Orkut, Google's social network with users base in India and Brazil, has received a major update: Groups of friends are more visible and you can send messages to the members of a group directly from Orkut's homepage. Also updated search results pages and application pages, while testing a new platform for communities.
One of the major changes in Orkut is the focus on groups. "You love your grandma and you're friends with your boss, but that doesn't mean you want them both seeing the conversation you're having with your friends the day after a party. With orkut, you can now build separate groups of your friends reflecting how you interact with them in real life." This's one of the ideas from "The Real Life Social Network", a presentation by Paul Adams at Google.
Here're the new features: Scraps to multiple people, Privacy in groups, Groups formed automagically!, Birthdays, Friend Suggestions, Fortune of The Day and Recent Visitors, Games and Applications, Communities.