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Now that was a Plurking Hoot!

Written by David Harry   
Friday, 06 June 2008 09:49


Some thoughts on my days in the Plurk-o-verse

Weren’t we just talking about trademarks, standards and linkbait? …. Naaww.… this week there's a new buzz -

The latest kid in the corral –Plurk. As one person alluded to, half jokingly, its twitter on meth essentially. Granted many new services that come out experience some initial geek surge, but even this Gypsy was on about FriendFeed (and it’s Rooms) recently – this one is different.

 For starters it has a strange snow ball effect going on as you seem to spiral out of control. It is like having an interactive, multimedia enabled forum that Plurked and instant messenger client. You’ll be lucky to not be talking in the third person in no time.

Beyond that I met some folks that gave help and others that made tools for the community to benefit from. Once rolling it is interesting to not only interact but add flavour with images and graphics… You can also start private groups called *cliques* that help one segment their messages once your friend lists get longer.

Some Goodies

Ok, you can get round one of the community – How to post
You can also get the FireFox extension
Or get hooked up to the Desktop client

Import Twitter friends to Plurk with this tool
and there is even a Plurk Bookmarlet
Also you can find Plurkers from around the world

Have you seen the new feature to Mute Plurks? Read all about it
From Plurktionary we have;  the Unnofficial Plurk Dictionary
And you can even follow the Plurkerati around!

Video - I use my Multimedia tab in the Ol iGoogle Homepage; and post the URL

iGoogle Home Page


Images - Same gig… Google is your friend - and you can simply paste in a URL to a given image to have it show up in the thread you are in.



 Cliques – these can be handy for sending messages to a modular groups of your Plurkers.I figure with wider adoption this should help segment things better.; tho adding friends to cliques isn’t overly intuitive (note add friends to cliques as U make ‘em)

Here’s the main screen;
Main Screen


My Posts
Dave's Plurks

My Private messages/Clique posts


Want to see just ONE user? Click on their Avatar
User Highlighting


...and there is much more to play with (shall add links to the bottom of this post as I find them)


In the end?

Gone FishingWill it stay interesting or will it crumble over under it’s own weight? Who knows… we roll with the punches. Me? I’ll be keeping it around for a while to see where it leads; it merely needs to be tempered like any activity. So far so fun…though they are having some server issues it seems… One can always get a fix at the FriendFeed Room for Plurk

Looking to hook up with some Plurkalicious Peeps? Check my friend list.. lots to chose from

…. Now I gotta’ get back to work… no, really… I am plurkin’ serious here…



Some More Plurking Reading (know another? Leave it in the comments)

Plurk. Just anoter Twitter Clone? - MU on Plurk
Are You Plurking? - NowSourcing
Plurk was not love at first sight - but I'm addicted - Social Media Mom
What is Plurk - BlahBlahBlah Tech
Understanding Plurk Karma - Left the Box
Top 10 Plurk users; What's the Karma Algo? - ProBlogger
Plurk better than Twitter - Mashable
Quirky Plurk; anothe time sink - zDnet
Top 10 Yay Plurk, Nay Twitter reasons - HomeBiz Blogger
Plurk is Twitter on Meth - Chris Hooley
Why Plurk will Kill Twitter - Mass Media Designs
Chatter Crack; a social addiction - BroadCasting Brain 
Plurk Unleashed - Thinking serious
Karma, Thou Wicked Wench! - Plurkiverse



0 # Chris Hooley 2008-06-06 10:05

*wondering if I am the guy you were referring to with that analogy
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0 # Snoop Bloggy Blog 2008-06-06 10:08
I can't stop the PLURKity Goodness. At first I was not a fan but, five minutes later I was hooked and now can't stop. It's like Twitter on Crystal Meth. Once you try it, you can't stop. Hooked 4 Life!

Can't Stop, Won't Stop...PLURKing!
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0 # Chris 2008-06-06 10:17
Jury is still out, but its growing on me. Like some massive fungus.
Just when I'd began to curtail my Twittering's, along comes another blow to my productivity...
Nice article.
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0 # Dave 2008-06-06 10:18
@Chris - Could have been.... but WTF... we'll credit it to the coolest guy in search...why not!!

I have changed and attributed
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0 # Sharon 2008-06-06 10:54
Thanks for this list. I did an initial review of Plurk (linked above) which I love so far. This list makes it easier. I'll be glad when there are a few more tools, like Twhirl.
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0 # Dave 2008-06-06 11:06
@chris one most certainly has to meter them... and we'll see what happens when the 'gee whiz' effect wears off

@Sharon NP on the list o goodies... did U see the desktop app link?
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0 # Gregor Spowart 2008-06-06 11:27
Thanks for the link - very kind of you!
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0 # sammysunshine 2008-06-06 14:09
love the Plurk sampler!
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0 # ThinkingSerious 2008-06-08 12:51
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0 # Dave 2008-06-09 11:32
Thanks..... added :woohoo:
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0 # Mich D 2008-06-09 14:25
@theGypsy for such a tremendous job on this post.
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0 # Dave 2008-06-09 14:32
Tanx Mich - you're no slouch in the helping out yerself ... :woohoo:
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