Ironically after adding a few cosmetic touches to the weblog, Orkut goes down for surgery.
Perhaps they are redesigning Orkut. Perhaps they are adding user suggestions to the site. Perhaps we will just have to wait until it comes back up. ;)
More details tomorrow.
Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Ironically after adding a few cosmetic touches to the weblog, Orkut goes down for surgery.
So if you see weird things fly by, don't freak out. ;)
Update: Testing, and weird stuff complete. Not much of an overhaul, (as the scrolling coding appears to be incompatible with Firefox 1.5).
But I am happy that the layout reflects the Orkut forums more. :)
Friday, January 27, 2006
...and that somebody happens to be Vladimir!
Today Vladimir turns 21! Vladimir is from Russia and speaks several languages ranging from English to German to Russian (of course).
Vladimir joined Orkut for all of the right reasons (or actually all of them as their are only four) and if you know this guy or have a heart, post on his scrapbook and wish him a happy birthday!
Update: Didn't want to spoil the surprise, so I edited the title name. Although the photo should give it away. ;)
Thursday, January 26, 2006
I've stumbled across two dating sites while inside Orkut. There are more, but most of them are "pretty dark" and would not be appropriate for some people. Anyways, here are two that some people might consider visiting.
(Dating Point) Dating Point for the couples and those who are looking and want to share their feelings and find friends/partners/dates -online.
Dating Point has two simple rules. No spamming and no porn (violators will
The second forum, although similar, is focused more on a certain group of individuals.
(Christian Singles) A gathering place for Christian singles who are looking for fellowship or wanting advice in the arena of relationships and dating.
Feel free to ask for advice, share experiences, or ask for prayer...We're here to help!
Started by Craig this forum has grown well over 1200 members. Craig seems to have opened the place up to married people as well. Let me rephrase that--for married people to give advice as well (as Craig may not like the idea of married people pursuing dates within his forum). Heh.
- Danyal: Mine is Lonliness.....
- Bruce: spiders
- Divya: i feel i'll go mad one day..thts my greatest fear..
- Rotten: That I'll get Alzimer's Disease!
- Gabriela: Well my greatest fear is death.
- Not only my death, but specially of someone who I love...
- Ali (on page two): fear of the fear
- Sundus: INSANITY...
- Hassan: heights dont know why have this superstition that will die in accident hehe yeah i am crazy
The last one I think I can relate to a little bit, as I have a slight fear of heights yet I enjoy flying in airplanes, standing on roofs and climbing trees (when I was younger and had the time).
Some did not list any fears, although I think they are lying (unless of course the are apart of this group).
Although not a popular topic, their actually is a forum dedicated towards discussing personal fears, and they even have a funny (or is it scary?) community image to match the forums theme.
Although I posted question on several communities, the "I'm on fire for Jesus" forum received the greatest response. Earlier, I asked community what made Jesus real to them, and here is what they had to say:
(Mauricio) Jesus started to be real to me with my conversion (new birth) experience. I was able to notice great changes occuring inside me. [...] But I begun to see changes around me. My brothers and sisters, some of them drug addicts, experienced the new birth (conversion) just like me. Their lives changed completely.
(Gessyka) Because I can feel this Great love Burning in my heart. Nothing compares to his Great love.
(Blesson) Believe me once you commit yourself in knowing Him and yearning for Him, trust me, He takes control over your situation and everything. That means total help from a dependable supernatural being. What else can we as sinners can ask for.
Just like every other faith, Christianity has its rules, but from what I've read throughout this forum the religion is based mostly on ones relationship with a man called Jesus Christ. Within the forum, Mauricio points to something about this controversial man:
No human being could say what Jesus said, no human being could do what Jesus did. Therefore, either Jesus is a liar or he is what he claimed to be: God the Son.
This belief may explain why Jesus is such a hot topic inside Orkut, even more than President Bush. Philosophy and religious beliefs seem to play a strong role within the forums of Orkut, and one only has to surf the communities to figure out why.
Almost a month ago I asked communities of various faiths what their beliefs mean to them. Unfortunately I've only had two groups respond, Shia Muslims and Christians (which probably means I need to ask better questions).
I asked in the Shia Muslims forum what being Shia meant to them. Here is what some of them had to say:
(Tabish) Being a Shiah means to be a true and good muslim and NOT to be turn away from the righteous path of Islam and to reject the fabrications attached with the name of Islam after the demise of Prophet Muhammad [...] And to hate and condemn the wrong and wrong doers.
(Abbas) Shiasm is not about disagreement on historical events, its about belief in the complete teachings of Muhammad (saw) and his Ahl-e-bayt (as).
(Syed Ali on page two) Shia, as you know, literally means "follower." [...] The Shia Imamiyya group believes in the Ever-Existing Almighty Allah. He is One, in the sense of the absolute oneness of His essential existence. He is One, with none comparable to Him.
Islam has several similarities to the Christian and Jewish faiths, such as the oneness of God, belief in a literal heaven and hell, and that God uses prophets to communicate towards humanity.
But just like the other faiths, it also has its "sects" or denominations. Although in many places Sunni and Shia live together without incident, many people may hear of clashes or arguments between the two groups. Tabish gives an explanation as to why this is:
[B]asic differences arise between Shias and Sunnis because Sunnis believe in some prophetic sayings which are considered fabricated and concocted by the Shias, and Sunnis do not believe [...] those sayings [because they] condradict with those which are loved by the Sunnis.
[...] some respected and beloved personalities of sunnis are considered among some of the worst wrong doers and chief corruptors of Islam by the Shias.
Although I was unable to secure a spot for the Sunni's I'll try to reach them for a comment lest they spam my scrapbook in retaliation with angry words (hey, it happens).
It is interesting to explore the many faiths of Orkut, and hopefully understanding the mutual faiths will produce dialogue and useful discussion instead of the violence that often fills our world.
This forum could be quite useful, especially if you are receiving the infamous "donut error."
(Description) until orkut has its own official bugbase, report bugs you encounter here. this includes both bugs you have discovered yourself and bugs you see reported elsewhere. please test other reports out before reporting them.
The community has well over 800 members and seems to be pretty active. Unfortunately I can not view what they are saying as the system keeps erroring out during rush hour (which may be around 12am and 12pm).
I normally listen to what the other person has to say..Reacting in a defensive way to the comments can stir more problems [...] I think how u speak, i mean your tone etc makes a big difference.. (sic)
Zohaib goes one step further by adding:
Many people give a wrong direction to conflict when carried by their emotions they start attacking the person rrather than the idea itself. [...]
So please try to listen care fully what the other person is saying interpret it correctly and counter the idea rather then person.
Although their advice applies strictly to work, Orkut can be a place of "wrath and glory," especially in the faith/philosophy forums. If more people followed this advice, many communities would be a more enjoyable place to hang out in.
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
(Hat Tip: TeTrAgRaMmAtOn. on Orkut Design)
If so, it may come in green, with a little bit of red too (see images links below).
If this is true, it will make Orkut look more professional, although I will miss the baby blue color that I've grown use to.
For full length images check out the photos below (and please upload them to your own servers or Photobucket.com if you are blogging about this as this to save TeTrAgRaMmAtOn. bandwidth).
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
These ladies think so! In an age where short hair is the norm (that being shoulder length or less), these girls think having Rapunzel-like hair is a sign of beauty.
Although some are having doubts and are thinking about cutting their hair:
(Rafia) i used to have very long hair but it was difficult to manage them and i wanted a change so i got my hair cut in feathers but that wrecked my hair completely [...] so now ive grown my hair long again and its straight and equal this time but the prob is that i cant make many hair styles with my hair cause of its long length
either i can open them or make a pony tail and this gets very monotonous
so wat do u guys suggest should i get my hair cut again or not (sic)
Two guys say no, as well as several girls although Rafia's follow-up post is no where to be seen (did she cut her hair?).
Meanwhile, in another post Sweet Little announces that she enjoys her new hair cut and is leaving the forum.
Perhaps she should join this group.
Tourism to Israel increased 26 percent in 2005.
If they allowed Palestine to exist, make Jerusalem, the holy place for both, protected by International laws, can you imagine the increase of revenue caused by tourism??? [...]
"Every 1 million tourists bring about $1.5 billion to Israel and support almost 40,000 jobs, tourism officials say." (Haaretz)
Sergio's post actually stirs up quite a discussion which is probably the best that this forum has had in a long time (arguments are popular here).
NEW HIMALAYANS KITTENS AVAILABLE
Ayla x Gemini
3 males and 2 females (cream point
If you are curious as to what these
No, this is weblog is not going to be one of those dead, dying blogs that you may encounter while surfing blogspot.
I've just been busy with life, other blogs (yeah, I own more than one), and background coding on this blog site (email subscriptions seem to be back up and I finally conquered the mysterious "goobly gunk" that was causing soooo many errors).
Well, I have a bunch to post tonight (back logged) so without further ado I shall proceed. :)
Saturday, January 21, 2006
Today Michael turns 48 and seems to be still kicking as one will notice by his passions listed on his profile (tennis, sailing, raquetball, etc.).
Michael's choice of books is also interesting, as it appears he is an avid reader of Popular Science magazine, and also enjoys Saturday Night Live as well (I wonder if he has seen this video?).
Anyways, happy birthday Michael, and I hope to see you turn 49! ;)
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
The rich mythologies come from memories of a scientifically advanced Extra-terrestrial civilization who lived with Humans for a while, as they were mistaken for Gods by our ancient ancestors.
They left traces like this in many ancient civilizations around the earth, mythologies like :Greek , Shinto, Celt, Scandinavian, Mayas, Incas, Sumerian, etc... and old monuments too they built such as the Macchu Picchu, Stonehenge, Maya temples, Great Pyramid, etc...and ancient religious scriptures
Catherina posts a link towards the Mythology forum and has this to say:
there is so many evidence why for example egyptian piramids are not made by ET and his friends. There are a few ways known how a piramid could have been constructed.
Also; there are examples known of failed piramids. well, i guess that's human. (sic)
Interesting philosophy that Andre has. I am in the process of posting about faith within the Orkut communities as well as various philosophies. Although I wonder, would Andre's views be classified as a faith?
(Description) Why are Brazilians are so over-represented on orkut? Almost all new communities being created are in Portuguese, and existing communities are being inundated with Portuguese messages.
Is this decreasing orkut's usability?
Not too surprisingly, Rodrigo (a member) claims to know the reason why there are so many Brazilians on Orkut. His answer wasn't received very well.
Today is the day that Srihari turns 21 years old. Srihari is from India and here is a description below:
(About Me) Puzzles and Calvin have always been the most entertaining things on earth for me..and then of course whats better than sitting with your friends over a cup of Irish Coffee and talk about how much lazier we can get.. This is my world..everything else is secondary.. Live life to the fullest.. this is me and i would leave it at that.
Srihari loves coffee, so if anyone out there nearby can send him a free pot, I am sure he would be most grateful. Although if you can not afford to do that, you could always wish him happy birthday in his scrap book.
Update: Adjusted photo to the right side. ;)
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
It looks like we have some new faces inside Orkut! And best of all they have managed to get inside for free (down with the Ebay offers!). This post may be long (okay, it is really long) but if you finish reading it, you'll amaze even me.
Our first featured person is Christian from Shanghai who seems to be pretty fluent in German. Christian may want to check out the Germans in Orkut forum as well as the China Business Network.
Next comes Japie from the Netherlands who doesn't seem too active within Orkut. Japie does seem to have a sarcastic sense of humor though, and lo and behold their are communities just for that.
Jo from Belgium seems to be a little bit more active, as she has joined the Italy forum which unfortunately for me speaks, well Italion. There is also an "Orkut Italy" group, and if she really loves the culture, a simple Orkut search will reveal many more forums regarding her favorite nation.
Simon from China and on his "about me" profile he mentioned something about being one month without internet. (note: oh nooo!!!) Perhaps the Internet Lovers forum can help him stay hooked on the information super highway.
John from the golden state (i.e. California) has apparently joined the Canada Jobs forum. Business Networking seems to be his main item inside Orkut, although if he is looking for something within his state the California forum may be up his alley.
Luk hasn't made any friends within Orkut, although he has joined several Italian forums, and he may be interested in joining some more.
Eric joined Orkut many days ago and hasn't listed anything about himself (in detail that is). I wonder if he enjoys art?
Steve has not written much either although he may enjoy this forum.
Jan from Switzerland is here for business networking. What better way could Jan network, than in his own country?
Muhammad from South Africa has me listed as his only friend, although he has joined several interesting communities, ranging from Underground Hip Hop to Jurassic 5 (did I mention Rage Against the Machine?). If Hip Hop is Muhammad's thing, he may also be interested in this forum.
Brian from India loves to go hiking outdoors and like me is a dog lover. The Backpacking and Hiking forum may be the place for him, and may enjoy this Dog Loving forum. (note: avoid the word game)
The man simply known as "J" (from Canada) enjoys sports and these three communities may be of interest to him.
Eddy who lives somewhere on planet earth has listed nothing on his profile although he does speak French. C'est la vie?
Daniel from the golden state enjoys latin music and a show which most of my friends love, Alias (I am mocked because I prefer LOST). Referring back to music preferences, I wonder if he has heard of Batanga before?
Elie (from France) is a web designer. These two communities may be of interest to Elie.
The Ox (from Illinois) seems to be a huge martial arts fan (he should check out these three forums) and loves to cook Chinese food. He may want to swap recipe's here and here.
Mukul from India enjoys some interesting movies such as Lord of the Rings, The Matrix and Spiderman. Unfortunately I do not share his passion for the Titanic, although he seems to be big into reading, so this forum may be his thing.
GAP Argentina is from, well Argentina and is in Orkut mainly for business networking in. He has not joined any communities as of this post, but may consider networking within his countries forum.
Last but not least Gary (from South Africa) has recently joined Orkut (today in fact). He hasn't had a chance to join any communities yet, although if he does a community search he may find one that is interesting. ;)
Wow, that was a long post...maybe too long. A lesson in procrastination, although it was a holiday weekend a while ago. I think I should divide these up into five next time, as this post took forever. Hmm...
Friday, January 13, 2006
Never thought I would see this but it seems I am discovering the Middle East is just as diverse culturally as the west. Here is some brief info about the Pakistani Fashion World forum:
(Description) Whats the latest Fashion ?!? Where Pakistan is goin ?!? Do you think u're up to date in fashion ?!? Be a part of the latest Fashion, know about the latest outlets in Pakistan. Let us and everyone know about new places and ideas of Fashion. (sic)
Not sure if I'll join it, but it does present an interesting image about Pakistan.
Update: Heh! Model or not.
(Description) For long I have been looking for community where the amateur and professional Indian writers can share information and learn from each other.
Anyone who is interested in writing, or dreams that some day you will be able to write can also join. You would not have written before, but who knows this might be the beginning...
Sounds pretty interesting. And it appears that several are already collaborating on a small story.
SuMeeT posts in the Community Owners forum that his M SeNsItIvE community is up for sale--sortof. He is willing to exchange it for another forum (as well as nine others).
Here is a brief description of the one he mentioned:
iF u ThiNK uR SeNsItIvE .... dEn Ur weLcUm To jOIn ThIs CoMmUNiTy !!!!!!!!
Told you it was brief.
I think I will put my Open Office forum on the table, (as I haven't done anything with it) although I'll have to see what other forums he is offering for sale.
Weblogs are becoming a big part of our internet world, but I still don't trust them at all for references.
There is no standard of journalistic honesty of credibility with blogs, much like early newspapers in the first days of the newspaper industry.
Blogs usually carry rumor and slander, and at best, a link to the actual story. At worst, plain lies.
Brent also suggests removing Wikipedia as a source. Joseph objects too Brent's claims while Тупарл sees Wikipedia as a valuable resource but not blogs. James reminds everyone of the CBS scandal by Dan Rather and the discussion gets more interesting on page two.
Although this topic might bore some to death, I find it thrilling that more and more people are using Orkut for business networking as opposed to dating as (of this post) it is the second most popular reason people join Orkut in the first place (friendship is first).
The name of the community is Pakistani Business Forum and here is a description below:
All indiviuals engaged in doing business from to Pakistan. Regardless be it as a manufacturer/exporter/importers/industrialists/small or large business concerns owners may join. Even those who wish to do business with Pakistani business community from other countries are invited to join.
Discuss possible ventures and projects. Advertise your products etc. But all this business proposals and talk must be within the most sincere and honest and legal ways.
The forum looks like it just has started and I may check back to see how it is doing.
Note: With all of the business networking communities inside Orkut, I wonder if I should start making a separate list of them on the side bar? Hmm...
(Description) This community is for anyone who wants to learn and share ideas on how to reduce conflict and promote better peace within their own lives with others.
All topics related to peace, conflict resolution, negotiation, mediation, relationships, and workplace communication will be discussed here.
You may remember Tristan from the Conflict Management forum as well as from the previous post. Although similar to World Peace and Culture of Peace, it will probably be more useful, as it seems to emphasize techniques instead of theories.
I just mediated a lengthy dispute between city residents, city officials, and the Mexican-American community over tough immigration policies....I say "mediated" but it was more like "policed" because it was getting pretty ugly.
Race has been and will probably continue to be the most difficult types of conflict for me to resolve because it is so difficult to get people to stop attaching labels onto each other. [...]
How would you mediate such a dispute and get them to reach an agreement for mutual respect?
We all (as in Sardar, DeVyne, Saurabh and your author) chipped in our two cents and I think we arrived at the answer. To be fair, I won't post it here, but you can add a comment on whether you agree with our final conclusion.
Update: Added community photo.
hey guys, its quit nice to find a bush support group, i just wanted to see how many of you support bush attacking Iran,
well just for the record Im an Iranian guy in London, i love bush and i support his policies, i think he is one of the greatest politicians of our time and i wish we had a president like him in my country, anyway my point is that i supprot him in attacking Iran, just wanted to see who else supprts this idea, (sic)
Brian is curious why an Iranian would ask such a question, at which Ehsan replies:
iran at the moment is being ruled by what i san describe as a taliban regime, imagin you live in a country that your leader is the pope, imagin some people who come from a village and know nothing about politics or science decide on all aspects of that country,
imagin pope had to decide what you have to wear, what you have to do, how you have to behave, what you should read, what you should listen to, what you have to believe in, how you should think, with what you have to agree, what you have to hate, what religion you should choose, how you should drive, how you should build your house, how you should treat your friends and it is a very long list which consist of almost everything,
and imagin he would take all the ******* oil money from your country to western banks, kill members of your family for what they believe in, torture you for what you said and **** everyone who disagrees with himself, imagin there he believes in no morals and doesnt give a **** **** about human rights, imagin he hangs people for their belief and ston women if they act "un islamic". (censored sic)
More discussion on page two and three.
Thursday, January 12, 2006
In order to make it easier for you to have me publish what is happening in your corner of the Orkut universe, I've created this community as a place where you can submit viewpoints you would like to see on the main site Inside Orkut.
If you are quoting someone, please provide source links and make sure you edit your submissions for grammar (as I will post them "as is" with a 'sic' at the end).
Your stories or posts can be about any topic (within reason) and I will post them onto this weblog. You can send in stories by click on the "Submit Your Stories" link
1) To gather people around the world with Skype to CHAT, Learn a new Language, or do some business!
2) To become the biggest Skype Community in Orkut
Perhaps the best chat program to hit the net (sorry Gtalk) this community has a little over 500 members. I myself am a member of this forum group, although I haven't really used it since discovering the real Skype forum many moons ago.
Although Orkut is owned by Google (and you will find many Google communities on here), the Google Earth forum (boasting 1300 plus members) has somehow managed to spring up, although this may be due to the real Google Earth forum's retaining its Key Hole name.
The largest (and perhaps the most useful) of the "forums without purpose" is the Hospitality Club.
Welcome to the most useful and friendly community on Orkut :-) Our mission: bring people together in the real world!
Post your travel plans in here, if you would like to meet other Orkut folks or stay with them for free. If you are lucky, someone will offer you a place to crash or meet you for a beer or coffee. At the very least you will get some help planning your trip.
This community boasts well over 15,000 members and seems to be the most active out of the three here listed. The real forum is located over at HospitalityClub.org and for some strange reason, people use both of them.
I've been contacted for room and board (and no, I have nothing available so stop contacting me) although this community may be quite useful for the world traveler. As long as you not planning a trip in America that is.
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Canada Jobs is a forum for Canadians who are looking for work, looking for employees or for outsiders migrating to the "Great White North."
(Description) Can't wait to gab about this week's "hush hush" new job opening in your department? Please 1) post a brief job description in the forums; 2) reply to elaborate on details to those curious; 3) hook up your company with interested applicants who have replied to your post or have messaged you.
The longer I surf Orkut the more business networking communities I run across! My theory is that business, not romance will make Orkut into a thriving community (although Lexy and The Reckless Tongue will probably disagree with me).
If you are from Canada (or planning to move there), Loba is seeking Account Managers in Toronto while Sohail is looking for Business Development partners.
And if you are hiring anybody in the IT fields, there are several people looking for employment.
(Note: I would have posted this sooner, but blogger died on me)
Feminism is probably something you would expect to hear from American or European shores, and perhaps a few islands in the pacific. But a community called the Women of Pakistan has sprung up, and it seems as if it is pretty lively in there.
(Description) This community is about the women of Pakistan--the victims as well as the achievers--and those who are trying to live their lives with dignity and courage.
You could be living in any part of the world, but if you feel empathy and affinity to us, come and join us.
Two interesting posts of note have sprung up, with Shariq discussing about men gazing upon women (something the ladies do not seem to be thrilled about) while Imran talks about women being their own enemies. Huh?
(Description) Welcome to the Christian Muslim Dialogue Community. Here we will discuss Islam and Christianity and the topics dealing with Islam and Christianity. I hope this Community to be both a blessing to all in the sharing of our faiths. Debating is welcome as well as dialogue.
Dialogue, in itself, is the solution to the theological and political issues between Christians and Muslims. Dialogue may clarify the real issues and remove some imagined issues. It may enable Christians and Muslims to work together more readily on matters where cooperation is possible.
The Christian Muslim Dialogue was created by Ashfaq and boasts less than 300 members. It is one of those "Orkut within Orkut" communities (which means acceptance is moderated) although you can post on Ashfaq's scrapbook if you desire a ticket inside.
(Note: It looks as if Emad has started a verse game, a great way for members to interact and know each other)
Apparently a new community entitled Laugh at Orkut Losers Here has sprung up whose purpose is to allow members to make fun of other members (how nice).
(Description) Just want to have a good laugh and make fun of some people and their profiles? This community is just for that. Please post orkut profiles that we can all make fun of.
This community was started by Travis and contains almost 3,000 members. One of its members (Flameboy) seems to have found a group of people to make fun of, and the dogpile commences.
I'm talking about AUTHORITY. Do you think the UN is "authorized" by states and individuals as a legitimate political actor of today international relations?
Aleksandr replies with a balanced answer, which Tawfiqur seconds, although Frederico makes a suggestion which may be chilling to some.
Indeed, the UN has not more authority in the world stage today because the major powers can never agree on some basic issues.
In my opinion, only the formation of a robust, military strong UN Army is going to give the UN the authority it needs.
It is urgent that this be done, because it could more reasonably deal with world issues such as Terrorism and ethnic wars.
The discussion is just beginning so enter in to add your "two cents."
Some people have been experiencing the "donut errors," lately, although from what I am seeing this has affected several communities and in some places, only certain posts.
I am sure that the Orkut team is working on the problem, however, one way to check whether Orkut is experiencing problems is to check your Community and friends lists.
If you can see all your Orkut buddies as well as the the forums below then Orkut is running at "All Systems Go" mode (a phrase we used in IT when everything was working). If not, then you may see something like this:
In that case, either the entire community forums are down, or part of them are (and the team is working on it). After all, tens of millions (if not hundreds) probably use the service and instead of panicking, just simply give them time to resolve the problem. And stay beautiful!
Monday, January 09, 2006
One Orkut community seriously taking advantage of the networking people for business would be the F-1 students looking for jobs. Started by Harsh Kumar, this community now boasts over 600 members with job seekers and those offering jobs posting their resumes or qualifications, respectively.
Abacus Software Technologies (under the profile of Abacus) has posted recently in the forum and is looking for job seekers inside Orkut:
We are fast growing Software Consulting and
development Corporation engaged nationally and Internationally in
providing professional IT and IT Enabled Services(ITES). We offer
technology solutions from small data conversion projects to the
development of custom software solutions using the latest technologies.
We have offices in Atlanta,GA, Detroit,MI andSilicon Valley, CA and we
currently have hot requirements in C++, Java and .Net Technologies.
They are willing to cover travel expenses and are offering $60,000-$75,000 starting pay. If anyone is interested, please respond towards their post.
Unrelated Update: This blogger is looking for an extra contributer. See this post for details...
Here are some of Orkut's newest members!
Ole from Denmark enjoys watching sports (not playing them) and just like me enjoys Star Trek. While he is there he may also want to check out the Klingons and the Vulcans. After all, Resistance is futile!
Don and Amy are from Texas (don't mess with Texas!) and Amy it seems is not only an author, but also co-owns a publishing company as well. Amy may enjoy the these book communities, and if she has time, she may want to review some of these blog novels as well. (Hat Tip: Blogger Delights).
Josh via Iowa and is just "your average guy." Josh is currently single and looking, and may want to check out this community as it is for those seriously looking for "the one."
Lenaner from China is a spiritual but not religious person, (probably a wise thing to say while in China) who although did not list many interests, is here for business networking. The China Business Network may be the place for him.
JC from the Philippines enjoys pets only at the Zoo's (you mean no cats and dogs?). The Filipino's seem to be organizing themselves inside Orkut as one can see over here.
George from Iowa loves pets (I do too) and may want to join the Pets and Animals forum, not to mention the Wild Animals community as well.
Danielle from Virginia is a Steelers fan (note: why?). She enjoys watching Remember the Titans (good), any movie with Denzel (good) and unfortunately Napoleon Dynamite, a movie which I can not fathom anybody loving (yet many people do).
Hafid from Italy has not listed many details on his profile, although he does speak four languages (I can barely speak one and a half) and may be of much use within the Languages of the World forum.
Jon from Canada enjoys playing sports, and may want to check out this community of sport lovers, not to mention reconnect with Canadians inside Orkut.
Last but not least, Lucia from Yugoslavia may or may not be new within Orkut, although she recently added me as a friend and seems to have a cool camera on her picture profile. (I wonder if the Digital Video forum is for her?) Cheers!
Two new communities have sprung up, one fun the other weird. The fun one is called Friends Zone whose description is:
This Community is for everyone.
So Feel Free To Join This Community and Have Fun Inside.
They typed their description in "symbolic form" (you'll have to see the community for yourself to understand) which I would have happily left but alas, blogger may not recognize the text (and distort them upon publishing).
The second group is called Ask Dr. Hope whose purpose is to answer questions related towards Cats, "D-Jing," and cooking.
Dr. Hope must be a guru in these subjects, although it seems to be a community started by the ever popular The Dude!! who seems to be everywhere these days (check out his photo album for a couple of laughs and some funny faces).
Note: I was going to introduce new members here, but I don't want to put everyone to sleep. I guess I'll introduce them on the next post. See you there!
Q: Why are blondes like cornflakes ?
A: Because they're simple, easy and they taste good.
The rest of the jokes are not appropriate for publishing (as I try to keep this blog family friendly) although if you are blond and offended, don't shoot messenger, just post your brunette jokes over here.
One great thing about Orkut is that it is filled with many great people who are more than willing to give you a helping hand, even if it is learning another language.
I'm looking for a german native speaker to help me practicing *my* german. In return, I can help teaching brazilian portuguese. If anyone is interested, please leave me a scrap.
Danke sehr. [Gabi]
If anyone else is interested in learning a new language, the Languages of the World forum may be the place for you.
The word game lives on.
Would it be reasonable to believe the US Secret Service in their recent assessment that Iran was on the verge of assembling a nuclear missile. Should be believe them or is this another Iraq like WMD goose chase creating a fait accompli for the US led allies to attack Iran?
Fatma thinks Iran has the right to possess nukes, while Aleksandr thinks no country has the right to possess them, not even for self defense. Bhupendra disagrees, claiming that nuclear weapons prevent war. They do?
Recently there has been lot of reaction coming from USA, japan and other countries which express their sense of uneasiness to the rapid economic and militry growth of China. What is your comment on China's rapid growth?
Ben says no while Bhupendra thinks China is an opportunity. Although Bhupendra also thinks Taiwan is a part of China. I don't think this group would agree.
Friday, January 06, 2006
what makes ur mind free??? is it being free of problems...or havin no horizon for ur thoughts to soar as far as they wanna go (sic)
Milt replied back with some insight by saying:
The only time you can be free of problems is when you are dead, so freedom in your mind is a state of freedom from worrying about problems and the ability to focus on something grander than yourself.
People who spend their lives worrying about problems, most of which they can have no effect upon, is a waste of time. Imagination is the realm of the carefree.
Well spoken. The discussion continues...
A community of tips and tricks related to computers, software cracks & cool likns. And yes we have room for other stuff too so the members don't get bore. (sic)
They seem more into the Yahoo realm than in Google's. Oh well.
This community is for people who love, love songs. Or songs about things that have something to do with love, like rock and roll, heartbreak, loneliness, jealousy and all. Tell us about your favourite love songs, and the things you associate with them, share your lyrics, look for band mates and have a good time.
And if you are not into love songs, don't worry! They even discuss anti-love songs as well.
These forums have just sprouted up inside Orkut and they range from the normal, to the strange to the borderline scary.
Great Lakes Kids, started by Frank Harr is a forum for all those who, well grew up on the Great lakes.
Are you from the Great Lakes? Did you move to the Great Lakes? Do you understand the difference between the Great Lakes and the Crummy Lakes? If so, post here, and we can be Great Lakes Kids, together.
Our next forum seems kinda "exclusive" although I would define it as strange. This community, started by Venugopaal Jakhotiya, is simply called "The Number 5."
Its a community for all those People born on 5 , 14, 23 of any month
you can ask the information for yourself
number 5 people are versatile , restless and mentally very highly strung (sic)
Moving on towards the "borerline scary zone," this group would probably be banned in China, (not to mention other nations) as many people use them for transportation. The group name won't be mentioned here, but I'll let you check them out for yourself.
I like to thank all the beautiful faces out there who have generously donated their time and energy to increase the size of Orkut, instead of selling them on Ebay.
Now that I am off of my soap box, I like to introduce these new Orkut citizens to the rest of the world.
Dick Bolderman from the Netherlands has recently joined Orkut and is into Rock 'n Roll as well as enjoys my favorite television series, LOST.
Dragon ---- (note: picture may offend) from Texas has stumbled into Orkut as well and seems to be obsessed with a game called "Outwar." And yes, there is a community for Outwar lovers here too.
Yahyaberk, from Turkey loves pets, hates books and is into the movie Mr. And Mrs. Smith.
Jose Arnaud from Brazil is into reading, writing and arithmetic. He may want to check out these communities.
Deb Duh Teacher from Chicago may also enjoy the above forums. If Deb is an English teacher she may want to join this group. But if not...sigh.
Last but not least, Funny Smirk has a funny profile image and is from Taiwan. Or is it this Taiwan?
Wednesday, January 04, 2006
Well, Orkut is down for me right now, and the only thing I can access inside Orkut is my Orkut inbox (yes, you get one when you sign up, but I generally have it set to redirect all messages to Gmail.
I could close down for the night, but instead of complaining because the engineers are fixing/making Orkut's servers to the benefit of all, I am going to post ten ways (can I think of ten?) the Orkut Team could make Orkut even better.
And I think I will count backwards to make it more interesting.
10) Enable Communities to have RSS feeds: I know Orkut is constantly concerned with privacy so this could be done via Google Reader, which is connected to a users Google account anyways.
This would make it easier to know when the latest
heckler person has posted a response towards your serious question.
9) User Journals: By this I don't mean that Orkut start a journal within the forums, but rather integrate ones outside of Orkut via RSS.
8) Google Ad Sense: Allow community owners to monetize their own communities using Google Ad Sense. Something similar could be used for user profiles as well, but only at a members discretion.
7) Google Base: Hook up Google base and allow users to store up to a Gig of personal items (such as music) for others to see. You could have the similar rule as Gmail does regarding .exe files, etc. as well as place a limit on the space.
Monetizing this feature may compensate you for storing peoples collectibles.
6) Profile Settings: Allow users to edit the appearance of their profile. Giving them this liberty would make it feel more of a home as some may prefer a "gothic attitude" and others something more serene and scenic.
5) Photo Community: Enable comments on users images. Would make the album a little bit more interesting, don't you think. ;)
4) Orkut Popularity Rank: Allow users to see who is the most popular person using Orkut, and assign a rank next to their profile. Post the top 100 list over on the Media site for all to see (and envy) and exclude Orkut Buyukkokten from the competition because he will win.
3) Business Focus: According to the latest demographics, Business Networking is the second most popular reason people join Orkut.
Friendship is number one, but everyone probably has that as default (as you have to be friends with them in order to do the other three). By attracting more companies inside Orkut, you would make it a valuable tool for the corporate world (and may help some people land some jobs).
2) Google Maps: Show a users location on planet Earth by using either Google Maps or Google Earth. Of course, for the paranoid, allow them to turn this option off, but it would be neat to see where they were located by on a picture.
You could go further by enabling the ability for someone to see their location on Google Earth by clicking a link on their address profile, but have this feature only usable for Google Earth Plus users. ;)
1) Yeah, I'm finally done: The holiday gift thing was a great idea, but you could go further by having the home page dressed up.
Think about it. Instead of those faces on during the Christmas season, you could put Santa, Seinfeld (for Festivus), a Rabbi guy and Mr. Kwanza there (along with the Easter bunny for humor) to celebrate the holidays.
Yeah, so I could only come up with nine good reasons. So sue me. ;)
I never knew there were so many famous faces inside Orkut. Glenn Reynolds, who blogs over at Instapundit.com has a profile on it.
So does Stacey Tabb, who some may recognize as the owner of Sekimori Design, which designs fascinating web layouts for blogs and businesses alike.
The next list of people may come as a shocker, but should not surprise you. Everyone loves Orkut, and there should be no reason why these people should be left out of the fun as well.
It seems that former President Clinton uses Orkut, along with his wife Hillary. The ever lovable George Bush does as well, and even Laura is getting a kick "snorkuting" through the deep blue forums.
Condoleeza Rice is practicing her french on her profile while Kofi Annan is enjoying his presence inside Orkut as well. After all, he has to keep tabs on what is going on in the United Nations forum.
Ariel Sharon has never looked so good inside Orkut, although Mahmoud Abbas (aka Abu Mazen) is no where to be found, which may have to do with the situation happening in Gaza.
Unfortunately Orkut's networking abilities have attracted various undesirables, and profiles of Abu Al-Zarqawi and Osama Bin Laden (what's with the hat?) have popped up recently. Scary.
After his movie success, (or flop, depending on your view) Lord Darth Vader has appeared inside Orkut, and seems to have discarded his Jedi profile for the current Sith one.
Master Yoda along with the surviving Jedi knight Obi-Wan Kenobi are hiding here as well, perhaps intent upon training Luke Skywalker as a Jedi master.
With all of these famous faces active inside Orkut, (or at least apart of it) why wouldn't you want to join? :)
Oh what shall I do! Well, it won't prevent me on welcoming our newest member to the Orkut family, Jakub from Poland!
In the meantime I guess I can always browse Orkut via the profile search (as I've barely touched it since being in here).
Today Francois turns 28! Francois is from South Africa and joined Orkut for friends, activity partners, business networking and dating (uh oh!).
Francois sounds like a cool guy so if you want to connect with him you can start by wishing him a happy birthday in his scrap book.
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
At that point, instead of meeting someone new, Eric found out something about me he hadn't previously known: I make soap. This interested him, and so I've sent him several messages today passing him links and suggestions. After hearing my description of cold process soapmaking, Eric decided that he's more interested in making some melt-and-pour soap with his preferred ingredients. [...]
I don't know that I'll actually try to network with anyone using Orkut, but it's something interesting with which to play.
Although a search for soap communities does not bring forth many great sites, users interested in using Orkut for business networking may want to check out the Entrepreneur Community (and if you are in the far east then the China Business Network forum may be just for you).
(Hat Tip: Surreal Penguin)
I do not know if this video is ancient or current, but it seems that UOL (a Portuguese site) has an orkut commercial making fun of the "donut error" that use to be common when the entire world was logging onto the server.
The video can be downloaded here (I would upload it to Google Video, but they might retaliate by deleting this weblog).
Orkut has become a lot more stable recently which is either due towards the team resolving most of the errors on the site or because Orkut is biased towards Firefox. I'll let you decide.
(Great, now I am sounding like Fox News)
Update (9.22.08): Here is the video, to save people the time "googling for it."