5 Orkut Tips for Beginners

By 28-09-2010   Tutorials

Guest post by Gili.
Here are some Orkut Tips for Beginners. So you have a brand new Orkut account, and want to get started communicating with friends and family. In this post, we would like to provide you with the very basics of Orkut, so you can set up your profile and get the fun going.

Uploading a profile picture:

Adding a profile picture is usually the  first thing people after opening an Orkut account.

Click on Profile in the home screen, which is found under the textbox used to post status updates. Once you are in your profile, move the mouse over to your photo and you can see a link  named Change photo”. Now browse to your Pictures folder of your personal computer and select the photo you would like to post in Orkut. Crop the photo if you want to and hit Save.

Orkut Profile Image Crop

Sending scraps:

Scraps are a unique feature of Orkut. They are used to communicate with people and your friends. In a way, they are similar to writing a message on a paper and leaving it where your friend can see it.

To send a scrap, go to your friend’s profile. In the center of the screen, you’ll notice a text box. Here, you can add text, image, videos etc. Enter what you need and choose the visibility and hit post. Your friend can see it when he/she is online the next time.

Orkut Scraps

Leaving comments on friends’ updates:

Like in other social networks, leaving comments to status updates is very common in Orkut as well.

In the home page, you will be able to see all the updates of your friends (this is comparable to the Facebook news feed). To the right of each update, you should be able to see a small downward pointing arrow mark. Click on it and you can comment. A text box will appear. Type your comment and hit post.

Orkut Comment

Adding videos:

Videos are a great way to communicate with others and evengain popularity in Orkut.

To add a video you should first hit the videos link on the main toolbar. You will be taken your videos page. If you have already uploaded some videos, you can see them there. There will be a small text box there. In it, you enter the URL of the Youtube videos you want to add. URL is the text found in the address bar when you’re playing a Youtube video. Copy-Paste it here and hit post. Within seconds, your video will be available.

Orkut videos

Managing your friends:

Orkut gives you a lot of options to manage your friends. All of these are found in one page. You can add your friends to groups, become their fan, give them a cool or sexy rating and so on. You can also block or remove them here if you want to. This page can be accessed by clicking on manage on top-right corner of your friends box. Click on it and you will be taken to a page titled Friends from which you’ll be able to mange your friends.

These were 5 basic Orkut tips for beginners. Stay tuned for more advanced Orkut tricks and tips.

Guest author Gili writes on Avirtualexit.com, a personal tech and  social networking tips and tricks web site. Get updated on the latest social networking tips and tricks by joining his Facebook page. You can also guestblog here.

4 comments on “5 Orkut Tips for Beginners

  1. Saket says:

    Its Been quite sometime since I last opened orkut. I dont use it, thanks to its new interface and its vulnerability to worms which hit it every few days.

    But still i haven’t closed my account and the only reason is the community of my friends and family members present there. except Friends, orkut has nothing to entertain you (like good apps or games on fb) so i would recommend to first create some connections in orkut or it would become boring.

  2. Sammy says:

    I did not know about this until I read your post. This looks like alot of fun. I like to communicate with as many people as I can and I like to know weather they have visited other post, too. I hope that it will work out well.

  3. Funvblog says:

    After the new look (design) of orkut it’s not easy to maintain all the stuffs on the orkut. It’s hard to find your own group for people who login after a long time.

    • Saket says:

      Agree with you, Google made Orkut very clumsy. The previous Orkut was very simple, as other all the Google services are and chatting with your friends was fun. The new interface doesn’t look good at all.

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