And so can actually all social networks be! I but let’s talk about Plurk for the mean time as this is a very unique incident that happened to me, when I once bumped into the life of a plurk addict, or should I say a plurk addicted section at a specific school? Though, I haven’t met all of them yet, honestly speaking only having met one of them, makes me still say that Plurk can really be pretty much addictive, even for the new ones that you don’t think that might find plurk that interesting, talking about the ones of low karma.
But does this Karma stuff really makes sense? Or is it just ann add-on that attracts people and makes other loose interest on it? For sure, both ideas may be taken into consideration, but which weighs heavier?
I took a little survey a few hours back about social networking and social networks and emphasized there the contribution or what we can consider advantage that plurk brings to the community, but I never had in mind to discuss the hot topic, Karma. Whether it’s good nor bad, well, that’s what makes plurk a hell lot addicting unlike Twitter where mostly serious people and sensefull people reside. Though, I may not consider myself as one of those that make sense.
I won’t force the issue any longer and go deeper into the real essence of this post, trying to convince and make you understand how dangerous the world of plurk is, in a good way.
PLURK, banned at a School’s Computer Laboratory?!
The addiction of some students to the plurk service has gone that far that faculty of a certain school had to block the access to plurk.com for its students. Well, the little micro blogging service is far behind from the fame of Friendster (which is slowly going down), but heck, banning such site makes me go OMG! What’s only missing now is that Plurk will go to the default list of disallowed websites during class hours at school. But when is that going to happen?
It certainly won’t take that long when we would take a look at the second item that I have for you suggesting that Plurk is really something addictive.
Talking about Plurk is okay, but teasing each other about low karma is something different.
At some point the discussion regards to the Karma as being something negative closes to an end and leads to a few facts that speak in favor for it’s existence. Karma, somehow, is something unique that not all serices feature. It makes the fun more exciting, and more entertaining. Seeing your popularity aka Karma move up and down as you proceed your own way through the plurk world by responding to plurks, creating your owns and connecting with fellow plurkers. It has reached that far that there are even some who are quarelling because of Karma and one shouting upon the other that the latter has got less karma than the one who is speaking, in other words, they are starting teasing each other and challenging themselves get higher karma.
A good boost in karma is always a little bonus and adds confidence to ones person who’s got a high share of Karma aka Popularity, while for the latter who has not much in terms of karma, it’s quiet shameful and making them feel voiceless in the plurk world. Imagine your Twitter time line being flooded with plurks twits about what people are doing just to get their profile updated to not have their popularity fall, it would really take down ones twitting credibility if you would do such nuisance act. Who cares about how much litter of water you nailed during your morning pee session?
The issue that I am trying to raise here is that Plurk is growing, and continues to grow every minute and every plurk created. A community that has it’s pros and it’s cons and is of sorts of variety, some that talk about personal stuff, while the others discuss something more serious. Plurk is there and shall remain there for the ones who need to interact with other people in an easy and ungeeky manner, especially during the abscence of Twitter when it was so much in demand in 2008.
The addiction may lead far further and I do have a slight glimpse of what could happen in the next days or weeks to come in the plurk world. Would there even be people or should I rather say students who would cut classes just to get their time line updated? We’ve got a few crazy kids around our ages who keep killing themselves and are blood thirsty after the “first blood” and dota, and such a social gateway like plurk that slowly stands on its own feet while Friendster bows down to its knees in the recent months may be just another product of technology and the human mind that may distract the course of students at school.
Be wary, plurk is addictive.period. And if you still don’t know what it is, then it’s time that you get your own plurk account.