Twitter vs Orkut
There are now a multitude of choices when it comes to social networking and you can choose one or all of them depending on how much time you are willing to spend. For those who do not have a lot of time, choosing one that suits you is the only option. Orkut is a full-pledge social networking site that is owned by the software giant Google and it is more comparable to Ning, Facebook, MySpace, and Friendster. On the other hand, Twitter is a microblogging service with very limited capabilities.
The main thing that you can do with Twitter is to post text messages with a character limit. There are ways to post pictures through Twitter but it is provided by another service outside Twitter. With Orkut, you have the ability to post photos, videos, and any other media they like. Users also have the ability to create and moderate groups where other users can be members of. With Twitter, you can only opt to follow the tweets of a certain entity, which is more of a one way relationship as the follower receives updates of that entities tweets but not the other way around.
With added features, comes greater complexity. It is a bit daunting for someone who doesn’t have much online experience, especially with social networking sites, to setup an account with Orkut and start uploading content. With Twitter, there is not much to learn and any layman can be sending tweets in just a couple of minutes. It is also much easier to access Twitter as many companies offer Twitter integration with SMS. Orkut is almost exclusively accessible with computers and smartphones.
As of the moment, Orkut is very popular in Brazil and India but not in the US. Twitter’s popularity far exceeds that of Orkut as it is widely accepted as a means of getting information out quickly rather than to connect with acquaintances. People in the spotlight use it to get their thoughts out quickly while broadcasters use it to gain feedback from their audience and to know their opinions.
Twitter is a microblogging service while Orkut is a full blown social networking site
You can only post messages on Twitter while you can post photos and videos on Orkut
Orkut allows for the creation of groups while Twitter does not
Twitter is much simpler compared to Orkut
Twitter is very popular almost everywhere while Orkut is popular primarily in Brazil and India
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