It also announced the initial release of Orkut in 6 new languages: Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, Kannada and Telugu.
Profile editing could then take place by clicking the settings button under the user profile photo (or alternatively, clicking the blue settings link at the top of any page).
The website was named after its creator, Google employee Orkut Büyükkökten.
Orkut was one of the most visited websites in India and Brazil in 2008.
Ning was a more direct competitor, as it allowed for the creation of social networks similar to Orkut's "communities".By August 30, 2007, most users on Orkut could see changes on their profile pages as per the new redesign.On August 31, 2007, Orkut announced its new features including improvements to the way you view your friends, 9 rather than 8 of your friends displayed on your homepage and profile page and basic links to your friends' content right under their profile picture as you browse through their different pages.The new version used Google Web Toolkit (GWT), thus making extensive use of AJAX in the user interface.However, users of the new version could still switch back to the old one.
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Scraps were also HTML-enabled letting users post videos or pictures.