FIRST LOOK: A “different question every day” Twitter: Plinky

Jason Shellen has seen the social media world grow up and has been in the lead group. He was one of the first employees at Pyra back when it started Blogger. After that got sold to Google he was the guy who came up with Google Reader (and kept pushing for it even after executives at Google told him the idea was lame).

Now it’s his turn to start a company and an hour ago they turned on their new service called Plinky. What is it? It’s riffs on Twitter and Facebook. Instead of asking “what are you doing?” it asks you a different question every day.

Yesterday I sat down with Jason and he gave me a demo and told me stories about his view on social media.

My account is at: http://www.plinky.com/people/Scobleizer

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  3. Ehi Rob, i write a post here: i think that Plinky is completely useless!!! Why use another microblogging service? It is impossible to encourage content: so, it is better (and useful) Yahoo Answers… :P

  4. Ehi Rob, i write a post here: i think that Plinky is completely useless!!! Why use another microblogging service? It is impossible to encourage content: so, it is better (and useful) Yahoo Answers… :P

  5. Hi Robert,

    I’ve been following your blog for a long time now and felt I needed to delurk to share my thoughts on Plinky. I had a look at their site yesterday and although I thought the concept was interesting, I began to wonder why there wasn’t more substance to the questions or prompts. I figured that the revenue model was probably advertising and this idea was confirmed this morning with a nice ad for 8 tracks in the sidebar; An ad that ties in nicely with their lead question about our favorite road trip mix tapes.

    I want to start off by saying that I am a total geek groupie. I love technology, I love the internet and I spend most if not all of my time online. But I’m disappointed by these kinds of services. With all the brainpower available to us in the tech world, I’m still waiting for people in the industry to come together and create more tools and services that serve the people or solve problems. I’m not saying that there aren’t any but it just seems that services like Plinky are a gimmick to make a dollar and it’s a real shame because they have a really interesting platform to build on.

    I remember brainstorming sessions in 99 that revolved around the idea of creating a content site where we would collect personal data in order to serve ads. I can see that things haven’t evolved much in that regard in the last 10 years. Please correct me if I’m wrong.

    I believe that technology is supposed to make my life easier… right now, a lot of the technology I see and use helps me harvest vast quantities of somewhat useless chatter and help me waste a lot of time.

    I say, let’s have a Plinky service where the questions help us create a huge pool of great ideas and resources to make the world a better place. The revenue model doesn’t need to change… Serve your ads and show me something I actually want to click on because it relates to my core values. Valuable content for users to browse through ultimately means better ROI for advertisers and better results for Plinky’s bottom line. Everybody wins.

    I’m hoping that in 2009, I will hear less chatter and more substance, less about technology that serves businesses and more about tech that helps people.

  6. Hi Robert,

    I’ve been following your blog for a long time now and felt I needed to delurk to share my thoughts on Plinky. I had a look at their site yesterday and although I thought the concept was interesting, I began to wonder why there wasn’t more substance to the questions or prompts. I figured that the revenue model was probably advertising and this idea was confirmed this morning with a nice ad for 8 tracks in the sidebar; An ad that ties in nicely with their lead question about our favorite road trip mix tapes.

    I want to start off by saying that I am a total geek groupie. I love technology, I love the internet and I spend most if not all of my time online. But I’m disappointed by these kinds of services. With all the brainpower available to us in the tech world, I’m still waiting for people in the industry to come together and create more tools and services that serve the people or solve problems. I’m not saying that there aren’t any but it just seems that services like Plinky are a gimmick to make a dollar and it’s a real shame because they have a really interesting platform to build on.

    I remember brainstorming sessions in 99 that revolved around the idea of creating a content site where we would collect personal data in order to serve ads. I can see that things haven’t evolved much in that regard in the last 10 years. Please correct me if I’m wrong.

    I believe that technology is supposed to make my life easier… right now, a lot of the technology I see and use helps me harvest vast quantities of somewhat useless chatter and help me waste a lot of time.

    I say, let’s have a Plinky service where the questions help us create a huge pool of great ideas and resources to make the world a better place. The revenue model doesn’t need to change… Serve your ads and show me something I actually want to click on because it relates to my core values. Valuable content for users to browse through ultimately means better ROI for advertisers and better results for Plinky’s bottom line. Everybody wins.

    I’m hoping that in 2009, I will hear less chatter and more substance, less about technology that serves businesses and more about tech that helps people.

  7. I guess the important this is whether people are actually paying any attention to the question itself. Certainly on Twitter and to a lesser extent Facebook, people pretty much ignore the question which is presented to them.

    Therefore we can conclude that Plinky will fulfill a different need because it’s actually orientated around the question (or challenge).

  8. I guess the important this is whether people are actually paying any attention to the question itself. Certainly on Twitter and to a lesser extent Facebook, people pretty much ignore the question which is presented to them.

    Therefore we can conclude that Plinky will fulfill a different need because it’s actually orientated around the question (or challenge).

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