December 17, 2009
We are currently looking at all possibilities on how to move forward in response to Microsoft’s recent apology statement. We are still thinking of pursuing the full extent of our legal options available due the seriousness of the situation. Basically, Microsoft accepts responsibility, but they do not offer accountability.
Plurk is a very young startup with a founding history of about 2 years. We are a very, very small and tech-centric company. We don’t have a marketing department, we don’t have a sales department. Even I, as a co-founder of Plurk, have to write this press release myself. We spend most of our time producing and perfecting our own product. Countless iterations, human efforts and almost all capital resources are spent to provide a unique and rich social networking environment for our users. We write our own code and give back to the community when it is appropriate (e.g. opensource.plurk.com). We play the fair game hoping that, like many young entrepreneurs out there, to be able to someday help solves other people’s problems and grow our little company.
This event wasn’t just a simple matter of merely lifting code; Due to the nature of the uniqueness of our product and user interface, it took a good amount of deliberate studying and digging through our code with the full intention of replicating our product user experience, functionality and end results. This product was later launched and heavily promoted by Microsoft with its big marketing budget.
Alvin Woon and on behalf of Amir, Kan, Janet, Ryan and Gleb