So is it a good idea to join Orkut? I hesitated at first since the whole web-networking craze bugged the hell out of me. Now that the dust is clearing, this whole FOAFnet stuff is popping up and we have an RSS-based solution to the social networking phenomenon.
Then I read this over at Marc’s voice. His take on Orkut is that it’s just another way for Google to track user behavior. Hmmm… Now lessee:
1. Google.com: Search engine which tracks your behavior.
2. Gmail: Email which tracks and stores your behavior.
3. Orkut: Social networking which tracks your behavior.
Now don’t think I’m going all Lone Gunmen on you. It’s very impressive. Google has really made themselves valueble. Not just as a service provider to the casual user, but as an Ad service who can provide real reasearch and measurable results. Those services (which all seem to be pretty much the top of their game anyway), all collect data for their moneymaker. That is sweet. That is the product of strategic planning. I love Google- even their secondary products are leading the pack.
But that doesn’t answer my question. Orkut or no? Do I jump on the bandwagon or wait to see about this whole FOAFnet dealie? Come on, people!