It was the first chink in Googles shiny armour. Up until Orkut, Google hadn’t really done much wrong. Orkut, it’s fair to say, arrived with fanfare, then sunk without a trace.
Except in Brazil, where it is, inexplicably, quite popular. But I bet Google wish it wasn’t:
“Brazilian prosecutors sued U.S. Internet group Google Inc. on Tuesday for not following orders from a Brazilian Federal Court to provide information on members using its social network site, Orkut. The prosecutors demanded the closure of the company’s operations in Brazil and the payment of a fine of 130 million reais (61 million U.S. dollars), about 1 percent of the company’s gross revenue, as penalty for withholding user information, required for a criminal investigation“.
Should have bought MySpace, really…