Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Plurk users more engaged than Twitter users?

Darren over at ProBlogger has an interesting statistical recap of his first month on Plurk. In particular, he's broken down how much traffic that both Twitter and Plurk have sent his blog over the last month.

He found that Twitter sent his blog 4,896 visitors, while Plurk sent 1,466. Of course, Darren has over 5X the number of followers on Twitter as he does on Plurk.

While my readership numbers are obviously much lower than ProBlogger's, I've also noticed that Plurk seems to be holding its own in the referrals dept:

And it should be noted that, like Darren, I also have about 5X the number of followers on Twitter. At this rate, Plurk will likely send more traffic to my blog in July, than Twitter does.

I blogged about this recently on SEG, but this is why you have to keep a constant eye on your blog's traffic. This also tells me where I should be spending my time. I now pretty much use Twitter to share links, and that's it. Due to constant downtime from the site, trying to interact with other users is an exercise in futility. Case in point; this morning I shared a few links there, then started typing out a question to ask my followers. As I was typing out the question, 'Limit exceeded' flashed up on Twhirl.

So now I will likely shift even more time to Plurk. I'll start sharing links on Plurk and see if it's something my followers enjoy. But I have to be smart about how I allocate my online time, and I need to go where I can get the most interaction with others. Right now, that's Plurk over Twitter.

You can follow me on Plurk here.


Anonymous said...

Hi Mack,
I get what you mean about the interaction with people. I haven't been on Plurk for the past few weeks and feel the lack of conversation in my days. The main reason I haven't been on Plurk is because it takes my full attention and I haven't been able to give it lately. That being said, relationships and conversations need your full attention so it makes perfect sense.
People are more engaged over at Plurk because they are paying more attention.

Amber said...

Hi Mack,

I too have noticed that Plurk sends more traffic my way, and people seem more genuinely interested in the content. They visit, they comment, and they come back and do it again. I've rather given up on Twitter because the traffic I do get seems bouncy at best. And the Plurk community seems really interested in discussion, which I love.

Anonymous said...

I do believe that the Plurk interface creates a selective pressure for conversations to be topic centered, not user centered (as I've briefly touched upon in another post). This means "A-Listers" from the internet, whether they be blogosphere, social media, marketing, or otherwise - can no longer count on countless fawning fans to maintain a presence without contributing something of value back to the "plurkosphere". For example, those who continually pimp their web link will be muted by me immediately no matter how famous they are or how many books they've written. We all get it: they know a lot and their book agent/publisher agrees, and their many readers agree, and many more who wish to be like them agree! But don't clutter up every other "social" media platform as their free product and service billboard or they're just another salesman who's forgotten to read their own bestselling books and walk their own talk.

gianandrea said...

Jane, couldn't agree more. I have the same feeling about the superstars that are in someway polluting the web. Too many times we see and read posts with a clear and present PR goal, posts that, at the end of the day, do not add anything to me and to my knowledge.

I Can't Keep Up said...

just to add to your great column Mack, I notice that almost half of my referred traffic is coming from Plurk in the past couple of days. Also, my subscription numbers have increased dramatically. Community engagement is really key.

Anonymous said...

I've been on Plurk for a few weeks now, not as active as I should be. Because most of the people I'm following or friends with are social media gurus.

I'm wondering how I can find people interested in my blog's topic - being a dating single mom.

Is there a search function on Plurk to find users with similar interests?


P.S. You can find me on Plurk here:


Anonymous said...

Found it!


Awesome! Now I can really get going.

Descartes said...

I've been using Plruk for a couple of weeks and found it to be a lot of fun. I have seen a great deal of traffic from Plurk, but then, I am not Problogger either.