Orkut Founder, Orkut Buyukkokten launched a new social network ‘Hello Network’ in India. Orkut was a social networking website founded by Orkut Buyukkokten, later owned and operated by Google. Orkut was shut down by Google in 2014. The new Hello app is built mainly for the new mobile freak generation which brings people together around their interests to create positive, meaningful, authentic connections and sustained social engagement.
Like Facebook, the Hello app is not limited to getting friends with the known person. You can search people with similar interest and make them friends. It is built around interest-based personas and communities where users express their creations, ideas, and experiences. With the help of this criteria, the Hello Network makes it easy to discover friendly people who share the same interests and it facilitates conversation leading to true connections.
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The app has features like jots, hearts, communities, and karma. With this app you don’t have to know people personally, you can connect with like-minded people. Some of the product features are given below:
- Connect with people in your neighborhood and around the world
- Join communities focused on your top interests and be a part of the conversation
- Explore what you love and discover new friends.
- Share your creations, ideas, and experiences and build connections
- As your interests change, simply adjust your personas and the app changes with you
Orkut Buyukkokten said,
“Passions are often the start of our conversations in real life. Today’s online networks force people to treat each other totally differently from how they would behave face-to-face. Technology should help us become more understanding, more optimistic, kinder and better people. We designed hello to help you make connections in the real world. It’s a social network built on loves not likes, and I’m delighted to say hello to India once again.”
The hello app has been available to a beta test audience in India for the past several months. The company claims that the top personas among beta users are Bollywood Fan, Entrepreneur, Fashion Enthusiast, Cricket Fan, Fitness Buff, Foodie, Music Fan, Philosopher, Spiritualist, and Techie. It has been also available to early adopters in Brazil, with nearly 1M downloads.
Hello is coming to India at the very right time. After a recent Facebook data breach, people are trying to find alternatives to Facebook and Hello can make its way to India with this.