Half of Google's revenue now comes from outside the U.S. That's why the Wall Street Journal spilled so much ink running down the company's problems in Brazil over Orkut, the world's No. 5 website. You probably stopped using Orkut 3 and 1/2 years ago, after signing up to get into the launch party. My fellow Wags were too busy giggling over the article's News Corp. disclaimer to actually read it. Here's a summary of the article's surprising stats.
- Monthly unique users on Orkut shot up 57 percent over the past year.
- Orkut generates no more complaints about kiddie porn than other social networks.
- Brazilians use the Internet like crazy. Two-thirds of Brazilian net users use Orkut.
- Google may stop stonewalling the Brazilian government, which wants info on alleged criminal users.
(Graphic by The Wall Street Journal)