Like with any site, you create a profile and reveal how ever much information you prefer. You can control who can see some of your information such as birthdate, school, email address, user names and other personal information.
"My scrapbook" displays your notes, status, friends' statuses and photos. "Friends," of course, shows your connections. Orkut also displays your contacts from Google Contacts, so you can invite more friends with a couple of clicks. "Communities" lists the communities you've joined. The same page also allows you to search communities by name, browse categories or create one of your own.
Like every other social network, Orkut has apps you can add to your profile. They range from silly apps like buy your friends and BuddyToss! to productivity apps like Spreadsheet Gadget and Google Talk. Users can chat, send SMS messages, share files, post polls and play games.
Unlike most social networks, Orkut allows friends to rate others on a scale from one to three for "Trustworthy," "Cool" and "Sexy." Friends can also select to become fans of their friends and build a "Crush List." These features make Orkut more of a personal network than a business one.