Total Karma

Why are people motivated to update their Tumblrs and Plurks because of ratings? I’m talking about Karmas and Tumblarities.

Plurk, a free social networking and micro-blogging service, assigns every plurker his/her own karma value. It is recalculated every day and can be within these intervals:

  • 0.00 to 21.00: in the state of creation
  • 21.00 to 41.00: in the state of maintenance
  • 41.00 to 61.00: in the state of enlightenment
  • 61.00 to 81.00: in a close state to Plurk Nirvana
  • 81.00 to 100.00: in the state of Plurk Nirvana

Points are awarded for every Plurk, and every response received.

Similarly, Tumblr, a blogging platform that allows users to post text, images, video, links, quotes, and audio to their tumblelog which is a short-form blog, has what we call “Tumblarity” which is a statistics function that lists everything from followers, likes, and reblogs as well as your “rank” on the entire site and by location.

While these numbers are good measurements of one’s activity, I think they should be nothing more than this. Being motivated by these numbers defeat the whole purpose of Plurk-ing and Tumblr-ing. Kind of like attending school, only wanting good grades, instead of wanting to learn things.

These ratings are just ploys of these sites to make users more active.

They destroy the authenticity of your accounts, if you think about it.

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