Do you Plurk?

I get the impression that Plurk is in a world of Twitter is somewhat like Orkut in a world of Facebook. Still valid in specific places, yet mostly irrelevant.

Orkut used to be dominant in Brazil and India, but recent reports this has changed in the latter. According to Techtree Facebook has surpassed Orkut in presence in India. There has also been a surge on the usage of Facebook in Brazil, but it has yet to surpass Orkut in presence.

That puts Plurk in an interesting position in certain locations of East Asia, in which it’s relevancy it’s comparable to Facebook, and Twitter is barely noticeable. Plurk is so relevant in Taiwan, that local Android smartphones already come with it as a bundled app.

The two picture below illustrate their interesting position in Taiwan.

Screenshot from 7-Eleven website in Taiwan.

Notice that the Social Media channels made available include only Facebook, Plurk and You Tube.

Firefox 3.6 update.

Once again Facebook and Plurk made available as Social Media Channels.

Before I finish this post, let me answer the question that I proposed as this post’s title. Do I Plurk? No I don’t. Don’t even have an account, but I’m aware of many relatives who do, and send those updates to Facebook.

Do you Plurk? It’s not a relevant question if your target public is all in the western hemisphere, but if you plan to reach certain target publics in the East, you should reconsider your positioning, if you don’t Plurk yet.

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Twestival: Tweet. Meet. Give.

So the day finally arrived.  Today, Twiterrers from 175+ cities around the world  join forces for 1st major Twitter based charity event.

The event will definitely serve as an interesting case study for the future, as this major social network work towards a common goal: raising money and awareness for charity: water.

There are several ways to contribute , even if you’re not close to one of the host cities. These suggestions and the complete list of participating cities (and their customized event mini sites) can be found at the event official website:  http://twestival.com/.

Jennifer Connelly in charity: water Public Service Announcement from charity: water on Vimeo.

You’re no one if you’re not on Twitter.

You’re no one if you’re not on Twitter.

Found this funny and poignant video while reading Twitter Brasil blog. “You’re no one if you’re not on Twitter” is song from Ben Walke and you’ll find the complete lyrics in the linked post.