I started noticing this a few months back when I started receiving notifications from friends / cousins about Orkut scrapbook messages. At first I ignored them (I joined all these sites when they first came out, but don’t visit except to accept invitations sometimes). When I was finally enticed to check, I was amazed to find a buzzing Indian community. I recognized people I had not talked to for years from visits to my profile, I saw that my old school has more than 2000 members (I think I had checked this a few years back and there were 4-5 members). Now that trickle of Orkut mailings has become a deluge, and I find myself visiting the site at least once a day (those who know me are aware of my skpeticism regarding earlier social networking sites such as Orkut and LinkedIn, so this is my surprise to day the least).
Fascinated, I started exploring to find if anyone else had noticed this. The “Inside Orkut” blog had noticed that Indians are the third largest group on Orkut as of Aug 06: Brazil – 67%; US: 13.2%; INdians: 7.7%.
Some Indian bloggers had commented as well.
I laughed out loud about Aji’s observation about Orkut rhyming with Chirkut (sorry, it would be impossible to explain why this is so funny to non Indians).
Hisham observes that this period of growth could be observed starting this year (so its at least 6 months old).