26.2.09

Living with plurk instead of twit or pownce or jaiku

I am confused.

A blogger friend told me about another "free social networking and micro-blogging service that allows users to send updates (otherwise known as plurks) through short messages or links". Messages "can be up to 140 text characters in length".

Accordingly, wikipedia says that plurk "updates are then shown on the user's home page using a time line which lists all the updates received in chronological order, and delivered to other users who have signed up to receive them. Users can respond to other users' updates from their timeline through the Plurk.com website, by instant messaging", or by SMS messaging.

Furthermore, wiki says, PLURK stands for:

P eace
L ove
U nity
R espect
K arma

Here's more from wikipedia:

"Plurk was developed by and envisioned as a communication medium meant to form a balance between blogs and social networks, and between e-mail messaging and instant messaging. After months of development, Plurk was launched on May 2008".

The etymology of the name was explained by the developers as:

* abbreviation of 'people' and 'lurk'
* portmanteau of 'play' and 'work'
* acronym of peace, love, unity, respect, and karma
* verb neologism, similar to how Google was eventually used as a verb

I am inclined to try plurk.