Sunday, April 02, 2006

Belo Horizonte is where my new ORKUT friend lives

Belo Horizonte - Google Image Search
state capital of the province Minas Gerais. Brazil
1940 ies architect desogned urban landscape

Orkut - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "Orkut is an Internet social network service run by Google and named after its creator, Google employee Orkut Büyükkökten. It claims to be designed to help users meet new friends and maintain existing relationships. Similar to Friendster, orkut goes a step further by permitting 'communities' of users. It is also invitation-only: users must be invited to join the community by someone already there"

Orkut Büyükkökten is a Turkish software engineer who developed the social networking service called orkut while working at Google. He developed orkut as an independent project while working at Google, the outgrowth of a company policy whereby all employees at Google can spend 20% of their time working on personal interests.

Originally from the Turkish city of Konya, Büyükkökten obtained a B.Sc. degree in Computer Engineering and Information Science from Bilkent University in Ankara, and earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University. His research at Stanford focused on Web search and efficient PDA usage.


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