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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Orkut Goes OpenSocial, Orkut Apps Are Live In India

After releasing mobile version of orkut, orkut yesterday rolled out applications (apps for short) on orkut to everyone in India and plan to roll out apps to all orkuteers, in local languages, over the next few weeks.

Apps are integrated directly into your orkut experience. When you log into your profile, you will be able to add up to 25 apps to your orkut profile. Your friends will see all the apps you've added, be able to interact with them, and can add any apps they like to their own profiles.

Apps can relate to anything, from games and music to travel and books. Currently it supports below applications :

- Music iLike : Add music and videos to your profile, list your favorite artists, and test your skill in the Music Challenge! Join 23 million iLike users to share and discover music.

- Emote : An ever growing list of emoticons to show off how you feel.

- PhotoAttack : Attack photos of your friends with cool animations! Slap them silly, send them a kiss, splash them with color balloons. No matter what your emotions are, animation is there that can help you to express yourself.

- Horoscopes : Find out with a RockYou horoscope and get regular updates for your sign.

- TypeRacer : Typing meets racing in this first-ever competitive typing game. Compete against your friends and the whole world in the new sport of keyboarding!

- Top Friends by Slide.com : Keep track of your best friends right on your profile with Top Friends by Slide.com!

- SlideTV by Slide.com : Add custom pics, graffiti, videos and more to your profile with SlideTV by Slide.com!

- myHangman : Play the classic word game of Hangman or create one of your own on your favourite movies, music, TV shows and more. Guess the missing letters of the alphabet to fill in the blanks and get the right answer.

- iRead : iRead is a social book discovery application. With iRead you can organize your favorite books in bookshelves, rate and review them. You can browse what other iReaders and friends are reading. iRead learns from your book reading tastes and recommends books you will like and also users who read like you.

- Flixster Movies : Share movie ratings and compare your movie taste with friends. Create and challenge friends to movie quizzes. Meet other movie fans with similar taste.

- Chakpak Movies : Chakpak Movies is a social movies application that lets you rate/review movies and related photos/videos and share your ratings and reviews with your friends. It also lets you organize movies by classifying them into ones you have seen, you own, your favorite movies and other similar categories. Among other fun things, you can also create movie quizzes and challenge your friends.

- ReadingSocial :Organize your reading history! Build up your bookshelf to keep track of what you've read, want to read, and are currently reading. See what your friends are reading. Show others what's on your real bookshelf. See others reading the same book (a good icebreaker). Read and create reviews. Recommend books on your bookshelf to your friends. Get recommendations from your friends.

- Bible Verses : Play the Bible Verses quiz and challenge your friends. Post a prayer and share it with your Orkut friends. Post your favorite bible passages to your profile and scrapbook.

- India Dekha! : India Dekha has been developed by Zoomtra.com in an effort to connect Indian Travel enthusiasts with one another. How much of India Have you traveled or plan to travel to in the future? Make your India Dekha! Map and share it with your friends.

- Teen Patti : Teen Patti - Indian version of 3 card poker; also known as flash. A multi-player game that you won't be able to stop playing - once you start. A must play before and on Diwali for most Indian families, even losing in this game is supposed to bring you good luck.

- Hangout : Upcoming music concert or a quick meet at a coffee shop down the street. Casual outing or a special event. Schedule it and invite friends. Hangout enables you to schedule, coordinate and have fun with your Orkut friends outside your online world.

- BuboMe : Pimp yours or your friends photos by adding themes and bubbles, be the celebrity or superhero you always wanted to be, there are hundreds of themes to choose from, and built in 4 languages: English, Portuguese, Chinese and Vietnamese, come create some fun photos!

- iPoke : The fun and interactive way to stay in touch with your friends. Miss your friend on his Birthday? Smash a Birthday cake on his face.

- Music n Movies : New, fun way to interact with friends! Let your friends know what you think of them and how you are feeling! Enjoy personalized music stations. Add your favourite channels and share fun memories and trivia around songs! Listen to Bollywood Hits, Indipop, Punjabi Hits, International Hits and more... Share your movie tastes with friends, add favourites, rate and review movies. Check out what's hot and happening in Latest Movies.

Moreover you can submit your own application.

To know more, watch below short video that explains what apps are and how to start using them:

You will find "add apps" link in your profile over the coming weeks.

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