Continuing the series on the existing Social Networks and how they are being used by the PiercingMetal outlet. This is Orkut.
Orkut:: Orkut is a social networking site that is run by Google, and originally the users needed an invite to create an account of their own. According to research this is the top most visited site in Brazil and the second most visited site in India. Based on these statistics it made perfect sense to check out what was going on over there and see if it applied for some proper use for PiercingMetal.com and my writings. Like MySpace and Facebook, the service had a unique look and feel to it and offered Groups and Forums to its members. Since we didn’t want too much in the way of maintenance we created a “Community” for PiercingMetal and for those who might not be aware of it, the community is how they label what we know as groups over on things like MySpace and the others. We use the community on the network to post major site initiatives, concert reviews and interviews and rather than copying and pasting all of the stuff on the main site, I instead post direct links to the content on the official domain. So far this has been met with a positive response and of course we hope that any of our Orkut supporters are subscribing to the blogs RSS feed or following the more used mediums of Facebook and Twitter.
I made a couple of my real world friends the moderators of that particular community but admit that it is in dire need of some updating. There is only so much time in the day and when given the option to update the main site or the Orkut, guess which one wins……I guess I should ask those people to begin copying and pasting the most relevant links to keep up appearances. To learn more about the social network itself, just look into their Wikipedia entry below.
Official Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orkut