Karma or Friends? What Really Matters?

Why are you using Plurk? Are you an angry teenager who wants to show off to his friends with his karma score or are you an internet marketer, engineer, designer, consultant or enthusiast? Are you looking to for another ego stroke that does nothing for you or are you looking to make new connections and create?

Connections are what social media is all about in my mind. Everyone that I know on Plurk now was always online; I just never knew how or where to contact them. Now it’s easy you simply join their conversation and if you feel like it even add them as a friend. That’s how relationships are built; mutual respect.

What kind of stuff can go down through social media? Here’s an example; you run a large resource in a niche and find someone else with a similar one. You talk a bit over social media then go straight to the phone. The result? A new collaboration between two companies that work well together. Another example; meet some people from your niche who are an authority. Just because you aren’t known yet doesn’t make you any less competent. Connect with these people and give them something of value for their site and in return you get added exposure. This is through networking; making friends. Read the rest of this entry…

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Plurk Karma - Why Stop the Fun at 50?

Follow the Path to EnlightenmentIn Plurk when you reach 50 on the karma scale and get the latest upgrades; the fun just sorta stops. Sadly there are no more background colors, plurk buddies, emoticons, fun new stuff…

One area that could definitely use an upgrade is the ways to express yourself. Would be nice if your choices increased in accordance with your karma. A few suggestions off the top of my head include admits, dislikes, wonders, found, eat, yells, hears etc… Also maybe give users a greater ability to talk past tense?

Please join the discussion on this plurk page.

Plurk users with 50+ karma are the most dedicated users of the network. Shouldn’t they Read the rest of this entry…

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Plurk Karma Secrets Unraveled

Plurk KarmaPlurk Karma is an interesting little creature. We constantly tell ourselves it isn’t really important, yet we can’t wait to see the next update. Many of our peers and fellow Plurkers say not to worry about it because Karma is designed to benefit those without motive of personal reward.

Ignoring Karma would be easy to do, if it actually worked the way real Karma should… but it doesn’t. Let’s take a look at the Wikipedia entry for the word Karma.

Through the law of karma, the effects of all deeds actively create past, present, and future experiences, thus making one responsible for one’s own life, and the pain and joy it brings to him/her and others.

The flaw of Plurk Karma is that it has rules. If you don’t follow these rules, your Karma drops. Traditional Karma operates in a random manner that rewards good deeds that do not have selfish motive, yet Plurk Karma does the complete opposite. In fact, most, if not all Plurkers take actions that bring Karma because they know it will bring Karma. And if we as Plurkers do not follow the rules set forth by the Karma gods, our Karma will fall.

So it’s important to note up front that Plurk Karma in no way operates like real Karma. It never has, and it likely never will.

If Karma is not important to you, and you see no need to work on keeping it on the upward slope, the rest of this post will probably not be for you. If you do, however, wish to succeed in Karma, read on. Read the rest of this entry…

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Is the new Plurk Karma Algo a FAIL?

I believe the new Plurk Karma ALGO has several flaws that turn the site against the general idea of social networking. I’ll explain my thoughts on this during the coming week, but in the meantime you can catch a discussion going on here.

Please join the thread and let us know your thoughts on the new Plurk Karma ALGO.


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Plurk Karma Trends Updated

Plurk Karma UpdateRyan Lim has again updated the Plurk Karma Trends Graphs. The graph proves our earlier assertion that Plurk is punishing loyal users by dropping Karma when a Plurker takes a day away from the site. If you look at my trend graph, you’ll see that the only dip occurred when I was off of Plurk for two and a half days.

Bloggeries is running an experiment this weekend that will likely prove this to be correct as well, although Amix recently announced that a new Karma ALGO is in place, which could yield different results. Time will tell.

Either way, you can now grab your updated graph over at Plurk Karma Trends.

-Eric Odom

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The Plurk Karma Algo

Plurk ALGODarren Rowse recently put together a post about the average stats of all top Plurkers. The following are the averages he posted.

* # of Plurks - 838
* # of Plur Responses - 3477
* # of Friend Invites - 10.2
* # of Profile Views - 689
* # of Friends - 82
* # of Fans - 56
* Length of time on Plurk - 3 months
* Also worth noting - all of the top 10 had logged in and been active within the last 24 hours. They are all active in the short term as the long term

My read from this is that by constantly staying active and being conversational, your karma will stay on the positive move.

Here is where it gets interesting… thanks to Plurk Karma Trends, I’ve discovered that your Karma will drop by simply not logging in for a day or two. You can see my Plurk User Karma Trend Graph here.

As the graph shows, my Karma started to drop Sunday morning when I began traveling to Wisconsin. Then, yesterday I went the entire day without access to wifi or internet. It wasn’t until today that I got a chance to log back in and start Plurking again.

Sure enough… my Karma is back on the rise.

So while we do not know the ALGO for Plurk Karma, we do know that it is heavily based on constant activity.

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