Are you as sick of hearing about Twitter as I am?
The problem is that I never “got” Twitter… I tried, I really did. I signed up, followed people, and tweeted regularly, but never really did. I eventually forgot about it.
Considering that microblogging is not something I really like, you might be surprised that I wanted to introduce this service to you. Some say it’s a Twitter clone with better features, but I think it has a lot more potential than that.
For starters, it has a wicked name.
No seriously, the name is really brilliant. It manages to sound properly web 2.0 without killing consonants and even works perfectly as a verb. See how they explain it:
- Plurk as central stalkerati: Ppeople + Stalk = Plurk
- Plurk like an amalgamation of Play + Works: Play-Work. Plurk is what scientists do. It is the enthusiastic and energetic application of oneself to the task at hand while a child enthusiastically plays; it is the intense, arduous and meticulous work of an artist on his lifelong masterpiece; it is a joyful job. (credit)
- Plurk as an acronym: Peace, Love ORity Rspect, Kweapon
- Verb Potential: “Oh, I googled this -> Oh, I put it” Pretty easy to wrap in any way. Plurked, plurking, plurkers, plurks. Little p, big P, she’s catchy, sharp and sweet.
It also demonstrates the sites wry sense of humor, something that really works in this case… *ahem* Sphinn (“Stop right there! We’ll have to see some ID”). In fact, Plurk’s blog is quite entertaining and well worth a read.
You will find a nice and attractive user interface that features a color scheme very similar to the WordPress dashboard. Here is a picture of what you can expect:
As you can see I don’t have any contacts so it’s not much fun at the moment, I’d like to test the service properly so why don’t you join and give it a try too?
One element in particular that I like is the horizontally oriented timeline, rather than the vertical approach of most services. I’ll be interested to see how it will handle a lot of contacts because having to scroll up and down to see the “plurks” is going to be a pain.
Anyway, this isn’t just a launch of Twitter and more features, it’s a whole new take on microblogging and social media in general.
Hope it’s big soon!
(Otherwise expect it to be on TechCrunch’s Deadpool early next week)