Malleable Musings

December 17, 2008

Twitter vs Plurk

Filed under: Plurk — Tags: , , — Brendan @ 8:44 am

Last night, I finally took the plunge with Twitter.

I happened to have with me my work laptop with several thousand student email addresses on it and thought what the hell and so I set up a work account and checked how many students were using Twitter (imported file in to a Gmail account – in case you’re wondering).

Interestingly, just over 1% of the students had twitter accounts registered from these email addresses (WOW because if anything I would have had this segment of students down as the least likely to engage with micro-blogging).

So anyway I now have an account where I’m following 200 people (most of the 200 aren’t active Twitterers) and so far eight are following me back.

How will I use this – I don’t yet know! It’s interesting just as another way of getting an insight in to students lives but I guess we’ll probably also integrate a news feed (maybe segmented).

What was interesting to me is the response it provoked.

I was a bit worried about some sort of backlash, that students might feel that this was too much of an intrusion.

However from the first responses it seems I shouldn’t have worried…

First Twitter Response
First Twitter Response

For info my response was:

First Twitter reply
First Twitter reply

[* Not sure of etiquette here – I wondered about blurring names in the images above but they are in the public domain anyway. Anyone have a view?]

Ultimately, I think this sort of route is inevitable but it has me worried, so you can guess how some of my more conservative colleagues would feel about this.

I guess I’m busy taking (and teaching colleagues how to take) small babysteps with technology whilst something like this would probably be considered a full-blown Olympic standard gymnastics routine by some of my colleagues.

One interesting thing that I did notice amongst my new found Twitter friends was how many people were saying that Plurk seemed like a much better / more popular platform.

So I started briefly looking at Plurk to see if the same thing could be done to gain a wider sample size.

It’s user base certainly isn’t as large and the Alexa comparison data doesn’t look too great yet – but I don’t think my new friends could be wrong, could they?

I guess I’ll investigate more tonight. For now I’d better get on with the day job.



  1. Plurk is ok but its not so easy to comment and walk away from it.

    Comment by Hannah — December 18, 2008 @ 11:45 am

  2. Hannah,

    Thanks for the comment.

    I still haven’t found the time to look at Plurk properly – but that was my initial reaction too.

    Comment by Brendan — December 18, 2008 @ 12:23 pm

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