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Plurk: The Power of Wasting Time

Written by David Harry   
Wednesday, 18 June 2008 08:37

5 reasons why you should be using Plurk - by Samir Balwani

Lately, there's been a lot of buzz about a new Twitter competitor called Plurk. In my opinion this new micro-blogging platform has taken the conversation to a whole new level. But along with all the talk about how great Plurk is, people have begun to question its usefulness. In response, I've compiled a list of reasons why Plurk should be an integral part of every Internet Marketer's toolbox.


Obama PlurkBranding:

A smart Plurker will use this platform as a way to effectively strengthen their brand. Just by watching avatars and names pass by on my timeline, I've grown to recognize newer brands.

Want to maximize this effect?

Use an avatar you want people to remember, or the one you use everywhere else. Also, don't forget that at 40.00 Karma you're able to change your Plurk Name. My suggestion is to use either your real name, or your brand.


Plurk is also a great tool to build your reputation. By befriending or following well known Plurkers you can start to join in their discussions. When you respond to someone that's well-connected, along with that Plurker, their friends and followers see what you wrote. Now your opinion and thoughts are building a reputation with other Plurkers that you didn't know.


Another benefit of befriending Plurk's power users is access. Unlike Twitter, where usually conversation is one-sided, on Plurk you can create a conversation. No longer are people simply website owners and blog writers, but instead they're your friends with whom you have an open line of communication. Don't hesitate to send a private Plurk or strike up a conversation. Make sure you do this in moderation, don't become a spammer!


Uncle Sam PlurkAlong with the "open line of communication" comes opportunity. Looking to write a guest post? Ask your favorite blogger, or a friend on Plurk. Need someone to make you a video? Post it on Plurk and wait for responses. On Plurk you have access to people with different backgrounds and expertise; just ask a question and you might be surprised how quickly you get an answer.


Finally, and my favorite reason to Plurk, it's fun! The Plurk culture is one of personable conversation where humor and fun are emphasized, while intelligent Plurks reign supreme.

So the final question is; Why aren't you wasting time with me?


Dave; Samir is a fellow Plurker that was kind enough to take me up on my standing offer for guest posting from the PlurkWorld - you can read more on his blog - Left the Box - if you're looking to hook up you can find him on Plurk as - LeftTheBox (of course)

..thanks for riding the trail with us today Samir... hope to have you back some time soon!



-1 # Bloggeries 2008-06-18 08:54
Great tips, I would say the best part of this or any network is being in the same place as others as you mentioned. Without these networks I'd be working on my site you'd be on yours; both online but we'd never communicate. This totally opens the doors; it pays to be extroverted and it's never been easier.

Great post on a great blog! B)
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0 # James Duthie 2008-06-18 18:10
I have to admit, despite my doubts towards micro blogging, I am finding Plurk useful. I'd say extending current relationships is the best benefit, but I've also been able to connect with a whole lot of new people as well.

So thanks to you Dave for nagging me to get on there...
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0 # Dave 2008-06-18 18:52
@Rob - geez I like it spread thick bro.. keep it comming! It has been fun since we dragged you over there... Thanks to fine folks like Samir I have more time to work on those (client) sites :woohoo:

@James - glad you finally decided to give networking some more time to see what it can do for you.... welcome to the machine dude!

..thanks to both of ya for taking the time to leave a few comments, sure it will make Samir go :woohoo:
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0 # Steven Bradley 2008-06-18 21:16
Nice post Samir. I think the main difference between Plurk and Twitter is Plurk is a little more fun.

Twitter is more of a group instant message, while Plurk feels more like a game,

I like both and in the end both have the same purpose, but this last week I've been plurking more than tweeting.
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0 # Dave 2008-06-18 23:55
For us ol Social 1.0 forum hounds Steve, the threaded comments are interesting as

..just wish I could *subscribe* to threads of interest... not forced to mute/unsubscribe...

Strangley I am working more now that I had a good plurk around... whew...
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0 # Internet Marketing Joy 2008-06-19 17:18
Personally, I think Plurk is a great site!..It has other unique features that can't be seen in Twitter or Jaiku..but because the site is a bit fresh that's why they have fewer members compared to the above mentioned sites..^^
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