We’ve been building a free and open-source platform for musicians that will let them own and control all of the functionality they need on their website. It plays nice with WordPress or any existing PHP site. It works on its own or as part of a bigger CMS. It installs with a single, small file uploaded to your server. And it works without any programming at all – a single line or code copied to your page and you’re done.
The platform does stuff like email-for-download, download codes, paid downloads, and integrations with all sorts of third parties, social networks, etc. Really that’s the key: it lets artists work how and where they want to, and helps pull everything through their own website.
We’ve been using code for the platform in projects for a while now, and we’re finally nearing a full release.
So how did an accountant from Argentina – which seems about a million miles away from Liverpool, England – amass a staggering 8,600 Beatles-related items? Hint: Being a self-confessed pack rat helps.
“My history shows there is a virtue in collecting things, and I think schools should do more to encourage kids to do it,” says Vazquez, a gregarious, heavyset guy with a ready laugh, often directed at himself and his obsession. “Collecting teaches you to be methodical, orderly and to do research. And even make a living.”
Because it’s more than a hobby for the 53-year-old Buenos Aires native. He’s turned his fixation on the Fab Four into a booming local business and tourism magnet.
The centerpiece of his Beatles domain is a new museum in downtown Buenos Aires where much of his collection is displayed. Inside, there are of course all the Beatles album covers, but also rare photos of band members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr plus autographs, Beatles playing cards, posters, musical instruments, a box of condoms that Lennon owned, and much, much more.
It all started when someone gave him, at age 10, the Beatles album “Rubber Soul,” which he says “exploded in my brain.”
Twittering on: Audience research and participation using Twitter
Sheffield Hallam University, UK
This paper aims to explore the potential of social network site Twitter as a site for audience research. Drawing on notions of “liveness”, participation, convergence and interactivity, it argues that Twitter provides a potentially significant development in our understanding of audiences and their relationship with media, both “old” and “new”. The study looks at examples of Twitter users engaging with (and in some cases creating) the news and discussing television programmes. The author’s own experiences of using Twitter in audience research provide a case study suggesting possible directions for future research using this medium.
Keywords: audience, audiences, new media, television, Twitter, social networking, convergence, participation, interactivity, liveness, news.
Does being thanked on Facebook annoy you? Facebook thinks so. We send one short personal “Thank You” message to every person who “Likes” our page. For example, we target fans of “True Blood” in our area, and joked a little bit with them in our thank you message: “I see you’re a fan of True Blood. Us too. Our dream gig is to make an appearance as the house band at Fangtasia.”
We have often received positive messages back. But if we do this too many in a row, Facebook suspends privileges claiming that this activity is annoying or spamming. So we thought we???d ask you. Does a personal thank you message from a band you “Like” annoy you?
We asked our fans this, and they don’t seem to think so. One fan responded “It’s stupid. The note I received from you was one of the nicest I’d ever gotten. The policies are dumber every day and it seems I make connections in spite of FB not because of it.”
Everybody in this business realizes relationships make music careers move forward (or backward). More than talent, more than good looks, more than money, it’s the quantity and quality of your relationships that make a music career cook. This is true in all businesses really, but especially in music and entertainment. Ours is probably the most relationship-driven industry on the planet.
From a business perspective, relationships are so beneficial because they can lead to synergy – a very real multiplication of energy simply by combining two or more people. In the best relationships, 1+1=10.
So building an inclusive web of relationships is your number one task.