In a recent poll on our Facebook fan page, we found out that Twitter still isn’t very popular among the general public. Although, I believe that I will get an earful from hardcore Twitterers begging to differ. The truth is, Twitter is popular but its popularity is confined to a particular niche.
Nowadays, more and more services are springing up on the Internet; and they integrate the social features that Twitter direly needs. Photo sharing, for example, is a pretty decent example of a feature Twitter is missing and TwitPic comes to the rescue. It very seamlessly integrates the ability to post photo on Twitter, reaching all of your followers at once. If you’re a budding Twitterer, you may want to check out this post by Nancy — How to Turn Twitter Into Your One-Stop Lifestream as well as MakeUseOf’s PDF Guide Twitter: Best Practices and Tips.
Honestly, I wouldn’t consider myself an avid Twitterer. I’m more of a Tumblr kind of guy. In the past few weeks, however, I’ve sort of integrated Twitter into my daily routine. With the addition of NewsFire to my list of must-have apps, accompanied by TweetDeck; I began tweeting furiously. Unfortunately, even with the slew of web services available; I still can’t consistently tweet my music properly.
The solution I found was pretty basic. It would automatically tweet a Last.fm “loved” track — and that’s all I needed. It’s not necessary to spam my followers with every song I listen to. This method is perfect for mind-numbingly easy music sharing on Twitter. I call it my personal music recommendation service.
First of all, you’ll need a Last.fm account. If you don’t have one then it’s probably a good idea to register and start scrobbling — that’s the term used to tell Last.fm what songs you’re listening to. Not convinced to create an account? This post will probably change your mind.
Once you’re registered with Last.fm, the next step is to start scrobbling. There are a couple of scrobblers available for Mac like GimmeSomeTune and Bowtie. I would actually recommend ScrobblePod because it makes “loving” a track incredibly simple. Besides that, it also scrobbles tunes played on your iPod (a feature that’s not available on any other scrobbler).
Download ScrobblePod, install it then launch the app. What you need to do at this point is to link it with your Last.fm account. Click on the app’s menu bar icon and then Preferences. Click on the Last.fm tab and authorize ScrobblePod on your Last.fm account.
Once you have got both ScrobblePod and Last.fm connected, start listening and check if it works! It may take a while for songs to appear in your Last.fm profile. As soon as the song titles are listed, try “loving” a song — click on ScrobblePod’s menu bar icon and in the menu that appears, click the double left arrows to reveal Last.fm extra features and love the track.
Then check your Last.fm profile to see if it has been “Loved”. Success? Then let’s move on.
We’re going to rely on a web service that will pull all “Loved” tracks and publish them on Twitter through your account — LastFM love. All you need to do is sign up using your Last.fm username and your Twitter credentials. After that, you have the ability to customize the format of the published tweet.
That’s all to it. Now, every time you “Love” a track with ScrobblePod, it will automatically be tweeted along with a link to the song in Last.fm.
How is this different from Twisten.fm? Good question — Twisten.fm’s library isn’t as extensive as Last.fm’s so you may not find some songs on Twisten.fm. Also, Twisten.fm’s interface is cumbersome and requires you to log in before you are able to search and tweet a song. Using the ScrobblePod+Last.fm+LastFM love combination, the whole procedure is as effortless as a few mouse clicks.
Do you use Twitter? What do you usually tweet about? Will you be sharing your music on Twitter now?
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