Update (8/15/06): This hack is no longer working. See this post for details.
One thing that Orkut lacks that many social networks have is an online status indicator. Many other social networks (such as MySpace.com) have this feature by default, but Orkut users were left out in the cold--until now.
The Orkut online status indicator (its official name is On-Off 1.0) was developed by Link who designed it to allow users to let their friends know whether they were online or not.
This feature requires both Firefox and Grease Monkey and is listed on the sidebar underneath Orkut User Tools.
Once installed users will notice a Status link between their email address and the Settings link.
After clicking on it, users can then select whether they are online, busy, away or offline.
After selecting their availability, the feature will update their status on their profile page.
Another cool feature about this is that it also updates your profile link throughout Orkut, letting everyone known whether your online or off.
Note: This hack is originally in Portuguese, but if you want to switch it towards your language follow these steps.
- Search for onoff.user.js on your computer (recommend using Microsoft search)
- Once the file is found, open it up inside Microsoft Wordpad
- You should see something that says, Muda seu status de On/Ocupado/Ausente/Offline no orkut. Simply change Ocupado to Busy throughout the entire document (or whatever language you love) as it repeats several times.
- Repeat the step above for each word you want to change (such as Ausente or Offline)
- Save and restart Firefox.
If anyone has any problems changing it over to their language, post here and I'll help you out as time permits.
Update: Added extra step in "translating" Orkut On Off 1.0 . Also added to sidebar underneath Orkut User Tools.
Update 2: For those of you who were confused, here is the GreaseMonkey link to install this hack, which is also listed on the sidebar.