Orkut Buyukkokten has posted a message on Orkut.com which says:
"Thank you for making orkut such a loving community. I'm so blessed to share this world with you. As a token of gratitude, I am making a new social network just for you. I'm not so good at goodbyes, so I'm calling it hello. hello is the next generation of orkut.
What is hello?
hello is the first social network built on loves, not likes. I designed hello to help you connect with people who share your passions. hello connects us all. Think about it: you can say "hello" in any language and people will understand. "Hello" is probably the most widely spoken word in the world after "Okay." Aló, halo, ʾāllo, alô, hallo, alló, hello. Fear and hatred have no place when you make such a simple and friendly gesture to someone else. So come join me, and make some new friends. Say hello, and love your world." Click here to read full message.
Yes, Orkut is the new hello! Hello Network, Inc. is founded by well-known social pioneer Orkut Buyukkokten (creator of orkut.com) and a small group of ex-Google engineers.
hello is the first social network built on loves, not likes. hello makes it easy for you to connect with people who share your passions. I want hello to be a community where everyone feels welcomed and included and no one feels judged. I want you to make new friends on hello who you genuinely care about in the real world. On hello, I want you to just be you! On hello, I want you to always love yourself. When we express our authentic selves, our genuine passions, interests and feelings, we begin to head down the road to self-love, which is the most important thing you can have in this world...says Orkut.
- personas: A persona is a community focused on a particular passion. Choose 5 out of 100+ personas you most identify with.
- folio: Your folio is a personalized feed of content relevant to your chosen personas.
- potentials: Potentials are people we'd like to introduce you to, based on your personas, location and personality.
- connections: Create more meaningful connections with our direct messaging feature, including photos, gifts and unique expressions.
- leaderboards: The more interactions your contributions generate, the more likely you will become a persona leader.
- milestones & rewards: Reach milestones, unlock rewards, and add layers of fun to your social connections as you venture through hello.
hello is available in USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, France & Brazil as an iOS & Android app but not available in India yet. Curious to explore? You can signup for an invite & the makers will inform you as soon as the app launches in your country.
There are so many social networks out there & only time will decide the fate of hello. Will this be a unique experience? What do you think?