Related link: http://www.orkut.com
A friend recently invited me to join Orkut. I cannot give you the URL because he did not give it to me, at least not yet. Someone has to invite you to join. Okay, the URL is http://www.orkut.com/, so it is not as secret as The Order of the Skull and Bones, and probably not as nefarious.
The list of people I already know who have joined this service seems to include everyone who has been to an O’Reilly Conference, including Tim O’Reilly, who was specifically mentioned to me.
My first question was “What do I get out of this?”. My second question was “What do you get out of this by inviting me?”. I figure this is another geeky way to try to get the high score by having more friends than other people.
Another acquaintance said “It is like high school, but run by the nerds.”
Or “It is like Match.com for geeks”, which I really thought was what OSDN Personals (a branded Match.com) was. But if this is a networking tool, it cannot be like much like Match.com because the whole point of that site is to meet someone then stop using the service (although some people probably keep meeting people on the sly).
I think it is just another way to spend quality time with your keyboard. If you want to play around with it, you have to find somebody who is already a member to invite you, and that is not me, at least not yet. Resistance may be futile.
Do you belong to Orkut?