How does Plurk work?

Jun 5, 2008
Updated • Dec 13, 2012

Are you as sick of hearing about Twitter as I am?

See the problem is that I never really “got” Twitter… I tried, I really did. I signed up and followed people and Twittered regularly, but it never really did it for me. Eventually I just forgot about it.

Enter Plurk.

Considering micro-blogging isn’t something I’ve really got into you may be surprised I wanted to introduce you to this service. Some say it’s just a better featured Twitter clone, but I think it has a great deal more potential then that.

It’s got a wicked name for a start.

No seriously, the name is actually brilliant. It manages to sound suitably web 2.0 without taking a killing the consonants and even works perfectly as a verb. Check out how they explain it:

  • Plurk as stalkerati central: People + Lurk = Plurk
  • Plurk as an amalgam of Play + Work: Play-Work. Plurk is what scientists do. It is the enthusiastic, energetic application of oneself to the task at hand as a child excitedly plays; it is the intense arduous, meticulous work of an artist on their life-long masterpiece; it is joyful work. (credit)
  • Plurk as acronym: Peace, Love, Unity, Respect, Karma
  • Verb potential: “Oh I googled this –> Oh I plurked it” Easy enough to wrap around in any form. Plurked, plurking, plurkers, plurks. Little p, big P, it’s catchy, snippy and sweet.

I agree.

It also demonstrates the sites tongue-in-cheek sense of humour, something which actually works in this case… *ahem* Sphinn (“Stop right there! We’re going to have to see some ID”). In fact the Plurk blog is quite entertaining and worth a read.

You’ll find a nice attractive UI which features a colour scheme very similar to the WordPress dashboard. Here is an image of what to expect:

As you can see I have no contacts so it’s not very fun at the moment, I would like to test drive the service properly so so why don’t you join up and try it out too!

One particular element I’m liking is the horizontal orientated timeline, rather then the vertical focus of most services. I’ll be interested to see how it’ll handle a lot of contacts because having to scroll across and down to view “plurks” will be a pain.

Anyway, this isn’t just a Twitter-plus-more-features start-up, it’s a whole new take on micro-blogging and social networking in general.

Expect it to be big soon!

(If not, just expect it to be in TechCrunch’s Deadpool by early next week)


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  1. craig said on April 30, 2011 at 6:26 pm
  2. kenna said on August 28, 2008 at 8:55 am

    I agree with you on this one. I did my best to actually like twitter, but with plurk, your first plurk msg won’t certainly be your last.

  3. Josh said on June 13, 2008 at 7:35 am

    Whoops sorry for not replying and thanks Thomas

    here is my profile URL:

  4. Angelo R. said on June 5, 2008 at 10:33 pm
    Reply feel free to add me to your list of plurkers

  5. GRTerrero said on June 5, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    Personally I don’t understand any of it. Microblogging seems like the new instant messenger; more apt to appeal to those teenaged kids that hang out at the mall texting each other all day.

    Besides, why bother with a short, uber-condensed snippet of conversation? It’s like prefering the sound bite to an in-depth editorial.

  6. The Tech Juice said on June 5, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    I’m going to give this service a shot. So far I’ve been using twitter, and I haven’t seemed to be ‘caught’ by it.

    Perhaps Plurk will change my mind about social update services like Twitter.

    Btw, Could you post your Plurk profile on here so I have someone to follow? I don’t know of anyone using this service yet.

    The Tech Juice

  7. David Bradley said on June 5, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    Too plurking right!

    See it works as substitute expletive too ;-)


  8. Sridhar Katakam said on June 5, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    What is your Plurk URL?

  9. Thomas Murphy said on June 5, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    Peace, Love, Unity, Respect, Karma.

    Very creative joshua!

  10. darkkosmos said on June 5, 2008 at 11:45 am

    OMG someone is bored of twitter?! Blasphemy!! Actually I hate twitter too, I don’t get what’s so awesome about posting where you are so stalkers can get you eaier

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