Guests choosing music is an interesting idea, and Songvote actually does a good job of it. So without much ado, let’s get down to songvoting.
First of all, as with any new service, you have to go through the customary sign-up. Luckily for you, Songvote has a very pleasant (read short) sign-up experience. Once through with the sign-up confirm your identity by clicking on the activation email in your inbox.
Once you are done with verifying who you are, it’s time to let the fun flow. Go ahead and click the big, green “Start A Contest” button. As you can probably tell, a “Contest” is a means by which your invitees can tell you what they want to hear. You will now get to the following screen.
Enter the details which Songvote wants from you. Here’s a small description of each:
- Contest Name: This is what your contest will be known as.
- Contest End Date: This is the deadline by which all your invitees should have cast their votes. You can pick from a small pop-up calendar.
- Description: A big text box where you tell people what the event is all about.
- Event Date: The date of the event. You can pick from a small pop-up calendar.
- Votes Per Person: No one wants to listen to just one song, right? This is where you grant your guests the power to cast multiple votes.
Next to these options you will see some more options to customize your contest. These are shown below and are pretty self-explanatory. I filled in the form with something like “What Should Play At The Fictitious MUO Team Party?“, and entered corresponding details for the same. I also set the “Votes Per Person” to 3, so that people could have some flexibility with the voting.
Thereafter, I nominated songs for the party which people could vote upon. Fill in an artist and a song, and click the arrow icon to search for songs from their database. Select your song from the results that show up. Once you are through with all the songs you want to add, add your invitees’ email addresses in the form on the left side.
Finally, click the big “Start Contest” button to finish creating your contest. An email will be sent to all those whose email addresses you put in. You will be redirected to your homepage from where you can check the status of your contest.
Every time you check the status of a particular contest, you will be shown information about the contest, as well as the track in the lead. At the end of the contest, you should have a fair idea of what to play and what not to play at your party. The best part is that your guests would have nothing to complain about as it’s all a democratic selection!
So go ahead and plan your next party playlist the social, democratic way!
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