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The karma system at Plurk is much too needy in its current state. It’s no surprise that some sources claim plurks numbers are down. This same piece also mentions that those that are into it are really into it.
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from MattMcGee 2221 Days ago #
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This one takes the words right out of my mouth. I’m tired of trying to appease the Plurk gods every day. Who needs ’em?

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from andrewburnett 2221 Days ago #
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Agree entirely, though ultimately (plurk) karma does nothing of any real value anyway.

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from NickWilsdon 2221 Days ago #
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Karma is completely useless in the Plurk system and hints to me that they aimed the system at a much younger demographic to Twitter. At best you get some smilies, given free with any copy of phpBB. You soon realise that any HTML code can actually be copied and pasted into the chatbox though, so why not hotlink your own images? I don’t think this is the reason plurk isn’t more successful though. The main one is that it is a chat rather than a messaging platform. No apps or reply notifications seperate this from Twitter - and not in a good way.

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from mpilatow 2221 Days ago #
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Yeah Nick, I agree that no apps is hurting them. They are now on Friend Feed so that is a move in the right direction. I actually prefer Plurk myself. Mostly because it is more conversational than Twitter.

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from bloggeries 2221 Days ago #
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I prefer plurk for the same reasons as you mpilatow.

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from ZakNicola 2221 Days ago #
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Plurk would be so much better if the Karma score didnt hinder it’s functions for the users.

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from designandpromote 2220 Days ago #
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No time for plurkin, I got real work to do.

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from yojpotter2 2220 Days ago #
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Plurk is only great for personal uses..but when it comes to business other sites are better.

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from MasterofPuppets 2220 Days ago #
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I liked Plurk a lot the first few days but like Twitter I got bored of it really fast.

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from JamesDuthie 2219 Days ago #
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I agree with Nick completely. Karma and its "benefits" (emoticons) seem to demonstrate they were aiming the product at teens. The colours and interface verify this suspicion for me.

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from tamar 2218 Days ago #
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"I agree with Nick completely. Karma and its "benefits" (emoticons) seem to demonstrate they were aiming the product at teens. The colours and interface verify this suspicion for me. "Interesting observation.  Maybe they were.  Still, I find it a great community building tool and I hate the Karma concpet.  That on top of Plurk’s recent quirks don’t do it for me as much, but I still love the community therein.

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from JamesDuthie 2218 Days ago #
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I agree Tamar. I haven’t abandoned it because of the community building and networking element. Plus, it can be fun.I guess the trick is to just ignore the high maintenance karma algo...

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