WordPress Plugins – WP-Plurk

I stumbled across the Plurk social networking site in June 2008. I had been using Twitter for a while but was struggling with how to make use of the tool to establish communication. Twitter was great for broadcasting out a message but the Plurk interface was much better at providing a visual conversation and message flow.

After trying out Plurk for a few days I was clearly hooked. It allowed me not only to easily find others who had similar interests but actually facilitated conversations. The horizontal timeline did take some getting used to and the service continues to go through some growing pains but overall it has been much more stable than Twitter for my use.

Another important aspect that kept me close to Plurk was its ability to be “themed”. The Plurk developers made an early decision to allow users to modify the look and feel of their profile and timeline through the use of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). This really connected with my artistic side and soon I was creating outlandish themes just to entertain myself.

With my Movable Type blog I searched for an extension that would allow me to notify followers of my Plurk timeline whenever I updated my blog. Since Plurk has not officially released an API to allow developers to extend their service, it was difficult to find anyone who had created a Movable Type to Plurk communication module. I found one but shortly after I started using it, it stopped working and the developer fell off the face of the earth.

When I moved my blog to WordPress I thought I would try again to see if someone had developed a Plurk to blog plug-in this time for WordPress. Fortunately Herdian Ferdianto developed the WP-Plurk plug-in that did exactly what I wanted.

The plug-in is installed through the WordPress Administrators Dashboard like any other plug-in. Once it has been installed, you will find a new page under the Settings tab of the Administrator Dashboard. You have three input fields to enter data. These include your Plurk username, your Plurk password, and finally Plurk Template.

Of the three only the Plurk Template field requires any introduction. Here you will describe what you want WP-Plurk to post to your Plurk timeline. For my purposes I entered [shares} {{url}} ({{title}}) The [shares] means that the post to Plurk will include the Plurk qualifier Shares. The next two entries will post the URL of the WordPress post followed by the post title in parenthesis. I did this so that Plurk would make the title a clickable link to the URL.

The WP-Plurk plug-in works flawlessly. It allows WordPress posts to be included on my personal timeline and provides a way to allow me to interact with Plurk users and create conversation based upon my blog posts. Using this plug-in I have introduced new readers to my blog and I have been able to meet several new people on Plurk who have similar interests.

This is definitely a well written plug-in that is a must for anyone who is using the Plurk service. I highly recommend this extension to anyone having a WordPress blog.

One Comment

  1. Abimbola Akanwo says:

    Cheers Jeff…

    Will spread the word…

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