Perhaps getting fed up with regular downtimes, some people are now flocking to Plurk, a service similar to Twitter but the latter looks, er, cuter. Plurk’s interface shows a timeline of messages posted by users. What’s good about this is that you can respond quickly to that user using a pull down menu. No need to put @(name of twitter friend). You can also send private messages, post cute emoticons, and chose colorful verbs set by Plurk. When I say colorful verbs, that means literally verbs with different colors. The word “says” is in orange, “loves” in red, and so on.
Plurk also lets you earn karma points. You get more karma by being an active user (completing profile, adding friends, etc.). If you get more points, you’ll be given access to some special emoticons, among others.