Plurk? Interesting

Plurk Interface
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I’ve played around a bit with Plurk, since Joe Brennan invited me to join — knowing now that my acceptance has beefed up his Karma.  I’m not even going to try to explain. 

It’s an interesting application, or platform for communication.  It’s like Twitter, but probably more like blogging than Twitter is.  The difference between Twitter and Plurk, that I’ve observed so far, is that a single Plurk message, can be commented on, turning itself into a conversation — just like commenting on a blog.  It’s micro-blogging in that you’re limited to 140 characters, just like Twitter.  But it is blogging, because it facilitates conversation more effectively.

An understanding of the currency of Plurk, karma points, still eludes me, and there is much about the interface that is still confusing.  But having just come off of NECC and having enjoyed using CoverItLive so much during the few sessions I attended, there is something about the interface with Plurk comments that appeals to me.

Imagine a conference schedule page that is laid out just like plurk — a time line of sessions, with slots for each concurrent breakout.  The slots can be clicked on, unfolding a conversation about what’s being said — hyper-backchanneling. 

It’s probably that my mind is still tangled up with NECC.

16 minutes before I head for the airport.

Author: David Warlick

David Warlick has been an educator for the past 40+ years. He continues to do some writing, but is mostly seeking his next intersect between play, passion and purpose, dabbling in photography, drone videography and music production.