By RTT News,
July 01, 2014, 01:24:00 AM EDT
(RTTNews.com) - Google Inc. (GOOG, GOOGL) Monday announced that it will shut down social networking service Orkut on September 30.
In a blog post, the search engine giant noted that starting Monday, it will not be possible to create a new Orkut account. Until September end, there will be no impact on current Orkut users, to give the community time to manage the transition. People can export their profile data, community posts and photos using Google Takeout, which will be available until September 2016.
Orkut, which was started ten years ago, was Google's first foray into social networking, and Orkut communities started conversations, and forged connections, the company noted.
"Over the past decade, YouTube, Blogger and Google+ have taken off, with communities springing up in every corner of the world. Because the growth of these communities has outpaced Orkut's growth, we've decided to bid Orkut farewell (or, tchau)," the company said in its post.
The company noted that Orkut, the service, is going away, but all of those communities will live on. The company is preserving an archive of all public communities, which will be available online starting September 30.
Those who do not want their posts or name to be included in the community archive can remove Orkut permanently from Google account.
"It's been a great 10 years, and we apologize to those still actively using the service. We hope people will find other online communities to spark more conversations and build even more connections for the next decade and beyond," Google added.
Google further said it will now focus its energy and resources on making its other social platforms as amazing as possible.
GOOG stock settled on Monday at $575.28, down $1.96 or 0.34 percent.
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