Google closed the social networking site Orkut permanently on 30 September 2014. Google announced the decision to shut down Orkut in June 2014.
Old users of Orkut will be able to take backup of their pictures and posts till September 2016 and users can export their profile data, community posts and photos using Google Takeout. But no one will be able to create new IDs on Orkut account.
Decision of shutting down Orkut was taken as its competitor social networking sites namely Facebook and Twitter were much popular than orkut. Now, Google has moved to a new platform - the Google Plus.
Orkut started in 2004 was named after its creator, Orkut Buyukkokten, a Google employee.
Orkut had some features similar to the facebook like sharing videos, like option, uploading the pictures and others. Some options were different from facebook like who visited the user profile will be known in Orkut whereas it is not available in Facebook.