Last Updated: October 12, 2015 1

Orkut: What Is It and How Can I Use It?

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Well, Orkut is basically a social networking site. It is affiliated with Google so you will need to have a Google account if you want to get started. Nearly everyone has a Google account. If you have a Gmail address then you have a Google account. If you have a YouTube account you have a Google account. What makes Orkut different from other social networking sites is the fact that this site strives to be safe for users and thus had very strict rules about what can and can’t be posted.

Signing up for a Google account

The first step to using Orkut is to sign up for a Google account.

  • Go to https://accounts.google.com/NewAccount. If you are unable to click on the link to access the website, simply copy and paste it into your URL and press Enter.
  • Enter your current email address. Your email address is needed so that the verification email can be sent to you and so that you will be able to access your account if you ever forget your password.
  • Create and confirm a password. Remember that the password you choose should be something that is easy for you to remember. At the same time it should also be something that other people will not easily be able to guess. Think about this carefully.
  • Type in your location and birth date.
  • You will then have to prove that you are human by completing the security verification section. This simply involves typing in the words that are shown to you on the screen. If you cannot see them you will have the option of generating new word and trying again.
  • Click on the button to confirm your account registration. Remember that by doing this you are agreeing to the terms and conditions of the site. It is suggested that you actually read these terms first before agreeing to them.
  • Once you have done this you will receive an email notification at the email address that you specified during the sign up process. Click on this link. If you are unable to click on the link simply copy and paste it into the URL.

Signing up with Orkut

Once you have a Google account you should then sign up for Orkut.

  • The first step is to go to www.orkut.com. If your Google account is open you will automatically be prompted to create an Orkut account for that Google account. If this is what you want to do, click next.
  • If you are not signed into your Google account when you open the Orkut homepage you will be prompted to type in your username (i.e. email address) and password associated with your Google account.
  • Click on the “I accept the terms of service” option. Remember that by doing this you are agreeing to the terms and conditions of the site. It is suggested that you actually read these terms first before agreeing to them.
  • Fill out your profile with all of your personal information. Don’t forget to include a photo to make your profile more interesting.
  • You can also edit your profile anytime that you want to make changes to your information.

Finding people on Orkut

There are a few easy steps to follow if you want to find people on Orkut.

  • The first step is to go to www.orkut.com. If you are unable to click on the link to access the website, simply copy and paste it into your URL and press Enter.
  • Sign in using your Google email and password. This will immediately sign you in to your Orkut account.
  • In the upper right hand corner of your Orkut account is an “Add Friends” tab. Click on this to open a window with which you will be able to search for friends on Orkut.
  • Click on the “User” tab and type in the name of the person that you are hoping to find on Orkut.
  • Often there will be more than one person with the name that you have typed in. Scroll down the list of options until you find the one that you are looking for. You can use the photos, locations and states of the users to help you find the one that you are looking for.
  • If you think you have found the person you were looking for, click on their username. This will take you their profile which you can read to double check that you have the right person. Click on “Add as a Friend” (which you should find on the left side of your screen) if you have the right person and they will be sent a notification asking whether or not they want to confirm that they are your friend.

Using Orkut to find email addresses

You can also use Orkut to find the email addresses of your friends and get into contact with them.

  • The first step is to go to www.orkut.com. If you are unable to click on the link to access the website, simply copy and paste it into your URL and press Enter.
  • Sign in using your Google email and password. This will immediately sign you in to your Orkut account.
  • Type in the name of the person whose email address you are looking for. Hot “Enter”.
  • Once you have the person, click on their name and go to their profile. Click on the “more info” link.
  • Once you have clicked on this you will have the option to click on the “Social” tab. Once you have done this you will be able to see things like the person’s email address.

Using Orkut is incredibly easy and it is a great way to stay in contact with your friends. It is free, so there is no reason why you shouldn’t sign up right away. If you already have a Google account the whole process will be so much easier for you than it already is. Don’t waste time, but rather sign up for your Orkut account today.