The real Orkut behind Orkut is friends with Oliver (he’s pictured in the top left on the front page, I believe) who was the Fourth Absent Drawmate of my junior year at Stanford. Yuping, Ian, and I decided to draw together, and Ian asked Oliver to draw with us. But Oliver accidentally put down different housing choices than the rest of us and ended up living on the other side of campus.
(Not that this means I’ve been invited to join Orkut.)
This CNet article states that Orkut “created Orkut.com in the past several months by working on it about one day a week–an amount that Google asks all of its engineers to devote to personal projects.” This probably isn’t false, but Orkut could probably also accurately be thought of as an outgrowth of Orkut’s previous years of work on social networking programs, like Stanford’s InCircle. (These are mentioned at the very end of the article.)
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