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Orkut Buyukkokten, the founder of the social network Orkut.com and CEO of Hello Network, Inc., has launched Hello app in India. The new app is built specifically for the new mobile-generation and brings people together around their interests to create positive, meaningful, authentic connections and sustained social engagement.
Orkut Buyukkokten said 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."
He said, "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 early adopters in Brazil, with nearly 1 million downloads, and has been available to a beta test audience in India for the past several months, with typical users spending over 320 minutes each month on the app.
Reflecting the popularity of the sport, entertainment, devotion, and technology in India, the top personas among beta users are Bollywood Fan, Cricket Fan, Entrepreneur, Fashion Enthusiast, Fitness Buff, Foodie, Music Fan, Philosopher, Spiritualist, and Techie. Over 55 percent of Indian users create content weekly, nearly double the average across other social networks.
The app is available in the Apple App Store, Google Play and is available for iOS 9 and KitKat for Android.
The new app includes the following features
· 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 was founded by Orkut Buyukkokten and the small group of ex-Google engineers.
After witnessing the evolution of social networking over the past 16 years, it was inspired to help bring people together around their common interests -- a vision that changes how the world does socially, the company's website mentions.
Orkut was launched on January 24, 2004, and on September 30, 2014, Google had announced to shut it down.