Remember Plurk? During the heyday of the Fail Whale on Twitter, the microblogging service offered a much needed alternative. Plurk was founded in 2008 by Alvin Woon (Malaysian) and Amir Salihefendic (Danish) in Toronto, Canada. When it was launched, its timeline-style display of updates captured much attention. However, with the rapid ascendancy of Twitter in the past several years, Plurk seems to recede from the media limelight. Of course, some may still remember the fiasco back in 2009, where Plurk accused Microsoft China of “blatant theft of code, design, and UI elements.”
Growth of Plurks and Active Users
Google Trend for Plurk: Daily Unique Visitors, 2009 – 2011
Early this year, Plurk Labs opened its first Asian office in Taipei, Taiwan (Plurk’s other offices – Toronto, Canada and Warsaw, Poland). Currently, the company has 12 staff. Six of them are working in the new Taipei office and the others in Europe and North America. Currently, the company is actively looking to hire more developers “to solve big and challenging scaling problem in Plurk” (apply here). In coming months, Plurk plans to introduce location-based and content discovery features. Plurk app for iOS and Android also in the pipeline.
In today’s Facebook-Twitter duopoly, niche sites like Plurk can still compete by offering exciting social networking experience.