Google has shut down its 10-year old social networking website ORKUT on September 30th, 2014. That means, from the very first hour of October 1st, 2014 Orkut users will not be able to access their account via their username and password. However, users can save their profiles, scraps, testimonials and community posts via Google Takeout service till September 2016 i.e. an additional 2-year period extension.
In June this year, Google announced that it will shut down Orkut on September 30th, 2014, which will mark its 10-year old run as a social networking website. It has to be notified here that Google’s ORKUT was the first of its kind social networking platform which hit on a large scale. It was a major hit in countries like India and Brazil in its initial 5-year old launch.
But when Facebook and Twitter started to show their presence felt with many new features, Orkut was left way behind in popularity segment. It’s esteem started to diminish and after citing this sinking phenomenon, Google eventually launched new social networking initiatives like Buzz and Plus in order to grab the social media market from companies like Facebook and Twitter. But this initiative also failed to attract the social media users. In the year 2012, Google launched its Google+ which is in lines of its Buzz and Plus in clubbed format sense.
But that too hasn’t reached the expectations of Google which is definitely a different story.
Now, coming back to retirement of Orkut, the engineering director of the said platform Orkut Paulo Golger apologized for scraping the services. He added that it’s been great 10 years, and we apologize to those still actively using the service. Paulo hoped that Orkut users who are still active on the platform will find other online communities to spark more conversations and build even more connections for the next decade and beyond.
Hope, they do Mr. Golger!
Google has come up with another innovative thought in order to please students. It is going to offer unlimited cloud storage for students whose school uses Google Apps for Education. The internet juggernaut has officially announced that it is going to offer unlimited Cloud Storage to all those students who utilize its IP Storage platform, provided the data storage limit is within 5TB.
The actual aim of Google with this offering is to replace paper-laden book bags with the cloud.
Google has not yet revealed the exact date of launch of its “Drive for Education”. But said that it will be available by the end of this year and will be free of charge for all non-profit educational institutions. The company is initially planning for a slow rollout and will take few weeks before it reaches all users.
Adding more to its services, Google is also planning to bring free access to Google Apps Vault, where businesses could store archived emails and chats.
Coming backup to Google Apps for Education users, till date, the world renowned web services provider only offered 30GB free space to student accounts. But from this year end, the storage capacity will be increased to 5TB and this will stay intact till the student completes their high school education.
More details are awaited!
Facebook has openly confessed at a summit in New York that it is going to restart its work on jet sized drones from 2015. All these days the work on these drones was put on hold due to privacy concerns. But now, Facebook plans to start testing its internet-carrying solar powered drones in 2015 with an aim of getting two-thirds of the global population online. Ultimately, Facebook is in plans to expand its business in lines of Google.
Mark Zuckerberg is in plans to offer online services to the whole world in future. In order to turn this into a reality, first of all every part of the world should have internet access. So, facebook wants to bring every part of the world online, by first offering internet services to every corner of earth which also includes remote regions. If the populace gets connected to internet, then they will automatically seek web services. This is where Facebook wants to grow its service offerings in order to lock the customers to its platform.
For this reason, Facebook is in plans to re-start the testing of solar powered jet sized drones which will offer internet services by flying at 65,000 feet. If these drones succeed in connecting every part of the world, then Facebook will then take just 3-4 years to expand its business objective to other streams.
According to a report published by Daily Mail, Facebook’s engineering director has announced at the New York Summit that the vehicles will be closer in size to jumbo jets and will hover above 19,800 metres. These solar powered drones will then serve as internet access points to millions who live in remote areas and struggle to find a reliable internet accessing source.
These internet beaming planes/drones will be roughly in size of a Boeing 747 and will weigh around 600,000lbs or 272,155 kgs. Initially, these drones will only fly on those areas where internet connectivity is a problem. That means, they will fly in those areas where they are no structural cables or infrastructure to carry internet or telephone signals.
Facebook connectivity lab in collaboration with Internet.org project is funding this whole research and at the start of this year, companies like Qualcomm, Samsung, Microsoft’s Nokia, Cisco have joined it.
In this year, Facebook Connectivity Lab will specifically work on policies, advising technology and developing teams and will work on regulations that are in place. After lining these out, they will restart the building and testing of drones.
Early this year, Facebook revealed that its solar powered drones used for offering internet access will be operated by servers working in USA. However, the company hasn’t revealed whether it is going to allot dedicated data centers for this project, or will use its current data center infrastructure spread worldwide. The service will be offered as per the guidelines and policies outlined by US NSA.
If all goes accordingly, then Facebook’s drone based internet connectivity will surely bring a revolution to the world of Communication and Information Technology. The other fact to be notified over here is that Google has taken up a similar project and is in plans to unveil it by early 2016.