(Official Orkut Blog) Today we're announcing our latest improvement to the site: an updated look! Just as you change your profile picture to keep with the times, we're updating the look of orkut. The change isn't live yet, but starting soon, we will start rolling-out the new look. To start, we will roll it out to a small group of users randomly selected, and will continue to do so until everyone is on the new site. We'll tell you a little more each day, so come back to the blog to get a few sneak peeks.
This is really great news, although I am very curious as to whether Google will allow users to alter their background in a variety of colors, or if it will just be simply a new universal look (probably the latter).
Either way, this is a welcome change for Orkut, although I hope they just don't end it there with all of the cosmetic changes, and they seriously consider adding a few extra features, like Google Talk, RSS Feeds (for everything) and even allowing users to make scrapbooks for friends only.
Note: Since Google is rolling this out to a few users at a time, if anyone has any screen shots of the "new orkut," let all of us know by posting a link below.