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Christmas emoticons!

December 17, 2013

Christmas is coming!

Here’re the new emoticons for this Christmas! Wish you have a wonderful holiday!

xmas-emos

Tips: Try to click these emoticons when you seen them appeared on your timeline! 8-)

Posted by danny

Announcing the new emoticon features!

May 29, 2013

We’re pleased to announce the roll-out of new emoticon features for Plurk! First of all, the emoticon selector has been revamped:
New Emoticon Selector
We hope you like the new interface!

At Plurk, we believe that people often envy other’s custom emoticons they see on the timeline, and would want to use them on their own. In the past, this would require copying the link address of the emoticon, and re-adding it again. Uber-troublesome, we know — that’s why we are announcing the immediate availability of the new Emotiland feature, where you can browse the latest and the hottest emoticons at Plurk — and most importantly — add emoticons to your liking with a blink of an eye. To get to Emotiland, click the red button in the emoticon selector:
Emotiland Button
…right you’ll be in Emotiland!
Emotiland
Whenever you see an emoticon you like, just click on it, confirm, and the emoticon will be added to your collection.
Emotiland -- Hover to Add

Needless to say, we couldn’t but marvel at the creativity of the Plurkers when we see all these emoticons!

With the new features rolled out today, you may directly add custom emoticons from the timeline besides doing so in Emotiland:
Hover to add emoticons from Timeline Click to add emoticons from Timeline
Just move your cursor over the desired emoticon, click, confirm, and that’s it! It’s in your list of custom emoticons now.

Additionally, the old interface of adding an emoticon by link addresses or uploading files is now integrated in Emotiland:

We believe these new features will enable Plurkers to discover more emoticons in Plurk. After all, isn’t custom emoticon one of the features all of us can’t live without at Plurk?

At the same time, we have two reminders/tips for everyone regarding the new features:

Tip 1: As we revamped the emoticon selector, current browser extension/plug-ins related to Plurk emoticons (such as PlurkCustoms and RPlurkSmileys for Google Chrome, or Plurk Smile for Firefox, or PuTong) may be incompatible with the redesigned interface. Therefore, if you have such browser extension/plug-ins installed and you encounter problems with Plurk, we recommend you disable the extension/plug-in in question.

Tip 2: One Plurk account may have a maximum of 60 custom emoticons. (This is not a new limitation, but we think it’s worth mentioning again.)

As always, if you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to tell us!

Posted by johnlu

Official Announcement from Plurk – bye bye old timeline!

April 1, 2013

Bye bye old timeline!

Effective today, Plurk will be introducing a brand new metro style user interface to replace the original horizontal timeline.

We strive to provide our users the best experience and we believe the new user interface will take Plurk to the next level. Hopefully you will like it.

All users will be able to switch to the new metro theme now.

How to switch to the metro theme?

If you ever seen this notification slided out, that means you’ve been chosen to switch over to the new theme. Not every user has such a privilege.

Click on the ‘switch to theme now!‘ link, and you are ready to enjoy the new theme!

So you might wonder why we design it.

“Everyone looked the same, what’s the surprise?”

No, we give you different sets of Metro theme. Everyone is different! (lol)


Image was created by @sankakukei

Happy April Fools’ Day! We hope you enjoy this little ugly and funny special gift only for you. Refresh will get the metro theme away!

Posted by danny

Wishful and Joyful Year of Snake 2013 to all Plurkers!

February 7, 2013

Happy New Year, all Plurkers!

The Lunar New Year of Snake is coming and many of our Asian Plurkers are celebrating it. In celebration of the Year of Snake, Karma will not be deducted during the period of the Lunar New Year (Feb 9th, 2013 – Feb 17th, 2013). This applies to all Plurkers!

That said, during this period, if you’re not login or posting on Plurk, your Karma will not be deducted. But you’ll still get your Karma increased if you are using it as usual.

Note that if you’re trying to spam others, abuse on friending, or blocked by other plurkers, posting spam messages, your Karam will be still deducted and your Plurk account could be banned according to our Terms & Privacy Policy.

Posted by danny

What is Anonymous Plurk?

January 21, 2013

There’re times when it’s hard for someone to reveal his identity in real world or even online and share their personal stories or exchange thoughts.

There’re times you have to pretend you’re someone else. 

We knew that. We’re going to introduce a new Anonymous Plurk feature that allow the community to do it anonymously.

We’ll be releasing it for public beta sometime this week. Please do test it and let us know if you’ve seen any problem using it. We’ll strive to fix it as soon as we can.

What is Anonymous Plurk?

Anonymous Plurk is plurks posted anonymously by Plurk users. Your Plurk identity will not be revealed to anyone who can see your anonymous plurks.

How can I post an Anonymous Plurk?

  • You’ll be qualified to post anonymous plurks (and see anonymous plurks posted by others) if you have at least 10 friends at Plurk.
  • Every qualified one can post up to 3 anonymous plurks each day

Here’s the how-to:

  • Choose ‘whispers’ as your qualifier

Choose 'whispers' as qualifier
» Choose ‘whispers’ as qualifier

  • A tooltip below the input box will show up.

Tooltip
» Tooltip indicating this is an anonymous Plurk

  • Edit the message as you do normally on each plurk.

You don't have to worry about revealing your idendity

» You don’t have to worry about revealing your idendity

  • Your contacts will see your plurk posted anonymously.

anonymous plurks on timeline
» Anonymous Plurk as seen on your timeline

You might wanna know…

1. How is Anonymous Plurk presented to my contacts?

Every Anonymous Plurk will be auto-associated with an official Plurk ID called: @anonymous without revealing your Plurk identity.

Anonymous

2. Only original author of Anonymous Plurk can edit and delete.

Once you’ve posted an Anonymous Plurk, only yourself can edit and delete it from your timeline.

3. Privacy Options

Anonymous Plurk derives your timeline privacy setting under My Account > Privacy. If you set your timeline to private,then only your friends can see and like anonymous plurks posted by you. Only anonymous plurks posted on public timeline can be replurked.

Anonymous Plurk

» Anonymous Plurk

4. Responses are not anonymous

Your responses to Anonymous Plurks are of course not anonymous. :)

Replurking An Anonymous Plurk

» Replurking An Anonymous Plurk

5. Synchronization to other social networks? 

If you have set to sync your plurks to Facebook or Twitter, please do note that your anonymous plurks will not be sync’ed to these social networks. :)

6. Anonymous Plurks is only available on your PC.

You can only post anonymous plurks through your PC browsers and they cannot be private plurks.

Updated Q&As:

Q: What is Anonymous Plurk? I don’t wanna see the plurk from @anonymous – someone I don’t know appear on my timeline.

A: Anonymous Plurk allow you to post plurks anonymously to your friends and followers. The Anonymous Plurk’s is from one of your friend but will be rendered as ಠ_ಠ (@anonymous) with a different color of nickname.

Q: There could be a lot of potential for abuse here. How can we report an abuse by not knowing the poster of the plurk?

A: Please report them through Contact Plurk if you have found any abuse. Note that our Terms of Service applies to Anonymous Plurk too. By posting anything that might violate our TOS will get your Plurk account banned.

http://en.blog.plurk.com/2013/01/21/what-is-anonymous-plurk/

Q: I’m a developer. Will the Anonymous Plurk be available through API as well?

A: For API developers, we only support read-only capability for Anonymous Plurks for now. An anonymous plurk will have “plurk_type” as 4 and “owner_id” as 99999.
We will support API 2.0 to post anonymous plurks in the future. Before that, it is not allowed to use “whispers” as qualifier while composing plurk from API.

Posted by danny

Potential China cyber army attacks blocked.

August 4, 2012

* This report is written by Chris Chu, Lead Plurk Moderator

Plurk, a social networking and micro-blogging service website, has publicized information about a series of attempted attacks on its servers. The engineering team’s preliminary information has revealed that at least four of the IP addresses are from China’s Military and Government units.

With the continuous development of the Internet, attackers have been continuously inventing new attack methods through different platforms and techniques. According to the Dell SecureWorks Counter Threat Unit (CTU) research team, one of the malware is called “Elirks” which uses Plurk’s micro-blogging service to act as a first-stage C2. Hackers set up phony user accounts and use them to post encoded messages containing the real C2 URL. This behavior allows the malware to look innocuous in network traffic because it simply appears to be regular visiting a friendly site. However, when the hackers are ready to exfiltrate data or further penetrate a network, they can redirect the malware to connect to C2 servers where they can interactively log in and control the victim’s computer. For instance, the Elirks backdoor would decode “TWNHQy-ED9Pm-EF75″ as “175.45.22.233:80″ and would attempt to communicate with that server via HTTP. By searching for the prefix string used by Elirks as well as sandboxing Elirks samples, CTU researchers were able to locate several Plurk accounts being used to feed C2 data to Elirks backdoors.

“Plurk has blocked attackers’ IP addresses from the system. We always have a professional team to observe a variety of network usages and protect users’ personal information, data security and much more!” says Danny Lin, Managing Director of Asia Pacific for Plurk Inc..

For more information about the threat analyses, go to http://www.secureworks.com/research/threats/chasing_apt/ by Dell SecureWorks.

Posted by danny

Things to do when Plurk is down

February 23, 2012

Many of you will have noticed the outage we’re currently in the middle of at the moment. Whilst I, as a simple Plurk user, cannot explain why the site is down, I have realised the blog (and my access to it) *is* still working. And so, I present to you my list of alternative things to do when Plurk is down. *sob sob*

  1. Write a passive-aggressive blog post on the actual Plurk blog about Plurk being down. ;)
  2. Complain about Plurk being down.
  3. Use *ahem* alternative websites to discuss Plurk’s downtime.
  4. Use alternative websites that allow you to pin images until you can pin no more.
  5. Do some boring household chores.
  6. Go for a walk in the hope that Plurk will be up again when you get back.
  7. Dance badly.
  8. Fall over.
  9. Watch cat videos and think, “I’m going to share this on Plurk! Oh, wait…”
  10. Pretend to be a mature, responsible adult who does not need social networks to communicate feelings every single second of the day…

Oh, who am I kidding? Please, Plurk, stop being a jerk and just work!

xoxo,

Rammi <3

Posted by Rammi

Plurk cheat sheet

August 26, 2011

You might already familiar with the way you edit text in your plurk but you don’t know we’ve added a few more enhancements to it.

Here’s a Plurk cheat sheet you might like it.

Plurk cheat sheet

Plus, for your information, do you know Plurk has a hidden secret “Konami” code?
Try to move your mouse cursor focus on your timeline, press these keys consecutively:

Enjoy it and happy Plurking!

Posted by danny

IPv4, IPv6, Happy Hoppy Chinese New Year and Plurk

February 1, 2011

An Internet Protocol (IP) address is a numerical identifier label assigned to a device such as a computer or smartphone. With this number, the device is able to communicate with other devices within the same network or in other participating networks.

There are two versions of the Internet Protocol today. IP version 4 (IPv4), and IP version 6 (IPv6). IPv4 is currently used by most network devices. Unfortunately, IPv4 is limited to approximately 4.3 billion total distinct addresses and the world is running low on IPv4 addresses. While this number may seem large, consider this:

There are close to 7 billion people on earth. If we wanted to give each person a unique IP address, we wouldn’t be able to give 1/3 of the world an IP address.

Some of the factors contributing to IPv4′s rapid exhaustion are the increased number and use of mobile devices, an increasing number of Internet users, and always on broadband Internet access connections.

At today’s rapid IPv4 consumption rate, it is expected that the entire IPv4 address space would be exhausted by the end of 2011. This means that no additional devices will be able to be added to the Internet in general without ‘tricks’, ‘hacks’ or special workarounds like network address translation.

The next generation Internet Protocol, IPv6, is a more robust addressing system that allows for far more IP addresses. It would be possible to have 340,282,366,920,938,463,463,374,607,431,768,211,456 or in plain English, approximately 340 undecillion IPv6 addresses! (Yes, we’ve never heard of undecillion either, but trust us, it’s a very very very very very very …you get the point… big number)

At Plurk, we are excited to start this transition period adopting IPv6 usage. Starting today, Plurk will be providing experimental/test access over IPv6 at http://ipv6.plurk.com/.

Plurk is also excited to participate in the World IPv6 Day. On June 8, 2011, Plurk will provide both IPv4 and IPv6 access to http://www.plurk.com/.

Finally, we wish to extend a Happy and Prosperous Chinese New Years to all of our Asian language users as we spring into the year of the rabbit! Thanks so much for making Plurk a success and we look forward to serving you with an even better experience in the coming year.

Posted by rlim

Music Born on Plurk

January 24, 2011

My name’s Josh Lawrence and I’ve been a Plurk addict for a little over two years now (http://www.plurk.com/joshlawrence). One of the most fun things that’s happened to me on Plurk is getting crazy song ideas from my Plurk friends. I have a music podcast (Mozomedia Music’s Two Song Shot), one feature of which is inviting people to request custom-made songs. A listener can submit a song title and what they’d like the song to sound like, and I and/or my musical collaborator Karl Eifrig may make their request into a song for the next podcast. Several times I’ve asked my plurk buddies if they had any requests for custom-made songs. They have not disappointed!

For instance, Mr San from New Zealand recently requested a song titled “Mr San’s World Tour” to commemorate his upcoming vacation, which has stops literally all around the world (actually, at the time I’m writing this, that trip’s no longer upcoming – it has begun!). Using his vacation itinerary, I (performing as JJ Sonick) made this song:

http://www.archive.org/download/MrSansWorldTour/JJ_Sonick-Mr_Sans_World_Tour.mp3

Kai Balbin from Orange County, CA requested a song called “Diwata” (Filipino for ‘goddess’ or ‘fairy’), suggesting the song sound like “maybe sigur ros meet radiohead meet the album leaf/roots of orchis.”

http://www.archive.org/download/Diwata/JJ_Sonick-Diwata.mp3

Vinita requested a song in Bollywood / Bhangra style that had to include the dentist-visit-related lyrics “I wore cool shades”, “There’s protein in my saliva”, and “My teeth were media-blasted”. Quite a challenge! It became “Sanjay’s Dentist Appointment”:

http://www.archive.org/download/SanjaysDentistAppointment/JJ_Sonick-Sanjays_Dentist_Appointment.mp3

Steve Dobkins from Fort Worth, Texas requested a song called “I Drug My Rope Through the Cow Pasture”, saying “feel free to improvise” for the genre. We couldn’t resist country-ing it up (we also changed the conjugation to “Dragging”, which Steve forgave us for).

http://www.archive.org/download/DraggingMyRopeThroughTheCowPasture/New_Old_Men-Dragging_My_Rope.mp3

Joanne Fong (http://www.plurk.com/engnr_chik) from San Francisco, CA challenged us to make a song based on this photo. Here’s the result – a tale of a dubiously heroic canine vs. a possessed… well, you’ll just have to listen to “Dog Saves the Day” by The New Old Men:

http://www.archive.org/download/DogSavesTheDaySong/New_Old_Men-Dog_Saves_the_Day.mp3

Breanne Kato from California (who sadly doesn’t plurk anymore – come back, Breanne!) requested a reggae number about Pete, her “algae-eating aquarium fish” who “couldn’t care less that Skeletor the goldfish [his previous aquarium roommate] is dead.” Karl Eifrig (whom I collaborate with as The New Old Men) obliged:

http://www.archive.org/download/PeteTheAlgae-eatingAquariumFish/Karl_Eifrig-Pete_The_Algae_Eating_Aquarium_Fish.mp3

And Panchitah from Los Angeles, CA asked for a tribute to a Plurk error message we used to occasionally see a while back – the dreaded “an unknown error has occurred” showing in the timeline. Fortunately, it’s been a long time since I’ve seen that error! An 8-bit Apple II computer was used to make this one.

http://www.archive.org/download/UnknownErrorsAreHappening/Unknown_Errors_are_Happening.mp3

I should mention that while some of my plurk friends are people I already knew in the “real world”, all of the people above I became friends with through Plurk. It’s because of Plurk that I know these fun people and that these songs exist. Thanks, Plurk!

Written by Josh Lawrence from California. He currently plurks at http://plurk.com/joshlawrence

Posted by alvin
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