Buckshot, EP. 2: Social Networking sites

There is no ‘the next myspace’. there will be other sites that replicate pieces of that experience.

  • case 1 – virb.com: since signing up, i have been bombarded by friend requests from bands, and have visited their pages to find customized pages and music samples. this is one part of the myspace experience. although it’s been championed by the grown up myspace haters for it’s visual panache, it’s not something i want a part of.
  • case 2 – facebook.com: since signing up, i have been plunged into old friendships that have been buried by time and distance. it’s the same experience i had when i added my real name to my myspace profile. except with less blinking text, annoying music, and ugly slideshows.
  • using the ‘posted items’ feature on facebook led me to understand which sites value my presence there, via the meta description tag on my profile pages:
    • case 1 – Last.fm:

      Listen to sunburntkamel’s personal radio station (17,480 tracks played). sunburntkamel’s top artists: dredg, Cursive, In Flames, Hot Water Music, The Appleseed Cast, Opeth. Favourite tags are seen live, emo, Progressive rock. Get your own music profile at Last.fm, the world’s largest social music platform.

    • case 2 – flickr:

      Flickr is almost certainly the best online photo management and sharing application in the world. Show off your favorite photos to the world, securely and privately show photos to your friends and family, or blog the photos you take with a cameraphone.

    for flickr, i am an advertising vehicle. last.fm does their advertising in the description of their home page, not my profile:

    The world’s largest social music platform. Show off your taste, see what your friends are listening to, hear new music, get personal radio, recommendations, and downloads, all for free.

    can you guess which site’s persuaded me to support their efforts?

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2 thoughts on “Buckshot, EP. 2: Social Networking sites

  1. engtech

    Last.fm is such a great service. I really hate that I can’t listen to it at work (bandwidth), otherwise I’d be using it all the time.

    Some guy came up with a player for mobile phones, but unfortunately I live in the crappy world of $0.05/kb data rates.

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