December 7, 2010
Over the years we have experimented with different features and product enhancements on Plurk. Some worked pretty well. Some didn’t. IM integration and Plurk Lottery didn’t.
We measure the success of our features by looking at different metrics but they mainly come down to user engagement (how many people are using it? how often do they use it? Are they happy with the feature?) and extensibility (is it hard to maintain? does its existence align with the core purpose of what we are trying to achieve in near future?).
Regrettably, Plurk Lottery and Instant Messaging perform poorly on these metrics. As a result, we will be retiring them come this Friday. As we plan to release more interesting features over the next coming months, the removal of these features will hopefully introduce more breathing space for the newcomers to shine without overcrowding existing user interface.
We apologize if this causes any inconvenience for our users.