The website was named after its creator, Google employee Orkut Büyükkökten.
Orkut was one of the most visited websites in India and Brazil in 2008.
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In 2008 Google announced that Orkut would be fully managed and operated in Brazil, by Google Brazil, in the city of Belo Horizonte.
This was decided due to the large Brazilian user base and growth of legal issues.
Its photo-sharing app Instagram allows largely anonymous users to share photos and have conversations.
Orkut was a social networking website owned and operated by Google.