Orkut Büyükkökten

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Orkut Büyükkökten
Hello Orkut Büyükkökten 2015.jpg
Büyükkökten in 2015
Born (1975-02-06) February 6, 1975 (age 42)
Occupation Product Manager
Years active 1987– present

Orkut Büyükkökten (born February 6, 1975) is a Turkish software engineer who developed the social networking services Club Nexus, inCircle and Orkut. Orkut Büyükkökten is a former product manager at Google.[1]


Originally from Konya, Turkey, Büyükkökten obtained a B.Sc. degree in Computer Engineering and Information Science from Bilkent University in Ankara. He received both a M.S. and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University. His research at Stanford focused on Web search and efficient PDA usage.

He has been building and working on online communities since 2000. He introduced his first social network, named Club Nexus[2] at Stanford in the fall of 2001. Club Nexus was the first college-specific social network.[3] It was a system built to serve the networking and communication needs of the Stanford online community. Students could use Club Nexus to send e-mail and invitations, chat, post events, buy and sell used goods, search for people with similar interests, place personals, display their artwork or post editorial columns. Within a few months of its introduction, Club Nexus attracted over 2,000 undergraduates.

Later, Büyükkökten introduced an alumni social network, named inCircle for the Stanford Alumni Association intended for use by university alumni groups.

After joining Google, he decided to use his 20% time to develop a social networking service. He said: "My dream was to connect all the Internet users so they can relate to each other, it can make such a difference in people's lives." The product manager and Marissa Mayer thought of naming the service after its creator. "Orkut.com" belonged to Orkut Büyükkökten himself. Google convinced him, and its social networking service was called Orkut.[4]

In 2016, he launched a new social networking service, Hello.[5]


Conference Publications

  • Orkut Buyukkokten, Hector Garcia-Molina, Andreas Paepcke "Seeing the Whole in Parts: Text Summarization for Web Browsing on Handheld Devices". The 10th International WWW Conference (WWW10). Hong Kong, China - May 1–5, 2001.[6]
  • Oliver Kaljuvee, Orkut Buyukkokten, Hector Garcia-Molina, Andreas Paepcke "Efficient Web Form Entry on PDAs". The 10th International WWW Conference (WWW10). Hong Kong, China - May 1–5, 2001.[7]
  • Orkut Buyukkokten, Hector Garcia-Molina, Andreas Paepcke "Accordion Summarization for End-Game Browsing on PDAs and Cellular Phones". Human-Computer Interaction Conference 2001 (CHI 2001). Seattle, Washington - 31 March-5 April 2001.[8]
  • Orkut Buyukkokten, Hector Garcia-Molina, Andreas Paepcke. "Focused Web Searching with PDAs". The 9th International WWW Conference (WWW9). Amsterdam, Netherlands - May 15–19, 2000.[9]
  • Orkut Buyukkokten, Hector Garcia-Molina, Andreas Paepcke, Terry Winograd. "Power Browser: Efficient Web Browsing for PDAs". Human-Computer Interaction Conference 2000 (CHI 2000). The Hague, The Netherlands - April 1–6, 2000.[10]
  • Arturo Crespo, Orkut Buyukkokten, Hector Garcia-Molina. "Efficient Query Subscription Processing in a Multicast Environment". 16th International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE). San Diego, CA, USA, February 29 - March 3, 2000.[11]

Workshop Publications

  • Orkut Buyukkokten, Hector Garcia-Molina and Andreas Paepcke "Text Summarization of Web pages on Handheld Devices." Proceedings of Workshop on Automatic Summarization 2001 held in conjunction with NAACL 2001 (NAACL 2001), June 2001.[12]
  • Orkut Buyukkokten, Junghoo Cho, Hector Garcia-Molina and Luis Gravano "Exploiting geographical location information of web pages" Proceedings of Workshop on Web Databases (WebDB'99) held in conjunction with ACM SIGMOD'99, June 1999.[13]

Journal Papers

  • Orkut Buyukkokten, Oliver Kaljuvee, Hector Garcia-Molina, Andreas Paepcke and Terry Winograd "Efficient Web Browsing on Handheld Devices using Page and Form Summarization" ACM Transactions on Information Systems (TOIS), Volume 20, Issue 1, January 2002.[14]
  • Dominic Hughes, Orkut Buyukkokten and James Warren "Empirical Bi-action Tables: a Tool for the Evaluation and Optimization of Text Input Systems, Application I: Stylus Keyboards" ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI), Special Issue on Mobile Text Entry. Volume 17, Issues 2 & 3, 2002.[15]
  • Arturo Crespo, Orkut Buyukkokten and Hector Garcia-Molina "Query Merging: Improving Query Subscription Processing in a Multicast Environment." IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering. Volume 15, 2003.[16]


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