Orkut for S60 gets an upgrade. Also, Orkut still exists.

I’ll admit it: I have a harder time remembering Orkut exists than I do remembering where I put my keys. Hell, I’ll probably forget about Orkut again as soon as I publish this post. That sa

Google Makes Brazil Center of Latin American Operations

According to the Brazilian news magazine Exame, Google has made Brazil the center of its Latin American operations, placing former country director Alexandre Hohagen at the helm. Google is understood

Modeling The Real Market Value Of Social Networks

Is MySpace worth $3 billion, or $20 billion? It depends on how you value a user. It’s time to start comparing the big global social networks on something other than unique visitors and page view

Facebook Blows Past MySpace In Global Visitors For May

In April, Facebook caught up to MySpace in worldwide unique visitors (actually nudging past it with 116.4 million unique visitors versus 115.7 million for MySpace) . Now the worldwide comScore numbers

Facebook Is Blocking Ads From MySpace, Friendster, Hi5, Orkut . . . and 3Jam?

If you try to buy an ad on Facebook, there are certain words that are taboo. Any ads that contain four-letter words are automatically blocked. So too are ads with the names of competing social network

Hit Pause On The Evil Button: Google Assists In Arrest Of Indian Man

These stories are becoming more common as Internet companies operate under the laws of many counties. In February A Moroccan man was arrested for pretending to be the Moroccan king’s younger brother

Three's Company Or Three's A Crowd? Google To Launch "Friend Connect" On Monday

Don’t they say good things come in threes? Well, regardless, we’ve heard from multiple sources that Google will launch a new product on Monday called “Friend Connect,” which wi

The Global Race Among Social Networks Heats Up. Keep an Eye on Hi5, Friendster, and Imeem

In the global race to be the top social network, MySpace and Facebook are neck and neck. In January, 2008, MySpace was still the biggest social network worldwide with 109 million unique visitors, acco

Sonico: The Biggest Social Networking Site You've Probably Never Heard Of

Spanish language social networking site Sonico is the biggest social networking site you’ve probably never heard of before today. If you haven’t you wouldn’t be alone, it has zero hi

What Does MySpace's Child-Protection Deal Mean for Facebook, Bebo, and Google?

Today’s agreement between MySpace and nearly all the states attorneys general to bulk up protections against sexual predators will no doubt have spillover effects on other social networks as wel

Google Opens OpenSocial Site And Provides Orkut Support

The Google OpenSocial site is now live (here). The video above comes from the Google OpenSocial Campfire held Thursday night and is featured on the front of the new page.The site includes the complete

Checkmate? MySpace, Bebo and SixApart To Join Google OpenSocial (confirmed)

Google may have just come out of nowhere and checkmated Facebook in the social networking power struggle. MySpace and Six Apart will announce that they are joining Google’s OpenSocial initiative

Details Revealed: Google OpenSocial To Launch Thursday

Details emerged today on Google’s broad social networking ambitions, first reported here in late September, with a follow up earlier this week. The new project, called OpenSocial (URL will go li

More Information On Google's Social Networking Plans

Business Week has a long article expanding on the Google Social Nework Platform story we wrote about last month. Key facts from the article: Orkut is 1/4 the size of MySpace (Comscore shows a much clo

Orkut Redesign. Borrrrrring

When I wrote about the upcoming Orkut redesign yesterday I was hoping for something a little more…I don’t know. Inspiring? Instead we get new icons and rounded corners. I’d love to h

Is Orkut A Social Networking Heavyweight? Comscore Says Yes.

The upcoming Orkut redesign prompted us to check out Orkut’s page view numbers according to Comscore. U.S. Comscore data shows, as expected, barely a blip from Orkut (Facebook shown for comparis

Google Teases Us, Promises A New Orkut

We rarely mention Google’s three year old social network Orkut these days. Except to point out down time or flawed Alexa stats that suggest it is bigger than MySpace. But now some real news. Tak

Google's Orkut Down For 13+ Hours

Google’s Orkut social network, which has been having a bit of a renaissance this year, has been down for the last thirteen hours as of 2 am PST. It’s unlikely this is an upgrade given the

Orkut Bigger Than MySpace? Ok, Maybe Not

Google’s Orkut has been steadily rising on the Alexa charts, and for the first time today overtook MySpace in total page views. Since all of the other indicators suggest that MySpace is still si