Myspace Brazil – AKA Orkut

The New York Times has an Interesting story on the explosive growth of Google’s Orkut in Brazil.

About 11 million of Orkut’s more than 15 million users are registered as living in Brazil — a remarkable figure given that studies have estimated that only about 12 million Brazilians use the Internet from home.

ut the sheer popularity of Orkut, which people can join by invitation only, has had several unexpected consequences. Almost as soon as Brazilians started taking over Orkut in 2004 — and long before April 2005, when Google made Orkut available in Portuguese — English-speaking users formed virulently anti-Brazilian communities like “Too Many Brazilians on Orkut.”

Personally, I don’t know how you can have too many Brazilians – they’re some of the most fun and best people in the world. And have you seen the women there?!? It’s unreal.

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4 Responses to “Myspace Brazil – AKA Orkut”

  1. I always thought orkut was going to explode.

  2. Sinnfrei says:

    They might be the “most fun and best people in the world” but how do you notice that if you can’t understand what they are saying? 😉

  3. I think this represents a larger trend where one internet site or service has a monopoly solely through a geographical area. For example, with online auctions, no one comes close to beating eBay in the US — but in Japan Yahoo Auctions destroyed eBay.

  4. sebastian says:

    “Brazil had gravitated toward Orkut because of the country’s inherently social culture. Brazilians really want to interact with other people, both old friends and new people”

    all said.