Orkut new Friends Map feature

6 10 2007

OrkutOkrut seems to be adding a new “Friends Map” feature. Its listen in the help section of Orkut, but not yet implemented. 


Can I see where all of my orkut friends are located?

You can see where all of your orkut friends are located by taking a look at the new “friends map” feature. This feature combines Google Maps and orkut profiles to let you see where all of your friends live around the world. To see the “friends map”, just follow these steps:

1. Click “view all” at the bottom of the “my friends” box.
2. Click the “friends map” tab at the top of the page.

You can click a friend’s profile picture to see their location on the map. Please note that if we do not have map data for a particular region or if your friend chose not to put their location in their orkut profile, you will see a message “(not on map)” below their profile name.

You can also click the “tiny little blue men” to see your friends’ locations. By clicking one of these figures, a bubble will pop open to let you know which friend lives in that location.

How do I use the “friends map” feature?

The friends map on orkut.com is a feature offering powerful, user-friendly mapping technology to see where all of your friends are located around the world. With the friends map, you’ll enjoy the following unique features:

Find your friends – By clicking on any of your friends’ pictures on the right-hand side of the map, you’ll be taken to their locations on the map. You can also click on any of the “little man” icons on the map to see which friend is where. (Note: If we don’t currently have map data available for your friend’s location or if they didn’t include their location in their orkut profile, you’ll see a message “(not on map)” below their name.)

Draggable maps – Click and drag maps to view adjacent sections immediately (no long waits for new areas to download).

Satellite imagery – View a satellite image (or a satellite image with superimposed map data) of your desired location that you can zoom and pan.

Zoom – You can zoom in or out by using the navigation bar in the left-hand side of the map.


Google vs Sicko: PART 2

2 07 2007

Finally an explanation… for this by Google Health Advertising Blog.

1. “Well, I’ve learned a few things since I posted on Friday. For one thing, even though this is a new blog, we have readers! That’s a good thing.” I could bet that almost 99% of the readers arrived at your blog not for any business interest, but to see for themselves whether its true that such a post actually exists.

2. Hey, its not company opinion, its a personal opinion. Well if it was supposed to be a personal blog, then you would naturally put up a disclaimer like this on your blog as put up by a Microsoft employee.

3. Moreover you dont create an official mail id (googlehealthadvertisingblog [at] google [dot] com) to send feedback for post if it was not an official one. You would have used a normal mail id like googlehealthadversitingblog@gmail.com or at the max, your personal mail id like

Google vs Sicko: The stepping over of ‘evil’ line

1 07 2007

Google EvilI had seen the latest documentry “SICKO” from Michael Moore a few days ago. Michael Moore showed something which every American knew. The real motive of American healthcare industry; which is to make profit and not to save life as it should be. Its the way Moore presented the fact with solid samples of common people like you and me that makes the film catchy. It makes every American realise that it could happen to them also.

With the pirated copies of the documentry readily available for download in torrent sites, it had already begun to shake the base of these industries. The health care companies knows that with the movies release it would do the same or more damage that it did to Bush administration with “Farenheit 911”. Lost and wondering what to do to avoid the upcoming storm, imagine who has come to the rescue of the healthcare industries!!! No its not the evil Microsoft as you call it, its the good old Google who is finding another oppurtunity to make profit out of this situation by helping the wrong side. After all who cares, its all about money.

Today morning I found this post on Slashdot which inturn linked to these Google Health Advertisement blog post by Lauren Turner; 

Microsoft and Google: Comparison by an ex-employee

27 06 2007

The following has been making the rounds on just about every internal email list I belong to in Microsoft. Here it is to share a little insight with the rest of the world. Microsoft is an amazingly transparent company. Google is not. Any peek is a good peek. Read the original post here:


Orkut Rumors

7 05 2007

This content has been taken from Inside Orkut. I found the post very interesting and posted it here… 

There are many types of rumors in the world. Some of them are good (potentially at least). Some of them are bad (as in really bad). But there are some rumors that seem to be taken as the truth, despite the fact that they contradict all reasonable explanations.

This post is dedicated towards these Orkut myths, which have (in my opinion) lasted far too long on the world wide web. And since most humans love the number ten (probably because that’s how many fingers we have) here are ten Orkut rumors that really must die (as in today).

Orkut Rumors

  1. Orkut Buyukkokten is the world’s richest man: This rumor comes from the assumption that Orkut gets $12 every time someone registers on Orkut, $10 every time you add a friend, $200 every time you upload a photo and a crisp $1 every time you logout of Orkut. There are more details about this rumor over here.Now with Orkut having at least 40 million users he would have to be paid $480,000,000 from Google just from people logging in. And if you add images to that figure (which would include those uploaded onto forums) he would receive $8 billion if everyone just uploaded only one photo on Orkut!If Google even considered paying Orkut half this amount, Google’s stockholders would revolt (not to mention the entire company would go bankrupt).
  2. Spam your friends and hit F8 (aka the “Crush List” rumor): This one seems to be traveling via Orkut mail, and goes along the lines of “if you send out an email to all of your friends, hit F8 you will see who has a crush on you.” More info over hereSometimes this rumor has some java code attached to it, sometimes it does not, but either way it DOES NOT work.
  3. If you do not send out a scrap, Orkut will delete your account: This rumor has gone down some, but my attempts to inform them to the contrary has gone in vain.Google themselves were quick to repond by putting that this information is fake in the news section of orkut.
  4. Google is (in the future) going to charge users for Orkut: This would not only kill Orkut immediately (as it is one of many social networks online) but would not really be apart of Google’s style, which generally loves giving away free software (and sometimes a premium version as well).Google has debunked this rumor, so hopefully we will not see this rumor again in our lifetime.
  5. Inside Orkut is an official blog of Google: Although this rumor causes me to laugh, I want to make it very clear- Inside Orkut is NOT an official blog of Google, but a personal fan blog started by Darnell Clayton .
  6. Orkut was bought by Google, just like Picasa, Blogger and YouTube: Actually Orkut was created by Orkut, who was (and currently is) a Google employee. Apparently it seems that Google approached Orkut to create a social networking site after being spurned by Friendster (hat tip: Marketing Vox) and although the site never took off in America, Indians and Brazilians have made excellent use of the place.
  7. Orkut isn’t really apart of Google because its not listed on the “More Page”: Google finally added Orkut to “the more page.” See this post for details.
  8. Orkut is Google’s way of spying on its users: I think this rumor was spun from a post by Jeremy from Yahoo!, in which some people refuse to use Orkut which they see as even worse than Gmail.Google does collect information on its users (just like Yahoo!, Microsoft, MySpace, your own local government unless you live in Antarctica) for the purposes of serving up relevant ads alongside your searches or inside your email (and even on Orkut).For those worried about Google revealing your data to say, a hostile government should have nothing to worry about as Google defends the rights of its users, even against American courts.
  9. Terrorist organizations receiving funding from the ads on Orkut: This humorous hoax was started (or at least popularized) by the Search Engine Journal and was picked up by many bloggers as fact.I at first laughed after hearing about this (even Ionut had a good time with this silly story) although others took this as another reason why Google was evil (note: ironically, many of those Google hate sites either use a Google product or host Ad Sense, which IMHO is rather odd).This isn’t true because:

    a) Only Google makes money off of the ads on Orkut, as these ads display whether users like them or not.b) If Google even sent one dollar towards a terrorist organization, all of their assets would be frozen by international governments and the search engine king would quickly go bankrupt.Despite the logic listed above, people continue to list Google as Osama bin Laden’s friend.

  10. Orkut Buyukkokten is running for President in Brazil: No, this isn’t a rumor (as I just made this one). However with Orkut popularity in Brazil, I’m pretty sure he could lick the competition. 😉

For those of you who survived at the end of this post, you have my sympathies. But I am interested, what rumors have you heard recently (or in the past) regarding Orkut? And do you still encounter people who believe these digital tales?