Social media has drastically changed the way artists and labels communicate with their fanbase, but is social media truly helping, or is it our frenemy?
When Twitter’ing is too much, try Flutter.
How did we get over 14,000 downloads in 48 hours?
Cyber PR Urban’s Christina Duren, was kind enough to reach out to me for an interview for the launch.
Below is the transcript of the interview, in which we discussed social media, and how artists today can use social networks to their benefit:
Here’s an interesting video I found of Jimmy Iovine discussing his views on today’s music industry and his vision on the direction it’s taking. (Note: The video is about a year old)
He offers advice for new artists as well as talking about possible distribution models, what makes a great producer and the future of Interscope and the traditional record label.
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“What Are You Doing?”
That one, simple question is the basis of one of the hottest social networking tools around, Twitter.
For those of you unfamiliar with Twitter, it’s basically micro-blogging mixed with instant messaging. Essentially, it’s more or less the same as Facebook and MySpace‘s status field, but it’s meant to be updated more frequently and you can reply to other users as well.
It’s pretty easy to update and follow other people’s “tweets”, as the limit to each message is only 140 characters.
You can stay logged in from the home page, or install a Twitter client (I’m using TweetDeck right now). You can also update via text message or by adding Twitter as a buddy on your favourite instant messaging client.
Check out this video to see how others use Twitter for both business and personal:
If you don’t have a Twitter account, you can sign up for one here. It takes less than 1 minute and you’d be surprised how useful this tool can be.
Artists, DJs, producers, managers, bloggers, journalists, general fans… anybody really can benefit from it. It’s easy to use and takes only a few seconds to update your audience on any news or event you want to share.
It’s also great for general fans who want to stay updated with instant news and have a platform to communicate with others you might not have any other means of contacting.
So now that I stepped my game up and actually own a computer that doesn’t freeze every time I play media files, I’ve decided to stay fresh with my social networks and have added my YouTube and Last.fm accounts to my Network Badges on the right side of this page.
Make sure to add me on both these networks at the links on the left of the page or by clicking these links:
While you’re at it; feel free to add me on a few other social networks:
If you’re an aspiring professional; I highly suggest you get your social networking on by learning about and joining all the above networks as well as others.
Word of Mouse is a powerful force!