Twitter and Twits everywhere! The blogs that I frequent have Twitter on their sidebar now as compared to months back, where micro-blogging was less promoted on their blogs. I rode the Twitter tide only this November after having convinced myself to give it a try because I already have Plurk, which is also a free social networking and micro-blogging service.
I have Plurk so why sign up for Twitter? It’s like registering for another blog (when I already have one) and publishing the same post twice; one on each blog. This doesn’t make sense, right? But how wrong was I to think that both micro-blogging services are similar. After Twitting for almost a month, I noticed the huge differences between Plurk and Twitter, of which I’m going to mention.
The number 1 difference is the company.
It depends on who I want to stay connected with; my real life buddies or the anime blogsphere. The majority of the animeblogsphere use Twitter. Log in to Twitter to receive first hand updates, to receive replies, and news from the various bloggers themselves. On the other hand, if you’re looking for an anime blogger to follow in Plurk, you can add me, and me alone, and only me. I will be your only Plurk friend in the anime blogsphere.
Though I have only a few friends in Plurk, they’re my close buddies and they don’t use Twitter. We post silly things in Plurk but I enjoy what I’m doing. So it all depends on what you’re looking for. As long as you enjoy the company that you’re in, whichever service would do.
I’d be lucky to be able to load Twitter normally. I often receive “unable to connect to server” messages and most of the time, I need to refresh the page again so that the page formatting would look normal. Panther mentioned a solution before; the TwitterFox plug-in but I only Twit once or twice a day. If I’m to install anything, I’d have installed the Plurk Firefox Sidebar instead.
Plurk has emoticons and a time line interface.
I love emoticons. I frequently use emoticons on msn and have a folder for emoticons in my laptop. Twitter is plain simple text. To make a smiley face, do this (:
Plurk runs on a time line system where updates fit into a horizontal-like graph. If you have a magnitude of friends that Plurk a lot, expect your time line to be messy. Sometimes I find it hard to determine the time an update was posted due to the multiple time line. It’s neater in Twitter as updates are arranged one after the other. All I need to do is to go back a few pages and start reading.
Plurk has initiatives.
To encourage activity, Plurk has a “Karma system” where the more points one has, the better. Plurking constantly, replying, updating the profile and recruiting more friends are some of the ways to increase points. With more points, cooler looking emoticons are unlocked, along with additional features like icons change. Twitter, on the other hand, does not have such initiatives.
Plurk has a list of useless verbs.
Twitter is freestyle; where I can type anything under the sky and my updates will appear after my nick. Plurk has a list of verbs that followed my nick and I can choose to continue the sentence. It’s a challenge to use all the verbs regularly, especially the verb “hate”. I can’t hate something everyday can I? However, there’s also freestyle in Plurk (where I can choose not to use any of the verbs) but if I’m to go freestyle, it’s no different from Twitter. My most used verbs on Plurk are “says” and “is”.
Overall I prefer Plurk to Twitter because of the interface, the loading speed, and the emoticons. The emoticons are additions but not a necessity as I can Plurk without them but still, I find such additions welcoming. Is Twitter attractive because of its simplicity or could its popularity in the anime blogsphere due to the company that one can find there? Lastly, does anyone want to come over to become my Plurk buddy? (: