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plurkPlurk is a Twitter clone that offers a wealth of features. Much like “better than Windows” operating systems or “better than Internet Explorer” browsers, Plurk has never managed to surpass Twitter.

In November 2009, Microsoft launched its own microblogging platform in China, featuring an exact copy of the Plurk layout.

In the meantime, Plurk has been adding many new and useful features that put it yet another step ahead of Twitter in terms of user friendliness and coolness.

1. @User Reply

Plurk users with a 40+ Karma can change their display name. To make an @user reply, however, you need to know the original username. Previously this required either knowing or looking it up. Now the name can be added automatically.

Scroll over the user comment you wish to reply to and a little menu will appear to the right. Click on the little speech bubble with the red cross to insert the @user code into your responses. Voilà!

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2. Like Conversations

One of the main points that sets Plurk apart from Twitter is conversations. Users can reply to each message and rather than being lost within chronicle updates, replies are kept together within a threaded conversation. All replies to all plurks of people you are following are displayed in the bottom right and can be viewed by category, i.e. all plurks, my plurks, private, and responded.

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Previously, you would only get updates of plurks that were either yours, private, or ones that you had responded to. Now you can also like a conversation and subsequently follow its replies. Simply click > like in the bottom right of the plurk. The number in the top right by the way indicates the number of replies. So if there are too many comments coming in, just hit > mute.

3. New Badges

Besides Karma, Plurk rewards active users with badges. Recently, a number of new badges were added to the list, including profile views, membership time, number of plurks and replies, Karma 100 club, and many, many more.

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4. Improved Search

This was added quite a while back, but it’s still worth mentioning. Users can now search conversations and view the hottest links, most plurked videos, and Plurk trends by location and time frame (daily or hourly). Unfortunately, locations are limited to Indonesia, China, Philippines, and Global.

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Of course you can continue to search for people on Plurk. Sadly, this is not integrated into the Search tab. You will find a link to the People Search below the search field or in the bottom right of the page.

5. Daily Photo

Of course you could previously upload and add pictures. But Plurk now offers an improved service. You can upload a photo or – and that’s new – take it straight from your webcam. You can either select to > share a “photo” or “webcam photo” from the “action” menu…

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…but you can also be lazy and just use the new tab. After uploading an image, you can of course add text to your plurk before you post it.

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With the “Daily Photo” Plurk is setting the stage for microphotoblogging.

Is There More?

Of course there is more! Let me just quickly mention two more things.

When you hover the mouse cursor over your Karma, a window will pop up revealing your Karma trend of the past couple of days.

Developers will love to hear that Plurk has recently released its API platform. So whatever feature you think is lacking, you can now go ahead and create it.

Did I spark your interest in Plurk? If so, you may be interested in my previous posts about Plurk: Plurk Tips Become a Star in the Plurk Universe With These Tips Become a Star in the Plurk Universe With These Tips Read More and 6 Reasons Why Plurk Beats Twitter 6 Reasons Why Plurk Beats Twitter 6 Reasons Why Plurk Beats Twitter Read More .

What is your experience with Plurk?

  1. Agrippa
    February 24, 2010 at 7:53 am

    I'm a 12 year olds and I abso luvs it! Its the bestest! Plurk ruls lol!

  2. Tech Introvert
    February 12, 2010 at 8:37 am

    Whoa. Those screenshots invalidate any possible argument in favor of Plurk. Think I just had a seizure...

  3. bevsyarncrazy
    February 12, 2010 at 5:58 am

    I rarely ever twitter anymore because plurk is so much more friendlier. There is a very large knit/crochet/fiber community that is flourishing in plurk and I love it. I have met so many new people that I may never have connected with otherwise. Conversations are much easier to follow and sharing pics of what we are working on is much easier too.

    Plurk FTW!!!

  4. Ryan
    February 11, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    I signed up for plurk and so far it doesn't look as interesting to me as twitter does. Have to give it more time and see if I change my mind.

  5. Andrew
    February 11, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    What is interesting, is that Google has just come out with "Buzz," which is in between Twitter and Plurk in terms of features. I would be curious to see how you would compare Buzz in the equation.

  6. Ashutosh
    February 11, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Seriously, who uses Plurk? Twitter itself isn't very large, and Plurk is likely a tenth of Twitter's size. The whole idea of social networks is to stay in touch with people you know and to get to know new people. When a social network doesn't have a large user base in the first place, its purpose is defeated right there, regardless of all features that it has / hasn't. Plurk, Yahoo! Meme, Bebo, Friendster etc. are social networks I wouldn't bother to join because I'm not gonna find anyone in there.

    • El
      February 11, 2010 at 2:39 pm

      Funny thing that...I use Plurk. And I've met more cool people on Plurk than on any other social networking site. It's where the coolest people are; I guess that's why it's so small. Guess I won't be meeting you.

    • Audrey
      February 12, 2010 at 8:36 am

      I agree with you 100%. I am going to check it out.

    • Tina
      February 11, 2010 at 2:55 pm

      @Ashuthosh
      If you're using social networks only to stay in touch with people you already know, then you have a point.

      I'm much more interested in hearing from people I don't already know. With people I know I can keep in touch through eMail, phone calls, Skype, meeting face to face etc. Sure, social networks are a nice addition, but not essential. The adventure starts, when you tap into the unknown.

      Of course you can theoretically meet more people on Twitter or MySpace than on Plurk. But practically there will always be more people than you could ever meet. Thus I pick what is most convenient for me and for me that's Plurk.

    • Audrey
      February 12, 2010 at 8:35 am

      You are so right. I have used My Space and there is so much obscene pictures and information on there until I stopped using it because sometimes the links and URL's don't even work. Then you get message from people who are just plain out right sick. It's too many children on there for me and it is being used for other things beyond Social Networking.

  7. MrCichy
    February 11, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    You should hech polish microblog Blip (blip.pl) - it's far better than Twitter. 160 characters, photos, conversations, messages via SMS or IM - everything is better:)

    • MrCichy
      February 11, 2010 at 2:07 pm

      ^check

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