An Orkut user was also able to add videos to their profile from either You Tube or Google Video with the additional option of creating either restricted or unrestricted polls for polling a community of users.There was at one point an option to integrate GTalk with Orkut, enabling chat and file sharing.The allegation is based on the presence of 9 identical bugs in Orkut that also existed in In Circles.
On September 4, 2007, Orkut announced that user would be able to see an "Updates from your friends" box on the homepage, where it would be possible to obtain real-time updates when friends made changes to their profiles, photos and videos.
Moreover, in case someone wanted to keep some information on their profile private, Orkut added an opt-out button on the settings page.
Google stated the new Orkut was faster, simpler, and more customizable.
More particular features included video chat, promotions and easy navigation. User interface and workflow were also drastically changed.
It also announced the initial release of Orkut in 6 new languages: Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, Kannada and Telugu.
Profile editing could then take place by clicking the settings button under the user profile photo (or alternatively, clicking the blue settings link at the top of any page).
Orkut's competitors were other social networking sites including Myspace and Facebook.
Ning was a more direct competitor, as it allowed for the creation of social networks similar to Orkut's "communities".
On April Fools' Day 2008, Orkut temporarily changed its name on its webpage to yogurt, apparently as a prank.
On June 2, 2008, Orkut launched its theming engine with a small set of default themes. These users were able to send invites to their Orkut friends to join this new version.
Orkut added different colours choices for the users profiles.