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Plurkers seem a like a friendly bunch so far. The Terms of Service prohibit harassment and other bad behavior, though there's always the potential for hating on social sites. Teens could feel rejected if their friend requests are rejected or ignored, or if they get "unfollowed."
Sex, Romance & Nudity
There's no language filter. Most users keep it clean, but if teens look hard enough, they can find some sex talk.
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Some plurkers (users) curse.
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Products & Purchases
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some users plurk about getting drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Plurk is a free "microblogging" and social networking site that's very similar to Twitter. Users post short updates (called "plurks") to their pages through the Web site, their cell phones, or IM. "Plurkers" (users) can choose from a range of privacy settings and can block other plurkers from viewing their profile or adding them as friends. Users can curse or make sexual comments since there are no filters, but the site offers a helpful guide to plurking safely.
Is It Any Good?
Plurk's unique timeline design is a nice touch that makes it both visually appealing and interactive. Users can click on a plurk (which looks sort of like a Facebook status update) and visit the person's page, respond to the post, or find plurks that share a common verb, such as loves, wishes, or thinks. The privacy settings give plurkers a range of options -- they can even keep their profiles completely private, making Plurk more about self-expression than socializing. So far, the Plurk community seems a bit tamer than Twitter's; still, it's best for older teens and adults.
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