Orkut was an online social networking website developed by Google. Its purpose was to help users meet new and old friends and maintain friendships along the way. The website is named after its developer, Google employee Orkut Büyükkökten. Although Orkut was less popular in the United States than competitors such as Facebook and MySpace, it was one of the most visited websites in India and Brazil.
On June 30, 2014, Google announced it would be closing Orkut on September 30, 2014. No new accounts could be created starting from July 2014. Users can download their profile archive by Google Takeout.