But orkut keeps chuggin nonetheless. Xeni sounds off about how she can’t seem to bail from the system (I think they never considered that anyone would *ever* want to leave…), Marc gets tossed in jail without a phone call or a lawyer, Corante is not pleased (pointing out that negative posts and comments about orkut have been deleted from the system, at least early on),danah has a more than a few pointed words as well (and 19 trackbacks and counting…). Folks, the buzz ain’t so good. What to make of it?
Well, I think it’s fascinating, but I’m writing a book about search, and watching Google manage this particular herd of cats is simply too interesting to look away. So here’s my comment, for what it’s worth: pretending that this is not a Google project is disingenuous. Orkut *is* a Google project. End of story. Even if it wasn’t intended to be, it is. And the folks at Google know that as important as the influencers in tech might be, orkut, in the end, is about the folks who could give a crap about the blogosphere. I’ll wager they’ll ride out the initial bad reviews, and hope the masses join up. Unless, of course, a few major journalists write it up as a bust. It’s rather like the Dean campaign, no? Are Xeni and danah providing the primal scream?