With all of the up and down (time) of Twitter, many people are looking at alternatives for their microblogging platform of choice. Tonight I noticed (ironically through Twitter) a number of my friends trying out Plurk.
Plurk has a very visual timeline that also tracks the comments in real time (the unread comments show up in your browser tab in FireFox). Right now, there’s no way to differentiate comments to your plurks or your friends without actually clicking on the “Show all” link.
They also track interaction by awarding karma points (from the website):
“Every plurker has his/her own karma value. It is recalculated every day and falls within these intervals:
- c60900;">0.00 to 21.00: You are in the state of creation
- ffa200;">21.00 to 41.00: You are in the state of maintenance
- f4cf00;">41.00 to 61.00: You are enlightened
- 0018ff;">61.00 to 81.00: You are so close to Plurk Nirvana
- 00ff24;">81.00 to 100.00: You have reached Plurk Nirvana!
Your karma score is directly influenced by your and your friends Plurk activity. The more active you are, the more points you’ll get. Using various features of Plurk such as instant messaging or uploading a profile image will also help.
Invite your real friends to boost your karma!”
It’s weird that you can’t fill out your profile with a description (250 characters) without reaching 40 karma points.
There are growing pains – I’ve already gotten a couple of database errors and I was unable to use any of the “Find a Friend” tools. But there are a couple of things I like – the “Alert” feature makes it easy to see who friends you (or accepted your requests) and there’s a group feature – “Cliques” – which has always been a missing Twitter feature for me.
It’s fun to try out, but the true test is how easily it folds into my workflow. I do like that Plurk is supported by Profilactic (which feeds my Lifestream page) and a number of people that I follow are already trying it out. As the service (and my use of it) grows, I’ll post my updated impressions.
Please feel free to friend me on Plurk.
UPDATE: Interesting Reading: