Twitter Is Not Killing Blogs, It’s Bringing Them To Life

16 06 2009

Twitter, a new sort of Google As Twitter-mania continues to spread and new social media tools battle for dominance in an already saturated marketplace, a curious debate has arisen pitting Twitter vs. the blogosphere.  Yesterday, Joseph Jaffe, a thought leader in the social media movement, stated that blogging is dying and Twitter is to blame.

Joseph argues that Twitter’s form of micro-blogging is reducing our desire and even our  ability to create and participate in dialogue that is both distributed and extended (something found within traditional blogs). While in many ways I agree that Twitter exploits our society’s “information-junkie” culture, characterized by an increasingly short attention span, I feel that Twitter actually helps me organize and find value in the gobs of information available. 

This leads back to one of the basic uses of social media: organization.  Twitter acts as a filtering system from which I can select from multiple sources of information and determine whether what is being posted is worth a good read.  How do I decide whether its worth my time?  The micro-blog.  These short 140-character summaries serve the same purpose that an abstract might serve on a lengthy research report.  I can evaluate the information and decide whether I will find value by clicking through to access the extensive long-form thought.   

As Fred Wilson stated today at the 140 Characters Conference in New York, the value of Twitter “is in the power of the passed link.”  In many ways the micro-blogging service acts as a portal to generate traffic to pages around the web through the posting of links and summaries of their content, much like Google or Bing. What differentiates Twitter from these search engines, is its innate ability to generate traffic to blogs and personal pages of individuals instead of corporations or news sites.

Before I utilized Twitter, Google was my go-to source for scouring information, most of the time generating search results that led to editorials, news stories, and published information.  While that’s all and good, now I can use Twitter to access information from thought-leaders, industry executives, CEOs, people you would normally pay good money to see speak at a conference or trade show.  So while some may argue that Twitter is killing the traditional blog, I couldn’t disagree more as I continue to delve into my dynamic professional network of people, leaving the static website in the past.

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Virgin & Universal Reduce Piracy…Yeah Right

15 06 2009

BitBlinder

 

While Virgin Media & Universal Music hash out their new subscription service, a model which I thoroughly support, I still have to stop and laugh about the new partnership’s adamant goal to reduce the role of online piracy.  According to HypeBot:

 “the two companies will also be “working together to protect Universal Music’s intellectual property and drive a material reduction in the unauthorized distribution of its repertoire”.  This will involve implementing a range of strategies to “educate file sharers about online piracy” and “raise awareness of legal alternatives.”

While they are not threatening to punish the offenders of their policies, I believe that their outright condemnation of file-sharing will actually reduce the attractiveness of their music package.   Major labels must realize that since the dawn of Napster, music consumers have had unlimited access to free music with ease.   Fast forward to the present, and file-sharing is bigger than ever.   Not only that, but file-sharing “pirates” are one step ahead of the labels.

Enter BitBlinder, a new open-source project which serves to cloak torrents, hide browsing and bypass filters.   How will Virgin Media and Universal reduce the unauthorized distribution now?   I don’t think they ever will.  File-sharing must  be embraced and utilized in order to gain traction with some of the biggest music consumers (or pirates) of today.   Will it ever happen or will the majors become the Big Brother of the digital age?

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Will Digital Turn Physical?

15 06 2009

Across the music industry, physical sales are on a fast decline while the demand for digital media is steadily growing.  Music executives have struggled with the format change, searching and hoping for a new physical product that will deliver similar profit margins to the now ill-fated compact disk. But what if there is hope for a new type of physical product that embraces interactive technology? 

Siftables are cookie-sized, interactive computerized tiles that can be stacked or shuffled with your hands. These interactive mini-computers can do math, play music, display video, teach language, talk, etc.  

As traditional media products continue to lose their luster,  it is now time to embrace digital technologies with innovative physical products.  MIT grad student David Merrill demoed this new kind of computer interface at the TED Conference 2009.


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Social Media: The New iTunes?

12 06 2009

 

SoundCloud

For almost close to a decade, Apple has dominated the digital music realm with the introduction of the iPod, iTunes, and now the iPhone 3GS.  Just as digital music and MP3 players replaced the CD, (which replaced the cassette, which then replaced the…..you get the idea) new music formats and distribution models  of the future are beginning to take shape, which will soon make a service like iTunes obsolete.  

While the iTunes Genius might be a pretty cool way to find new music, I think most would agree that a word-of-mouth recommendation from a friend is a much more credible way to hear about the hottest new band.  This leaves musicians with a tremendous opportunity to engage in social networks, the hotbed of WOM,  and find creative ways to sell their music.  

 

Recently I came across a new music platform that allows anyone to send and receive audio files via a drop box widget to social networks such as MySpace and Facebook.  It’s called SoundCloud.  The cool thing about this distribution platform is that it acts as a music sharing network in which friends can send each other audio tracks, with ease, through their existing social media profiles. This unique integration eliminates the hassle of signing up for other networks such as Last.fm or iLike to find new music. 

 

Services like SoundCloud that enable individuals to freely share files through their existing social media profiles may now be positioned to become the next iTunes because of their accesable and convenient music sharing platform. While consumers continue to look for ways to simplify the mass electronic information, social media resources are becoming the primary means to sift through the murky waters.  In that case, SoundCloud and services like it, may very well be the main vehicle for music exploration.  So forget the days of burning CD’s for your friends or file swapping parties, now all it takes is a click of a button to tell your friends about the coolest band you’ve ever heard.

 

Check out SoundCloud

www.soundcloud.com


 

 

 





Hello!

10 06 2009

My name is Chris Terschluse and I want to welcome you to my blog!  

The purpose of this blog is 3-fold:

  • Discuss social media practices, trends, ideas, and strategies as they pertain world of marketing, advertising, and music. 
  • Entertain thought about the digital music industry, where its been and where it’s going. 
  • Interact with fellow marketers, biz professionals, music lovers, digital media guru’s, musicians, web designers, artists….really anyone that wants to talk.

Hope you enjoy!

Cheers, 

Chris








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