Orkut is a social networking website that is owned and operated by Google Inc . Although owned by internet giant Google , Orkut is less popular in the United States than competitors Facebook and MySpace, however it is one of the most visited websites in India and Brazil .There are many reasons for its unpopularity like lack or very limited apps and Ugly User Interface , huge unwelcomed stupid ads right on top etc .
It recently upgraded itself with enriching apps , games,themes and groups feature but still its nearby the same as it used to be with no change in its UI . However if you have more friends on orkut than you can’t resist checking for scraps [ orkut slang for messages ] and replying them even if you hate to glance at it ! Here featured are some of the best kick-ass [ External and 3rd Party ] tools to give orkutting best shot and Super charge it :
- Orkut Cute is a feature-laden desktop application for managing your Orkut page. It comes with a scrap editor that has a rich-text formatting bar with an HTML page preview. There is an instant messenger that you can use to chat with your GTalk and MSN Messenger friends.
- You can use its ‘Get Scraps’ feature to download your scraps from Orkut to your desktop.
- The program automatically logs in to Orkut creating an icon on the Windows system tray. All it takes to access your account is a double-click on that icon.
2] TOtkut : Another Desktop application for accessing and managing your Orkut profile with Scrap Editor and other features . Not bad giving it a try .
Greasemonkey Scripts :
3] Keybord Shortcuts For Orkut – Very handy grease monkey script for list of all keyboard shortcuts for Orkut. A Most for addicted orkuter !
4] Mass Moderation Script – Adds various features like mass ban, mass delete and mass remove options for community moderation in community topics page.
5] Smiley Toolbar – This gives more smiley and emoticons options in the form of a handy toolbar.
6] Orkut Formatting Toobar – With this no need to learn HTML for writing bold , italic or what so ever cool scraps , as this script pops a toolbar that makes text formating in Orkut easier.
Note : These scripts cannot work sometimes depending upon orkut’s updated API .
- Orkut Toolbar helps you to format the text of your posts in the Orkut forums, easily access all common functions of orkut, create and manage custom signatures and insert and view images and flash movies in orkut posts, scraps and profiles.
With Orkut Toolbar all you need is type your entire text without any formatting code and then select the desired parts of text and apply the format using the toolbar buttons.
- Much like you do in Open Office, MS Word or any other text editor.
- Addon with features like auto login to Orkut, create links to various pages, animated smileys, common scraps to friends or community members, and more.
- Scrap those who have scrapped you in a single step.
- Persistent link to Your scrapbook.
- This extension helps to make this task faster by providing messaging options in your own scrapbook page, in effect reducing the number of steps to scrap someone who has scrapped you to just one!
- Also available is an addition to the ‘menu bar’ of Orkut to add a link your own ScrapBook page.
9] Scrapboy : Scrapboy is a kind of browser for orkut. By Using Scrapboy you can browse orkut and know when you or your friends receive new scraps. You can send and receive Orkut scraps from the Scrapboy desktop application without using a web browser. Sending scraps from your desktop is also as easy as writing an instant message.
10] OrkutAlert : This small tool runs in your computer background alerts you whenever you receive a new scrap and when your friends log on to Orkut.
11] Orkut Scrapbook Searcher : This adds a search box inside the orkut page for searching through scrapbooks,communities. The box is context sensitive and automatically changes between searching scrapbook,community threads and community thread messages The user can search for simple strings, user names and also specify date range to search for.The help box below the search tool gives details of all the options. The greasemonkey script for the same is available at http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/6143
12] PowerScrap : PowerScrap is a site that you can use to access your social networking sites like Orkut, YouTube , Myspace, etc. with more features. Once you log in to Orkut from the PowerScrap site, you can
- change the color of your Orkut page,
- listen to an online radio station,
- browse anonymously,
- send messages to multiple friends,
- send multimedia content by scraps,
- send confidential scraps, and much more.
The PowerScrap scrap editor also provides you rich-text formatting options.
13] Orkut ScrapEasy : Makes replying to scraps easier… No need to leave your scrapbook (and no page refresh) after posting the scrap (submits in the background using ajax). Adds a scrapbook launcher link, to go to your friends’ scrapbook directly bypassing his / her profile.
14] iGoogle Module : Add Orkut to your iGoogle page ,a more personal way to use Orkut. Customize your page anyway you like, by adding your favorite Orkut themes and gadgets from across the web.
16] Add Orkut Profile to Your Blog – This is a simple widget for bloggers to add an Orkut badge on their blogs.
17] Orkut Birthday [ Netvibes ] - Add your Orkut birthdays to your Netvibes page. In that way m you can grab netvibes code and insert on any webpage ,
18] Orkut Birthday [ Gadget ] – Add upcoming birthdays of your friends to iGoogle.
19] Orkut Photo Album [Gadget ] - Another orkut gadget to view your Orkut photo albums in iGoogle.
20]Orkut Scraps [ Gadget ] - View your Orkut scraps in iGoogle.Reply using html and smileys .
That’s all folks ! Hope you would check all of them out . And if you know more of them or if any one of them stops functioning or link turns out to be broken , feel free to comment and I will do the needful .
Have you tried any of them before ? Which of them you like most ?