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How does it work?
- The first thing to know is that Plurk is absolutely, 100% Free to use!
- The first step to get started is to sign up, which you can do by going to Plurk's Home Page at http://www.plurk.com/
- There are tools at the bottom of Plurk's Page that help you to familiarize yourself with Plurk's service. Click Start Guide to get a basic tutorial.
- Then you start Plurking, you can post about what you're doing, how you feel, and what you are thinking on your timeline that is visible to the world. You can use things such as instant messaging or text messages Plurk to update your profile.
- Now that you have started Plurking, you can Plurk on others profiles as well, comment on your friends comments and watch as they comment you back.
Briefly, what does one have to do to start using it?
- The first thing you have to do is register with Plurk, then you can Plurk away to your heart's content. Top
- For a more visual demonstration on how Plurk is used, here are several videos that show the basics of Plurk.
What are the parts of Plurk?
Staying Safe on Plurk
Being able to easily share information with other people means it is important that you are careful about the things you choose to share with others on Plurk and the people who can see these things. To make your plurking experience as safe and productive as possible, here are 10 general rules we think you should follow:
1. Only add REAL friends to your friends list - If you don't really know someone in real life, you should NOT add them to your friends list or be sharing your lifestream with them.
2. Limit your friends list to your closest buddies - Quality over quantity. Try to keep your friends list to less than 200 people. Plurk shouldn't be an arms race about how many friends you have.
3. Keep your privacy settings restricted - By default, Plurk ensures that only you and your friends are able to see your plurks. While you have the option of sharing your plurks with friends of friends (FOF) or the whole world, we recommend you only use these settings if you are over 18 and understand the risks that come with sharing your lifestream with people you may not know.
4. Try not to plurk more than 30 times a day - Limit your plurks to the more important or interesting things that happened throughout the day.
5. Don't share personal information in your plurks - Resist the temptation to share personal information, cell phone numbers, addresses or any other information in your plurks that you don't want your friends (or even strangers) to know or find out.
6. Make good use of cliques and individual plurk privacy options - Sometimes you will find you want to plurk something ONLY to specific friends on your buddy list. If you're in a band, you might plurk something only with your bandmates. If you're on a soccer team, you might just want to send a plurk to only friends who are on your team. Make good use of buddy clique and advanced plurk settings to get your plurks to the people who ought to see them.
7. Don't make your plurks too long - You're limited to 140 characters per plurk. Plurk is meant to be a good way to share small messages with the people around you.
8. Use the response feature properly - Don't create a new plurk to respond to an old plurk. You'll help keep your timeline and dialogues more organized this way.
9. Be careful what you say about other people in your plurks - Remember, by default, your plurks go out to ALL your friends. Keep your plurk experience positive and use plurk to share things you're comfortable in sharing with those around you.
10. Keep it fun
1. Plurk.com. "Plurk FAQ". Retrieved on July 7, 2009.
- Plurk Screenshot from TeamPlurk profile edited by Kayla Yates: http://www.plurk.com/TeamPlurk
- Plurking Image and explanation: http://static.plurk.com/static/faq_img/plurk-faq.jpg
- Video on getting started with Plurk: http://blip.tv/file/1030933/
- YouTube User: NikPeachey Video on getting started with Plurk: http://blip.tv/file/1030933/
- YouTube User: blogspinner Video on getting started with Plurk: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5658C9DG1w8