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What’s the hype with plurk?

2009 February 8
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by Victor TAN

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Thanks to Tan Weizhen’s “Blogging is so dated‘ on The Straits Times, it has caused people to wonder what’s the hype with Plurk. I think this is why the SCDF webmaster has started her Plurk account and decided to follow me.

Just to give a quick introduction of Plurk, it is a relatively new Micro-blogging platform which allows 2-way communication on each plurk (i.e. the entry). It is very much similar to the the status updates in Facebook, but the difference is anybody can comment on your Plurk, except for those who set their timeline to private. It also displays your plurks and those whom you followed on the same timeline!

In Plurk, there is this Karma point system which gives you access to cute emoticons when you hit certain karma points or after you have invited more than 10 friends in. To increase your karma points, you will need to plurk regularly and also respond to other’s Plurks.

To access it from mobile, you need to access it via your mobile browser. Sorry Weizhen, there is NO WAY to update Plurk through SMS. SMS is for twitter!

Anyway, I got to know about Plurk through Pat Law’s blog post and only decided to try it out in 16 Aug 08. I’ve been using it like a twitter since I did not have any friends on it. It’s only until the Bloggers Calendar shoot that I got to know more Plurkers and this is when Plurk started to get addictive!

I renewed my passion for Photography after I got to know Plurkers who are into it as well! We had a few photo outings, like the one to Marina Barrage, Kampong Buangkok, Aimless Shoot Out and Sentosa Flower 2009, which I haven’t blogged about! Agrh!

If you have just gotten yourself a Plurk account, you may wish to join the Plurk: Singapore group on Facebook. Follow me if you want to! If you already know me in person, just add me as a friend 🙂

5 Responses leave one →
  1. February 8, 2009

    Think MSN with a larger group of people. Or maybe a forum where you post a thread. On top of all that, you get to know more people and they become your friends. So what’s not addictive about it?

  2. Victor TAN permalink*
    February 8, 2009

    Yeah. But when you are alone, it’s really quite boring. (LOL)

  3. illZ permalink
    February 11, 2009

    heYz vicVic….juZ sAw your fAcebook invitAtion to plurK….iz it that interestinG? if i joiN i can predict you’lL be the onlY one on mY friend’Z lisT loH…hahAa….

  4. March 2, 2009

    Plurk is micro-blogging which is still blogging,, just that it has character restrictions. It’s interesting that the character restrictions actually makes people log their lives differently.

  5. April 2, 2009

    Here in the Philippines, we can Plurk via SMS. Somebody created a gateway and it works really well.

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