PARADIGM SHIFT BLOG -- Oct 30 -- I was a little surprised to see Orkut is the #2 site in India. Maybe it will become the #1 site there, like it has in Brazil. India has 350 million english speaking users. When I launched PlentyofFish in 2003 it had explosive growth in India. The only problem was that in a short time I signed up over 60,000 men and 1500 women and an extremely large percentage of messages from the indian men where about sex. I ended up blocking the entire country. They would have ended up destroying my site. Dating is a very local thing. Indian matrimonial sites are seeing insane growth. Jeevansathi.com IPO'ed today and Shaadi.com plans to IPO soon as well.
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Mark Brooks: Orkut is Google's social networking site, and was launched shortly after Friendster turned down Google's $30 million offer in 2003.