Orkut Buyukkokten

I kept hearing about Orkut, joined it one day. Found many of my lost contacts, collegues, and friends.

Well, for dummies like me Orkut is a social networking website launched by Google in January, named after Orkut Buyukkokten, a Google engineer who created it. It aims at connectings users to their friends and their friends' friends for talking, dating and business networking. Only people invited by an orkut member can join, create profile, join communities, and check for friends and other people.

I wondered who this Orkut Buyukkokten is.
Browsed www, found his snap. Looks cool isn't it??? Looks pretty young isn't it? Thought will check out more details.
Well, Orkut Buyukkokten was born on 6-Feb-1976, in Konya, Turkey.
Did his high school from Konya Meram Anadolu Lisesi (1986-93), BS Information Engineering from Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey (1993-97). Currently pursuing a PhD in Computer Science at Stanford University in the Database Group.

Thought, if he has created Orkut, he should be there. Found his profile there. Sent a friend request, but didn't get a reply. But Amazing number of scrape entries!! 470449 scraps!!!!

Found some funny information on net about Orkut's earnings, but I am sure if this is not right:
Orkut Buyukkokten(the creator of Orkut) gets $12 when every person registers to this website.
He also gets $10 when you add somebody as a friend.
He gets $8 when your friend's friend adds you as a friend & gets $6 if anybody adds you as a friend in the resulting chain.
He gets $5 when you scrap somebody & $4 when somebody scraps you.
He also gets $200 for each photograph you upload on Orkut.
He gets $2.5 when you add your friend in the crush-list or in the hot-list.
He gets $2 when you become somebody's fan.
He gets $1.5 when somebody else becomes your fan.
He even gets $1 every time you logout of Orkut.
He gets $0.5 every time you just change your profile-photograph.
He also gets $0.5 every time you read your friend's scrap-book & $0.5 every time you view your friend's friend-list.
Many Global Financial Consultants think this person might become the richest-person in the world by the end of 2009.
Finally, this is the best fact. This person has 13 assistants to monitor his scrapbook & 8 assistants to monitor his friends-list. He gets around 20,000 friend-requests a day & about 85,000 scraps a day.

As I continued to search about Orkut Buyukkokten, found that there were some court cases against him.

A small social-networking software company has filed suit against Google, claiming that much of the source code behind orkut.com, the search engine's popular social service, was stolen by a former engineer. In its lawsuit, Affinity Engines, based in Palo Alto, California, said engineer Orkut Buyukkokten illegally took the code that he had written for the company -- which he co-founded -- with him when he joined Google.

Affinity Engines also claimed that Buyukkokten promised Affinity Engines that he wouldn't develop a competing social-network service for Google. Affinity Engines, which filed the claim on May 25 in Santa Clara Superior Court, is seeking unspecified damages and royalties.

His Site: http://www.stanford.edu/~orkut/


jus_another_blogger said...

wht is wrong in someone making money? You can too, come up with some bright idea and be filthy rich.. :)

Maximus said...

hmmm... nothings wrong with people making money...
And as u said one could come up with bright idea and b rich...

But there is one small problem

The "Bright" idea should come at the right time :((

Ne way nice to know all this...


Anonymous said...

Dear Sir

Let me point out that the information in your blog is not the least bit accurate. Here is why:

As on today (18 Nov 2006 IST), there are close to 33 mil. users on Orkut = 330 Mil.$

By conservative estimates, there is an average of 100 scraps per person = (5$ + 4$) x 100 x 33mil. which makes it = 29.7 Bil.$

90% of these profiles have some image or the other as their profile pic, so that accounts to (200$ x 0.9 X 33 mil.) = 5.9 Bil.$

Just by the virtue of that alone, he has a net worth of close to 36 Billion dollars - Which means he should be on the Forbes top 10 list - "I don't see him".

Scrap Orkut and you'll notice that your Scrap will not get deleted. This shows that every scrap sent is stored there. So if he got 85,000 scraps a day, it means he acquires more than 25 mil. scraps each year (while his Profile on Orkut shows numbers around 0.5 mil. - half million). Check out his scrap book since its inception and you'll notice that no scraps have been deleted.

Not to mention, 'Orkut' is a project of google (inspite of it having to have been generated from the 20% time scheme - legally speaking it's till owned by Google), so there is no reason for them to pay Mr.Orkut.

If you've gathered this information from some reliable source online, please do direct me to it. It will only enlighten me of my ignorance (if any). But until then, please don't waste time posting such hoaxes as a blog.

Thank You
Geronimo Man

satya said...

Hey..that was quite an eye opener foe people who just forward catchy and at times stupid mails. it was eloborate enough for the other guy to sit up and read an article carefully before forwarding it..good job buddy


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Anonymous said...

i wanna contact Mr.Orkut.. is ther any way?

Purvi Saraf said...

Hi.. It was really nice to know both the sides of coin.

Anonymous said...


sajda said...

what religion does orkut belong to???plz tell me

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