Still Using Plurk

Wow,

It has been 1 full year since we updated here at “Plurkable”, that is disgusting. I’ve been meaning to make a meaningful post for quite some time. It is on its way so stay tuned.

If you’re new to plurk, considering it, just join it. It’s “same same but different” to many other networks. The threaded conversations is something I find truly innovative and facilitates conversations instead of just “shout outs” if you will.

Stay tuned and what do YOU like about Plurk?

Plurk Not Growing? Why?

I am a bit of a Compete.com junky. I always check to see how much traffic sites get. In fact I have the toolbar installed on almost every PC that I use. Sometime today the Compete.com traffic scores updated and sadly Plurk’s went down.

Plurk’s has gone down 19% according to this metric to ~256,000. Compete is by no means accurate but it’s an indication of trends. Why is Plurk losing people?

I think plurk is continuing to decline for several reasons. Here they are:

1) Plurk is totally original but it’s main page screams generic.
2) The main page has no video on how / why to use this radically new network.
3) Where is the promotion? I have not seen / heard ANYTHING about Plurk … Anywhere.
4) Karma is a B!tch. I’ve noticed most of the Social Media Influencer’s have stopped using Plurk.
5) The Private messages are awesome but lame; no notification AT ALL. That can kill a relationship

There are more but this is enough of a rant for now. Basically I think Plurk needs to get more out there. Have the guys attended any shows? Have they done anything besides ” build it and they will come”? I hope this doesn’t come off as negative. I really do like plurk but if you’re a social media type you have to go where PEOPLE ARE. Where you will constantly meet NEW PEOPLE. I’m not seeing that on plurk. It had a HUGE SURGE in the beginning of Summer 08. In June a few influential Twitter users mentioned plurk and many people moved over. Since then I think the majority have moved back to Twitter.

There are many factors which could explain this but I think it all boils down to Karma being a massive turn off. Does Plurk want a handful of people living on the site or millions of people using the site at their leisure? The admins should think where the service is going and who they want to use it.

It would be a crying shame if Plurk just drifted into the “Gave Twitter a run but got forgotten” category. NOW is the time to do something. So what do you think about Karma?

Slow Slow November at Plurkable

Hello, Salut, Hola,

I’m writing this because I haven’t written anything on the Plurk subject for much too long. Also since I believe this blog will be around for a very long time much like Plurk; why not have atleast 1 post a month!?

If you look at my profile you’ll notice I’m not using Plurk all that often anymore. It’s not that I don’t like plurk; it’s just a phase. It’s natural to move from network to network; forum to forum. You always come back to those you like though.

My #1 Question: When the heck am I going to get email notifications for solo private plurks?

I think plurk is sorta useless as a communication method beyond the public timeline if we aren’t getting notified when someone sends us a solitary private plurk. It means they want a response. On Twitter if someone doesn’t reply to a DM of mine I’m assuming they saw it and chose not to. I mean they DID get an email about it. Not the case on Plurk. I don’t even bother sending private plurks of that nature for this very reason. It’s lame. Did we really get that annoying BEEP whenever we get new plurks instead of this feature? I’m assuming the BEEP was really easy because if not I have no clue why it would take priority.

Ok it’s not ALL bad. Why do I like plurk? Well actually I love the plurk network because unlike twitter you can say “whatever” then reply to it as many times as you wish and engage in a conversation without sending lot’s of noise to everyone else who follows your activities. Try and reply to 5-15 people on twitter without filling your entire front page of tweets. It’s just not setup as well as plurk for conversations imo. That being said plurk did come after twitter; but who really cares.

I’m also a little concerned. The compete.com for plurk hasn’t really gone up over the last 2 updates if I’m correct. I think that means that many people are coming as leaving if they are still having good signup rates.

I know that I have ~2000+ plurker’s in my timeline and on any given “check” it’s usually the same people. I’d be curious to know more about plurk’s stats but I doubt that will happen. I’ve also noticed several higher profile members who used to use the site aren’t using it anymore. It’s too bad as they had very good reach in these networks. I’ve said it once I’ll say it again. While Karma reinforces and is seen as a positive to some hardcore members; it’s seen as a negative and annoying to most imo. I was almost at Nirvana but I let it drift down because well I think its lame. There are 10000’s of networking sites to choose from. Why make one with such a demanding requirement? People will just go elsewhere; which I believe they are doing.

Looks like I’ve satisfied my November quota; hopefully I’ll start using Plurk more often again and have more to write about it.

Stay tuned for more things plurk,
Rob

Email Notification for Single Private Plurks?

Hey everyone,

I’ve been continuing to use Plurk but also branching off into other networks as well. Today’s topic goes back to the issue of private plurks and notification.

If we got notified every time we go a new private message on plurk it would be insane as many people send out large group messages. However this has more to do about the single private plurk messages that are sent in the system; shouldn’t the receiver be notified by email?

Reason why I’m thinking about this is I want to message someone something. I talk with them mostly on Plurk but if I want them to get my private message and actually check it out I figured I had to go with twitter. With twitter when you send a direct message the person is notified in their email. I LIKE that feature.

That’s all I really have to say. It would be great if Plurk could make a mod so that if a private message is sent to only 1 recipient; the recipient gets notified by email.

What do you think?

Stay tuned for more things plurk!

- Rob aka Bloggeries

Why Plurk Really Kicks It - Cliques!

I just recently got back from Blog World and Plurk got no love. I mean the term was almost non existent and there certainly wasn’t much discussion around it. Twitter is where everyone chooses to spend most of their time and I can see why.

Twitter is the biggest bar in town. If you’re going to go “get social” you’re going to twitter. If you aren’t at least including twitter in your list of spots; you’re going to miss most of the party. The number of people on twitter and on it a lot is staggering. Plurk is growing but it’s not the Goliath that is twitter.

What makes plurk a worthy competitor and something totally different besides the GUI? It’s Cliques. On twitter how am you going to talk to a “crew”? Presumably if you have lot’s of friends you’re going to have lot’s of “crews” and be a member of varying activity in all of them. Plurk allows you to chat with ease with a crew of 3 or your entire friends list totally off the public time-line. Imagine trying to generate a good yet still confidential(to some extent) discussion through only direct messaging?

Some would say you could coordinate through email or other networking sites. To that I say you’re right; you could. Thing with plurk is you don’t need to know / give away your email for basic conversation. It makes “being friends” a lot easier in every way.

For a while at Plurk cliques weren’t working properly. For whatever reason people stopped using it as much and my interest began to wane. Now that it’s back I’m seeing lot’s of productive as well as fun group private messages come through my cliques.

Bottom line is if you aren’t on Twitter (@Bloggeries) - Get on it. If you aren’t tapping into the stored “offline” online information pool and power of cliques - Get on it!

Stay tuned for more things plurk,

- Rob

Plurk Should Upgrade Private Plurks

Basically if you get a lot of private plurks, most are group sent to you and 50+ other plurkers. Not replying isn’t required or expected from everyone. However if someone sends one EXCLUSIVELY to you; they probably expect / hoping for a direct reply.

The current problem is that these plurks sent just to you are being lost in the noise of all the others. Checking every private plurk is as logical as checking every single plurk on your timeline. This issue becomes increasingly problematic the more friends you have.

Proposed solution? Make private plurks that are just sent to one person a different color and/or make them always stay at the front of timeline before group ones until they are checked. This will give them the priority they deserve over the mass recipient ones.

I’ve started a plurk discussing the issue here.

Stay tuned for more things plurk,

- Rob

Goodbye PlurkCAST my old friend…

It’s official … PlurkCAST’s are officially dead. However PlurkTalks has been created!

Basically Eric is off the grid and our friend KDFrawg has been running them solo for quite sometime now always generously mentioning Plurkable as part of the casts. I don’t blame Mike for deciding to change it to PlurkTalks… Really there isn’t much left of the original PlurkCasts. PlurkCasts were on talkshoe; Mike has since moved the platform to Stickam and has been doing everything for the last few months.

I’d like to thank KD for all the help and exposure he’s given to a) plurk b) plurkable. Also considering he’s doing everything and doing it alone; he might as well make his own version and go that route.

So it’s that time… Everything must come to an end and the PlurkCAST’s are no more. Be sure to check out Plurkiverse for further details.