Plinky is Twitter with Purpose. (Tweet that!)
Sure, some people like to tell us when theyâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢ve run out of Kleenex or just saw Carrot Top washing dishes at DennyâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢s, but there is something to be said for focusing the conversation on one topic at a time. At least Plinky thinks so.
The nearly year-old social networking / microblogging start-up provides daily prompts for its users to answer in any number of ways, including maps, polls, playlists, images âˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ„Ãº and yes âˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ„Ãº boring old words. The day that I signed up, the prompt asked users to âˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â‰ˆÃ¬Pick a wild animal to keep as a pet.âˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨Â¬Ã¹ I chose anteater, citing the fact that: âˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â‰ˆÃ¬Ants are annoying and ruin picnics. Plus the big mean ones steal babies in Africa.âˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨Â¬Ã¹ I watch The Learning Channel, and it’s true.
Others whose profiles I perused chose chimps, meerkats and jackrabbits. You can also suggest prompts to the Plinky staff, making this social experiment highly democratic.
The upside of Plinky is that it plays nicely with other sites. If these answers and ensuing conversations lived and died in the Plinky vacuum, itâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢s growth potential would be limited. But it encourages users to uplink via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and other big blogging services.
Does Pliny have enough to make it in an ever-crowded social networking marketplace? Heck, maybe thatâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢s a questions Plinky users should answerâˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ in tomorrowâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢s promptâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨Â¬Â¶