The folks at DigitalPoint Forums discuss the news that Google has opened up Orkut to anyone with a Google Account. That means you no longer need to be invited to use Orkut by someone already in the Orkut community.
I am not sure if you are all aware of the past troubles Google has with Orkut. If not, just read this check list of some of the items I posted on Orkut at SEW blog:
- Aug. 16, 2006 :: Orkut Causing Trouble In Brazil Again
- Jul. 21, 2005 :: Drug Pushers Using Orkut Arrested In Brazil
- May. 25, 2006 :: Google Works With Brazil To Shut Down Orkut Communities
- May. 18, 2006 :: Google Faces Criminal Charges For Child Porn & Racial Material
- May. 3, 2006 :: Google & Brazil Fight Over Orkut User Data Rights
- Mar. 10, 2006 :: Brazil Asks Google To Help Orkut To Stop Organizing Organized Crime
- Mar. 9, 2006 :: Al-Qaeda Likes Orkut
- Aug. 22, 2006 :: Brazil To Close Google Brazil's Offices Over Orkut Issues?
- Sep. 1, 2006 :: Google Has 15 Days To Provide Data To Brazil Or Be Fined $23,000 Per Day
- Sep. 4, 2006 :: Google Says They Will Give Brazil Orkut Data
- Sep. 28, 2006 :: Google Not To Deliver Orkut Data To Brazil Authorities
- Oct. 10, 2006 :: Court Issues Notice To Google For Allegedly Spreading Hate In India Via Orkut
So, opening it up, should make things more interesting to other parts of the globe.
Forum discussion at DigitalPoint Forums.