOUR “GMAIL” ID ONLY.

All of the above messages were fully loaded with refferal messages , most of them for MyLOT , a new site on the block which pays you for uploading pictures , discussions etc. I decided to check the sites, the sites are full of garbage. Discussions range from topics with the mental level ‘is my pimple too’ red to ‘should i brush my teeth’.Moreover most users seem to have a mental level of a 3yr old asking stupid questions (dont know whether delibrate or not) , the bad thing is that they encourage people to scam others , dignified referral programs always have a no unsolicitated message policy which is highly put to use but none in this case.

Ghost Orkut Members

These are the people on Orkut with fake profiles merely to send such messages ,Here is the screenshot of the communities tab of one such hooligan , 964 communities , if Orkut doesnt know about it , you got to be kidding me , moreover i tried reporting some of them as bogus, all of those whom i reported still continued to exist till day even after 2 months. This means the report features of Orkut are mere eyewash. I remember the ‘I hate India’ community , everyone i knew had marked it as bogus. Around 2 lakh Indians atleast must have marked it as illegal , but the community ran for sooooooo many days , even now many such communities can be found on Orkut.
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Our take is that if you want to earn money on the internet , do work , proper work , make a website , write content , but dont fall for these get rich quick things ,you will waste so much time and end up earning ZERO.


Dec 28

Opera mini it seems is everyone’s favourite , why shouldnt it be , the way it renders huge pages into a few kbs is ultracool. So many people had asked me how to scrap in Opera Mini on Orkut , the answer is simple (If you want to see how to login using Opera Mini onto Orkut , see our previous post
1. Just type what all you need to type in the field

2. Then type this javascript: submitForm(document.getElementById(‘b2′),’submit’);

Remove the space between : and s in the above command.

Similarly to know more such tricks , just see the javascript of the action you want to perform on Orkut and then you can use the same javascript URL on your mobile phone browser. This has to be done as Opera mini doesnt support javascript fully till now. Another good news for all you Opera mini fans is that Opera Mini 3 Beta has been released, keep looking at this column for a review !