Al-Qaeda Likes Orkut

Apparently, it’s not just Brazilians who like Orkut. Bloggers Blog points to
"Orkut
Home to Osama Bin Laden Fan Clubs
" from USA Today, which reports that
Google’s social networking service is popular with Al-Qaeda sympathizers.

The largest community there has 2,000 members, and there are at least 10
different Al-Qaeda related communities. Google says it may remove objectionable
material from Orkut and decided to do some with some of the stuff posted in
these communities, after USA Today contacted them.

Google recently explained to analysts wondering why Orkut wasn’t more popular
outside of Brazil that:

Brazilians are just very community-oriented.

I found
that a pretty lame explanation, especially given there are plenty of successful
community sites in other countries such as, hmm, the United States. But at least
they’ve got something new to say at the next analyst day — Al-Qaeda supporters
are community-oriented as well, it seems.

Postscript: Loren Baker’s
Why Brazil Loves Orkut!
gives you 10 reasons why Brazil is hot on Orkut.