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New Interface of Orkut : Fast and Sexy !

Orkut, most popular social networking site of India and Brazil was secretly preparing the new design for its homepage. Redesign claims to enrich user experience, faster photo uploads, video chat and the updates timeline similar to facebook.

I think Inclusion of activity and updates timeline on user profile was the real need. Now, you will no more need to browse communities for new events and discussions and you get nearly everything about what your friends are doing in the activity stream so, just comment there itself.

The overall page has been designed neatly with a view to reduce clicks and get the maximum out of Live Feed activity on your Homepage itself. Moving between tabs is now improved giving it a smooth effect unlike older version of orkut. In addition to it, you get a selection of 6 new colors on new design to choose from.

Google decided to use some ideas from services like Twitter, FriendFeed, Facebook and make it easy to post messages and to see the messages posted by your friends.

Features on the New Orkut Interface Look
  1. Better "What are you up to ?" : If you are eating pancakes or watching tv, you can let all your friend know about it.
  2. Fewer pages, faster browsing : Making the homepage a one-stop-shop for nearly everything that you’d like to do.
  3. A clean, simple interface : Reorganized the most important activities on orkut so that they are easy to find and even easier to use.
  4. Greater personalization : Make your orkut profile and homepage truly your own by choosing the color that best fits your style.
  5. Video chat : In case if you are bored with text based chatting, video chat is now possible without any software.
Excited about the new version of the site? Then you’ll also be excited to know that they’re returning to orkut’s roots and granting access to it via invitations.

How to get invitation for new Orkut design?
  1. Join Poppy and Shashi on the official community (www.orkut.co.in/neworkut) for insights into the new version of orkut and participate in one of the many activities that will be taking place there. Be sure to check back often as the owners will be regularly announcing new ways to get access.
  2. Find a friend who’s already using the new version of orkut and ask for an invite. You can see who’s already gotten access via your activity stream or by this icon that will appear on your friends’ profile pages, next to their names.