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Plurk screenshot.png
Screenshot of a Plurk timeline
Commercial? Yes
Type of site Micro-blogging
Registration Required
Available language(s) Multilingual
Owner Plurk, Inc.
Created by The A-team[1]
Launched May 12, 2008[2]

Plurk is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that allows users to send updates (otherwise known as plurks) through short messages or links, which can be up to 140 text characters in length.

Updates are then shown on the user's home page using a timeline 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 website, by instant messaging, or by text messaging.

Plurk is very popular in Taiwan, Philippines, Indonesia and the United States. According to Alexa, as of February 11, 2010 (2010 -02-11), 34.4% of Plurk's traffic comes from Taiwan, and about 30% of Plurk's traffic comes from Southeast Asia.[3] Plurk is also ranked 24th in Taiwan and 1,062nd worldwide.[3]



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.[4]

The etymology of the name was explained by the developers as such:[5]

Features and technology

Plurk's interface shows updates in horizontal form through a scrollable timeline written in JavaScript and updated through AJAX. Users can post new messages with optional 'qualifiers', which are one-word verbs used to represent a thought (e.g. "feels", "thinks", "loves", etc.). There are also advanced features such as sending updates only to a subset of your friends, posting updates on events earlier in the day, and sharing images, videos, and other media.[6]

Plurk also supports group conversations between friends and allows usage of emoticons together with the usual text micro-blogging.[7]

The developers released public access to API on December 4, 2009 [8]

Availability in other languages

To help translate their base list of qualifiers/verbs into a number of languages, Plurk hosts its own translation website where users can submit translations of the Plurk user interface in their own local language.[9] As of July 2008, Plurk is translated into over twenty languages.


Plurk has often been considered to be a rival to Twitter, an earlier micro-blogging service.[10][11]

In June 2008, Plurk received online attention when it was featured by Leo Laporte and Amber MacArthur on their net@night show in the podcast network.[12][13]

MSN Juku controversy


  1. ^ "The A-Team". Plurk Inc.. Retrieved 2008-07-24. 
  2. ^ Amir Salihefendic (2008-05-12). " opens up". Retrieved 2008-07-24. 
  3. ^ a b - Site Info from Alexa. Retrieved on February 11, 2010.
  4. ^ akan (2008-05-20). "das leben der anderen - a window into the lives of others.". Plurk Inc.. Retrieved 2008-07-23. 
  5. ^ akan (2008-06-02). "‘Plurk’? An etymological deconstruction of the word you love to hate". Plurk Inc.. Retrieved 2008-07-23. 
  6. ^ "FAQ". Plurk, Inc.. Retrieved 2008-07-23. 
  7. ^ Prashant Sharma. "Why Plurking is more fun than tweeting". TechPluto. Retrieved 2008-09-20. 
  8. ^ alvin (2009-12-04). "Plurk API Service". 
  9. ^ akan (2008-06-28). "Introducing the Plurk Collaborative Translation Project - Help Us Bring Plurk to your Language". Plurk Inc.. Retrieved 2008-07-23. 
  10. ^ Michael Muchmore (2008-06-23). " - Full Review - Reviews by PC Magazine". Ziff Davis Publishing Holdings Inc..,2817,2321480,00.asp. Retrieved 2008-07-23. 
  11. ^ Stii Pretorius (2008-06-03). "Plurk, the new Twitter?". Mail & Guardian Online. Retrieved 2008-07-23. 
  12. ^ Amber MacArthur and Leo Laporte (2008-06-04). "net@night 55: Tiffany Roll". Retrieved 2008-07-24. 
  13. ^ Rafe Needleman (2008-06-02). "Plurk: Like Twitter, in good and bad ways". CNET Networks, Inc.. Retrieved 2008-07-23. "An influx of users over the weekend (which is being blamed on or credited to Leo Laporte) has apparently overloaded the system, and occasionally users may find elements of it not working." 

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