This week Google’s new invitation-only Orkut service exploded, with exponential growth assuring dozens of invitations in my mailbox (and probably yours), from people that you may or may not consider “friends.”
Why? For starters, Orkut is collecting a lot more information than other social-networking services.
Although Orkut does add that they do not rent or share personal information with third parties for marketing purposes without your express permission. (They can share it for non-marketing information.)
Ultimately, I didn’t think that this was a big deal — hey, it’s Google, and they’re the good guys, right?
Personally, I prefer Orkut to Friendster et. all because it is blindingly fast, like most other Google things. Why? Because they have tens of thousands (or more) servers, and they know how to make them all work together.
C|Net ran this article about some temporary problems that the social network site was having.