Last post, I was talking about building ‘artificial’ interest on SNS particularly Tumbler or Pinterest, but forgot to mention that there is also sharing music services such as Spotify or 8tracks. As many of you probably know, these services are actually not basic style of social networking service, but their social networking function is one of important features.
Individual playlists are now became very easy to make and extremely popular, and users share their collection of music on social networks or youtube. The website 8tracks is actually one of my favourite services, and I always listen music through this web site. It’s described as handcrafted internet radio station, so every users are able to create own playlists (mainly on youtube) and share on 8tracks. It’s quite same function as Spotify (I suppose many of you might be more familiar with Spotify), but the most important point I’m using is free and no advert!
Well…I’m not promoting these services. The question I was thinking is that shared playlists also represent artificial (or fake) interest as well as shared post on SNS could be collection of how user want to be like (as last post).
There is also another style of shared music interest on youtube as ‘Mush up’ of songs. For example, the video series Pop Danthology is extremely popular on youtube and the American creator make mashup video of pop songs every each year, so you might know but here is 2012 version.
I’m wondering the reason why he makes those video every year..? Showing his ability of remaking to the world? It’s not question to him particularly, but this big question is I will have to think about.
While I was surfing the web to find information about sharing on social networks, I found this chart below on BusinessInsider.com. According to the article and this chart, Facebook dominates sharing with 24% of shares, and beats out email (11%) and twitter (10.8%) in 2009. So it says ‘making the world’s most popular social network also the most popular service for sharing content’.
The reason why people uses FB for sharing could be FB has more pass-value than twitter? or just because users tend to have real friend on FB rather than twitter?
Chart from http://www.businessinsider.com
However, the chart is actually not updated data as researched in 2009, so think 2013, there are lots of services focusing on sharing function such as Tumbler and Pinterest. (I suppose many of you already know these websites so I don’t really describe here but google it if you’ve never heard…) These websites allow us to collect information, pictures or videos from other user’s page, and create own pages. Yet, are those pages really based on our own interest? I think it isn’t. Users are probably just want to show how they want to be like, and they pretend to be good and fashionable person..?
I think this point is one of the most significant differences between posting and sharing on SNS. Posting is more likely to include own opinion or experience from real mind, yet sharing is just one click that collect information from others, and pretend my interest or opinion.
I don’t say those shared posts are ‘fake’, but really want to find this kind of mechanism… ummm