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Am I the first Pinoy Plurker?

12:10 pm PHT

Or at least the first one based in the Philippines? If you don’t know what Plurk is, it’s a Twitter wannabe but apparently cuter and more fun with its innovative timeline presentation of “plurks” and its grouping of responses into threads. (I don’t use Twitter, Pownce, nor Jaiku, so I wouldn’t really know the difference. Yeah, such a boring life I lead.) See Andrew’s post for a view of Plurk from the Twitter perspective.

 Screenshot of my Plurk profile page.

I learned about Plurk, not from the Twitterverse, but from Todoist, a to-do list web application that I raved about last year. Amir Salihefendic is the developer of Todoist and he was tasked to be the lead developer for Plurk. Development for Todoist slowed down late last year and Amir acknowledged that fact via a the Todoist’s What’s New page:

Todoist development (20. december 2007)

As you may have noticed Todoist development has slowed down. This is mainly because of a new (secret) project that we are doing.

Then late last month, I was greeted with this post:

The return of Todoist :-) (26. may 2008)

As I have written before I have been doing a new project for the past 6 months. This project is called Plurk and it’s a social journal that makes it easy to stay in touch with people.

Actually, Plurk was officially launched about a week earlier than that (see Amir’s post) but I only got to know about it from that Todoist news item. I said then, “Another Twitter?” so I held off signing up until May 31 when I said, “What the heck,” and created my profile and did my first plurk.

Plurk was to have been my “secret find.” A sort of Twitter world where I can do my own micro-blogging away from my usual online social spheres. So, imagine my shock when I checked my GMail last Thursday night and saw alerts that said that Noemi and Juned had added me on Plurk. They were just two of the mass of Twitterers from all over the world that flocked to check out Plurk last week. I didn’t expect people to sort of abandon Twitter knowing that Jaiku and Pownce wasn’t able to capture the market. I guess Plurk is just so fresh that many people took an instant liking to it.

Anyway, I think that I have the distinction of being the first Plurker based in the Philippines. I’d certainly like to know if there are other Filipinos who can boast of having “Member since: May 2008” on their Plurk profile page. Hehehe.  :D Update (March 25, 2009): I am actually the second.

Go check Plurk out and sign up for an account if haven’t done so.

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On 2:13 p.m., 9 Jun 2008, Jeff wrote:

I’ve seen Plurk sometime around May as well, but dismissed it as just another Twitter clone and never bothered signing up. I’m actually surprised it’s getting traction right now, despite the total lack of an open API with even just basic features such as posting from a desktop app or some widget outside plurk.com. That, I think, will take adoption to new heights. On the other hand, Twitter really only needs to (1) gracefully scale (2) implement a better threading system; the ecosystem and community in Twitter still has a lot going for it. I, for one, don’t have the time, and even if I did, wouldn’t waste the time posting on two identical micro-blogging services

Long rant, sorry  :-P

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On 1:51 p.m., 10 Jun 2008, seav wrote:

@Jeff, I agree that an API is a must and I’m sure the Plurk team is doing that (the API is the biggest complaint so far). I guess people are flocking to it right now because of the novelty factor. We’ll see in a few months’ time.

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On 7:20 p.m., 12 Jun 2008, kaffee wrote:

Hmmm, have you been successful finding out (if you’re the Philippines’ first Pinoy Plurker, that is)? It’d be interesting to know. Would also like to know if there is a search or function that can rank Plurkers according to location.

Anyhow, cheers from the Islands.

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On 6:49 a.m., 21 Jun 2008, may wrote:

a site has set up a gateway for pinoy plurk members, you can send text mssg to update your timeline.

been using it and it works though sometimes a little late to post.

see http://www.phplurk.com

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