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Facebook seems to have a new competitor as Orkut is back in a brand new avatar

Hello
Hello

At least a decade ago, probably for the first time ever, people were introduced to a social networking platform named Orkut. It sure appeared like a major breakthrough on the internet where people could share and connect with each other. But well, when Facebook entered the industry, it stole all the limelight from Orkut by becoming basically the biggest social networking platform which eventually led to the shut down of the very first social networking platform ever.

The Hello network app is now available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Orkut was owned and operated by Google and was named after its creator, Orkut Buyukkokten.




Hello brings people together around their interests to create positive, meaningful, authentic connections and sustained social engagement.

As people vouch to delete Facebook in the wake of a massive data breach scandal, Orkut Buyukkokten – a former Google employee who founded the trendsetter social networking website Orkut.com more than a decade ago – on Wednesday launched a new social network Hello in India.

Orkut was basically the biggest trendsetter among the young generation on the internet when it was launched way back in the year of 2004.

Built particularly for the new mobile generation, Hello brings people together around their interests to create positive, meaningful, authentic connections and sustained social engagement, the company said in a statement.

Buyukkokten, now the CEO of San Francisco-based Hello Network Inc. said:

“We designed ‘Hello’ to help you make connections in the real world. It’s a social network built on loves not likes, and I’m delighted to say ‘Hello’ to India once again”

The app was first launched in Brazil with approximately a million downloads till now. The app mainly focused on the users’ hobbies, obsessions and passions, all while letting them choose personas in order to show their interest areas. There are several categories of personas including geek, traveller, photographer, cat-lover, clubber and the list goes on.

The app is available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Orkut was owned and operated by Google and was named after its creator, Orkut Buyukkokten. Google shut down Orkut on September 30, 2014.

The Orkut founder added:

“Today’s online networks force people to treat each other totally differently from how they would behave face-to-face. Technology should help us become more understanding, more optimistic, kinder and better people” 

Test users spent around 320 minutes each month on the app, thus, reflecting the popularity of sports, entertainment, devotion and technology in India.




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