Plurk Is Like Twitter’s Outgoing Little Sister

I spent a little time getting familiar with Plurk the other night. I have to admit, it is amazingly addicting. Its a lot like Twitter, but much more social. In my opinion, Plurk can be described as the younger, gabby, outgoing sibling of Twitter.

How Plurk Works

In my book, what makes a good Web 2.0 application is one that has figured out how to manage tons of information in an easy to use interface. In this regard, Plurk has done an amazing job. Plurk’s “About” page defines Plurk as:

A really snazzy site that allows you to showcase the events that make up your life in deliciously digestible chunks. Low in fat, 5 calories per serving, yet chock full of goodness.

In the simplest form, it is a lot like Twitter in that you’ve got 140 characters in which to Microblog something. Unlike Twitter, you can choose up to 16 different verbs. Where Twitter always answers the question “What are you doing?”, Plurk allows you to change the question to “JeffBuzz [says, is, loves, wants, hates, has,…etc.]“. Plurk also allows you to post smiley faces or even images from Flickr (very scaled down, of course).

Instead of your Plurks (as opposed to your Tweets) coming in vertically, as they do on Twitter, they come in horizontally along a scrollable timeline. This takes a little getting used to at first. For some reason, the timeline reads right to left which, to me, seems unnatural. I guess my Westernized mind is more comfortable reading it left to right. Its very cool how you can just click and pull the timeline to the left to view Plurks back in time.

Except for a few minor nuances, Plurk sounds pretty much the same as Twitter so far, right? Here is where Plurk gets real crazy…on each individual Plurk you can leave a response and form a discussion. See what I mean about managing tons of data? Not only are you seeing all of your friends’ Plurks, but you can also see the discussion on each one! The result is an application that is a lot like Twitter but much more social. Check out the screenshot below.

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There really isn’t much to dislike about Plurk. My biggest complaint is that it is another time-suck that will distract me from focusing on what I should be doing! The payoff could be worth it though. Because of the social nature of the service, I find it much easier to meet people and establish friendships than Twitter. Because its so easy to exchange messages with people, the friendships actually mean something, unlike many other social media apps where you have no clue who you are adding as a “friend”.

Within 5 minutes of using Plurk, I had my first friend. When I saw who it was, I must say…I immediately became hooked.

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I still like Twitter for its simplicity. But when I have time to kill, there’s a good bet you can find me on Plurk.

You can follow me on both Twitter and Plurk:


Don’t Run Another Contest Until You’ve Read This!!!

Introducing the FREE Contest Winner Picker!

If you’ve been reading my blog, you know that I don’t particularly like contests. I would rather give stuff away for free. In keeping with my philosophy of giving back to the blogosphere, I am happy to introduce the FREE Contest Winner Picker. Just because I don’t like contests, doesn’t mean they don’t serve a good purpose. And if you run a contest on your blog, I am sure you will find this VERY useful.

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How Does It Work?

It is very simple to use. The Contest Winner Picker (if you have a better idea for the name, please let me know!), allows you to provide a list of contest entries and their chances of winning. The tool will then tally up each entry according to their number of chances and then pick a random entry as the selected winner. Since most contests offer participants 10 chances for this or 20 entries that, the Contest Winner Picker takes all the hard work out of calculating everyone’s odds. All you have to do is provide your list of entries as a comma separated text file, and the tool will spit back your winner, along with the odds they were faced with.

What Should The Entry File Look Like?

The list of entries is very straight forward. The tool expects a comma separated text file that has one participant per line. The first value must be a number value that represents the number of chances of winning. Then a comma. After the comma, you can include an email address, a website URL, an entry ID, or anything else you need. The tool will just return this entire line so it can be anything you want. All I care about is the first number. You can create your text file in your favorite text editor like Notepad or Textpad. Or you could list all your entires in Excel and save as a CSV file. Just make sure the chances of winning is the first item on the line. Below is a sample of what the entry file should look like.

2,,, Joe’s Blog
5,,, Tom’s Blog
10,,, Bill’s Blog

This file assumes that Joe has 2 in 17 chances, Tom has 5 in 17, and Bill has 10 in 17. It will then pick a random winner between 1 and 17, and return the one line from the file associated with that winner. Once you have your file put together, simply select it using the form below and click “Get Winner”. The tool will instantly return your winner. Simple, right?

What’s The Catch

There is no catch. As you know, the purpose of my blog is to help out other bloggers. This is just another example. All that I ask is when you announce your winner, please give me a little shout-out and a link back to this post. I would also appreciate a comment on this post so I can check out your contest. That’s it. Oh…and don’t worry. I am not saving the information or using it for any other purpose. The file gets read from the HTTP request on the fly and once the results are shown, I no longer have the data.

I hope you find this helpful. Let me know if you have any problems or additional suggestions. Without further ado, I present to you the Free Contest Winner Picker.