Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Whats New on New Orkut

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Easy navigation to other Google properties

Visiting orkut but need to check your Gmail, or look up an address on Google Maps? Now its easy to stay logged in and visit any Google product by clicking on the small header at the top of any page.

State your status!

"Ready for the weekend!!!" "Going to the game :)" "Touched down in New York ;)" - Tell your friends what you're up to by changing the status on your homepage. Your status is always visible to friends on your profile page, and gets posted to friends' updates immediately. With the new orkut, your pals can also comment on your status in the 'friends updates' section. Check and change your status whenever you want, and keep everyone in the loop.

Pick your favorite colors

We've made orkut even more colorful by letting you customize your profile and homepage with your choice of 5 colors. Just pick a new color, and when your friends visit your profile, your page will have a whole new hue.

It's all 'about me' with more customization

If you want to do more than just write about yourself, now you can add a YouTube video, a photo or even embed apps in the 'about me' section. Go to your profile and click on 'about me' to add, edit, and make it truly your own.

Find and invite friends - fast!

Finding friends is one of the most important activities on orkut! That's why we've made our "find friends" feature smarter and easier to use. When orkut finds someone you may know, you'll see a suggestion to connect right on your homepage.

And if there's a close friend who's not on orkut yet, we'll help you get them on orkut fast, too. Just select "add as friend" (or "invite" for non-orkut users) and send a quick message to invite them to join you on orkut. Once they accept your invitation, they'll be added to your friends list so you can start sharing your world through orkut.

Cool new friends' updates on your homepage

Tired of just reading updates from friends? Now with inline comments for status messages, photos and videos, plus easy to use inline video play, your friends' updates make it easy to interact with your friends, not just read their static postings

Start typing anywhere you see a comment box, then click "post" and your comment will be added to your friend's latest update. Any photo comment you leave in updates will also show up on the actual photo page

Want to watch a video right away? Great! Just click on the video and it will expand and play directly in the updates section. Love the video so much you want to add it to your favorites? Select the option to add to your favorites and it will show up in your own 'videos' section.

More dynamic friends list

Want to find a friend quickly? Your 'my friends' section now lets you scroll through all of your friends directly from homepage. Or just start typing a friend's name in the friends search box, and you'll see only those friends with names that match what you typed. Also, if you have your friends organized in different groups, you can use the pull-down menu next to 'my friends' to filter for different groups of friends.

Latest activity updates on friends profiles

Updated streams on your friends profile pages tell you what they've been doing lately - including photo and video uploads, apps activities, new friends added and more. It's the next best thing to being there in person!

Promote stuff through your friends

'Orkut Promote' is a cool new feature that lets you create online flyers you can share with your friends. Want to sell your old skateboard? Spreading the word about a new video? Just create a promotion and have your friends to forward your items onto their friends. Promote encourages content sharing from friend to friend, and group to group. You can even track how many people have seen your promotions by visiting the metrics tab.