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Posted February 5th, 2014
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Orkut Büyükkökten (born February 6, 1975) is a Turkishsoftware engineer who developed the social networking services Club Nexus, inCircle and OrkutOriginally from KonyaTurkey, Büyükköktenobtained a B.Sc. degree in Computer Engineering and Information Science from Bilkent University in Ankara. Hereceived both a M.S. and a Ph.D. in Computer Sciencefrom Stanford University. His research at Stanford focused on Web search and efficient PDA usageOrkut has been building and working on online communities since 2000. He introduced his first social network, named Club Nexus at Stanford in the fall of 2001. Club Nexus was the first college-specific social network.


It was a system built to serve the networking and communication needs of the Stanford online community. Students could use Club Nexus to send e-mail and invitations, chat, post events, buy and sell used goods, search for people with similar interests, place personals, display their artwork or post editorial columns. Within a few months of its introduction, Club Nexus attracted over 2,000 undergraduates.


Later, Orkut introduced an alumni social network, named inCircle for the Stanford Alumni Association intended for use by university alumni groups. After joining Google, Orkut decided to use his 20% time to develop a social network. He said: "My dream was to connect all the Internet users so they can relate to each other, it can make such a difference in people's lives." 


Currently, Orkut Büyükkökten is a product manager at Google. He also is a certified masseuse, an avid ballroom dancer and likes to make chocolate fondue.


Orkut is a social networking website that is owned and operated by Google. The service is designed to help users meet new and old friends and maintain existing relationships. The website is named after its creator, Google employee Orkut Büyükkökten. Orkut was one of the most visited websites in India and Brazil. As of October 2011, 59.1% of Orkut's users were from Brazil, followed by India with 27.1% and Japan with 6.7%. Originally hosted in California, in August 2008 Google announced that Orkut would be fully managed and operated in Brazil, by Google Brazil, in the city of Belo Horizonte.

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