Screenshot of a Plurk timeline
|Type of site||Micro-blogging|
|Created by||The A-team|
|Launched||May 12, 2008|
|Alexa rank||1,739 (December 2013[update])|
Plurk is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that allows users to send updates (otherwise known as plurks) through short messages or links, which can be up to 210 text characters in length (previously 140).
Updates are then shown on the user's home page using a timeline, which lists all the updates received in chronological order, and delivered to other users who have chosen to receive them. Users can respond to other users' updates from their timeline through the Plurk.com website, by private or instant messaging, or by text messaging via compatible third party applications.
Plurk was developed by and envisioned as a communication medium meant to form a balance between blogs and social networks, and between e-mail messaging and instant messaging. After months of development, Plurk was launched on May 12, 2008.
The etymology of the name was explained by the developers as such:
- abbreviation of 'people' and 'lurk'
- portmanteau of 'play' and 'work'
- acronym of peace, love, unity, respect, and karma
- verb neologism, similar to how Google was eventually used as a verb
While it is difficult to track down the names of the creators of Plurk, and the "A-Team" link listed under "creator" leads to a page that lacks any real information, it is known that the current CEO is Danny Lin. In January 2013, it was announced that the company has been headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, while it has landed [an] undisclosed amount of funding." 
Features and technology
Plurk also supports group conversations between friends and allows usage of emoticons together with the usual text micro-blogging. Plurk also supports the upload of users' own pictures as emoticons.
Due to messages being sent between users in near-realtime, many users use Plurk as an alternative to chat.
Availability in other languages
To help translate their base list of qualifiers/verbs, Plurk hosts its own translation website where users can submit translations of the Plurk user interface in other languages. As of July 2008, Plurk is translated into over twenty languages.
MSN Juku controversy
In November 2009, MSN China launched an Internet application called MSN Juku in beta. Observers noted similarity between the MSN Juku user interface and that of Plurk, which was blocked in China in April 2009. Microsoft later indefinitely suspended MSN Juku, admitting to accusations that MSN China plagiarized about 80% of Plurk's original code, as well as elements of their CSS and unique user interface features.
Post calling for the assassination of President Ma Ying-jeou
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