Plurking, pinging, and other social networking stuff…

Within the past week, I’ve been introduced to more social networking sites. Thanks to Stevi Deter for the Bright Kite invite. I’m still tinkering with this location-based social network (as they claim on their site). Today was my first day using it, but I’ll play with it more throughout the week and talk about it in another post.

Today, I want to tell you about Plurk. I had seen many messages go by on Twitter with people talking about it, and I had read about it on Brenda’s blog. So I followed her link and checked it out.

What does Plurk have to offer that Twitter doesn’t have?

While looking at plurk, there were a few things I noticed that it has that Twitter doesn’t.

  • Timelines: Plurk has a visual representation of when people plurk. Unfortunately, the timeline goes right to left (as opposed to the left to right that most of us would expect). But despite that little quirk, it’s nice to see the conversations in a timeline.
  • Threading: Plurk does threading in-line. So if you have a post and people reply to it, it’s all kept to one plurk. For example, tonight I made a post on what I was making for dinner and Stevi responded. You can see the threaded message here. If you look at my Plurk page, you can see what it looks like. Some of my plurk friends get more responses, like this plurk. But you can see the responses to a plurk either on the timeline or look at the plurk pages, as I have linked.
  • Verbs: Twitter is free-form, and Plurk can be free-form. But it also offers verbs to choose from: loves, likes, gives, is, was, wants, wishes, hates, shares, feels, thinks, asks, shares, will, and has. So if you like to use verbs in place, they have verbs that apparently don’t count towards the 140 character limit.
  • Multiple languges: Now normally I wouldn’t care about language support, as I typically stick with English. But I’m impressed to see that there’s support for a variety of languages – including Spanish, Chinese, Brazilian Portuguese, Hungarian, and Italian. There are other languages as well. When you change your plurk language, the verbs change to that language as well. I tested out looking at Spanish and Chinese, and it’s pretty neat to see that they do that.
  • Sharing pictures inline: There are things like TwitPic for sharing pictures on Twitter. But with plurk, it’s as simple as putting the URL in the plurk and the picture will show inline on the timeline. For example, I shared deep fried Twinkies on plurk. If you click the picture, it opens the picture in its own window, including a link to the image.
  • Cliques: You can group your fans/friends into cliques and send plurks to a particular group of people, rather than to the whole world. You can also do private plurks, much like direct messages on Twitter. So if you have a lot of friends but want to group them and send a message to a particular group, plurk will let you do that.

See for yourself!

Now you don’t have to take my word for it. But if you click on the link to my Plurk page or the Plurk link on my links on the right side, you can try it out for yourself.

Posting to multiple social networking sites

And for those of you who are getting tired of having to post statuses in multiple places, you may want to check out ping.fm. This site lets you post to many sites at once – including Twitter, Jaiku, Pownce, Tumblr, MySpace, Facebook, Plurk, BrightKite, and many others. If you want a beta code for it, either email me at sarah at codinggeekette dot com or IM me or call me or get a hold of me however you typically would get a hold of me. (And if you’re trying to find me on social networking sites, I’m typically sadukie. So if you can’t find me on one, drop me an invite or tell me about it and I’ll check it out.)

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