Hi friends I am back with the review of All new Orkut (Ok, not so new like it was last month). Before I start, do you remember my post on the All New Orkut Preview posted on 31st of October, 2009? It has been a month since we are using the New Orkut. How do you feel? Excited? Enthusiastic? Bored? Well, I felt exhausted sometimes and I want to share my experience with you all.
Talking about the navigation, it’s a gem. The pages load faster than ever. There are applications which make you freak about them. The album in New Orkut is well managed and can be maintained with lesser efforts than its counterpart. With updates from friends on the main page, ability to comment on almost everything, colorful main page makes Orkut feel better, like never before.
Still, there are loopholes. New Orkut is not complete. Still most of us miss our old Orkut! Don’t we? And, why is that? I found out a number of glitches in New Orkut that makes the user feel exhausted, dissapointed and frustrated.
1- The updates page is really big and a lot of thumbnails in the home page makes Orkut look cute. But, it’s no fun for low bandwidth users. Remember? Indians are known do have slow connections and they constitute 17.51% of the total users of Orkut (Huge huh!).
2- It’s good to see all your friends on the home page! But, who wanted it? Make it simple. Make it as it was.
3- With the nuclear Mutual friends list, it gets really tough to identify the REAL mutual friends. The thumbnail is so tiny and unclear in this New Orkut that it leaves you wanting for more!
4- Finally, I would like to ask all of you, how many times did you get the message “Bad, bad server! No donut for you.” in the older version of Orkut? Once in thousand times. Am I right? As it appears, this New Orkut comes attached with this message. Whenever, whatever, wherever I clicked, I was scared to get this error on my screen. This appears on the page as the frustrating element. This message is more frequent while adding somebody to the friend list. Most of the time the page gets stuck with this message and it takes forever to get rid of it.
Orkut is still in Beta phase and developing day by day. But, issues like these should have been solved before the beta release. Hope, Orkut team is going to take some serious actions in the near future.
For the time being, Happy Orkutting How do you like New Orkut by the way?