On June 2nd, I received my invite from Adamo to join Plurk. You may be asking: “Why another micro-blogging site? Is the honeymoon with Twitter over?” Not at all, except I understand its shortcomings and the recent rash of problems was driving me over the edge (you must understand, addiction is a nasty thing). So I accepted Adamo’s invitation and signed up to Plurk – comments made so far is that it is a Twitter clone and that it isn’t. Users and non-users alike are talking about it … “I’ll never use it” to “I love Plurk”… “a lot more noise” to “more social/fun” (compared to Twitter) … “user interface is neat” to “UI is very confusing”.
From an end-user’s perspective I have discovered the following:
- since many friends are new on (read, early adopters of) Plurk (even though they use Twitter), I tend to talk to more strangers and socialize more
- I read many more replies. Given you can’t filter responses to get notices only if someone else replies to a post to which you have also replied, I get lost in looking at the extensive conversations.
- I read more replies because it is easy to see the entire “conversation” – See Robert Scoble’s
- I friend people randomly. And no it’s not ‘cause I want more karma…I’m good being in a state of maintenance.
- I friend people indiscriminately. Since profiles aren’t detailed, if someone friends me, I do the same.
- Content of Plurk posts tend to be a cross between Twitter, MySpace, Facebook
Things I’d like to comment on about Plurk:
- the ability to include video and images in Plurk is cool. I don’t like that the pop-up box disappears if you click on anything else.
- The timeline is really not conducive to tracking anything. Really easy for me to lose friends or find certain posts that I had read or commented on previously.
- Responses tend to take on a life of their own and you could discover some really interesting conversations that have nothing to do with the original post.
I’m going to stop here for now. As far as first impressions go, I’ve decided to stay awhile and determine where this will take me. At some point, I will provide a comparison between Twitter (and no, we’re not cheating 😉 ) and Plurk, if I think it’s worthwhile. In the meantime, see the following posts: