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JadeMonkee
2009-09-05, 05:25
I read an article (http://www.engadget.com/2009/09/04/sonos-cr200-controller-turns-sentient-tweets/) today talking about the Sonos controllers recent feature that allows you to tweet out what song you are listening to.
I, quite often, get excited by a song/album that I'm listening to, and end up heading over to Facebook to tell my friends just how awesome it is (I have more friends on FB than Twitter).
So, I think it's an awesome feature.
Is there any chance of a plugin coming out that allows you to post the current album or song (I'd prefer album, but I imagine some people/situations would prefer song) you are listening to Twitter and/or Facebook? I was thinking there could just be a "Share this" option in the Extras menu that allows you to select song/album/artist and service to share it on. Maybe even personalise the message, but that would start getting complicated. Maybe there could be a web interface where you could customise the different templates for Twitter/Facebook and song/album/artist?
I know I can share all my listening habits over last.fm, but I don't use their service/have many friends that do, and I'd only want to share the creme de la creme, so to speak.
I think it would also be a cool way for Logitech to promote brand awareness (and maybe even get into trending topics...?) with all these "squeezebox" themed tweets appearing.
Your thoughts?

lrossouw
2009-09-05, 07:08
Try loving a track on last.fm then use: http://lastfmlovetweet.com/

Another way is if you have friendfeed you can make it tweet all the feeds coming into it including last.fm loved tracks.

But what about a twitter plugin for SC. Flashes tweets on your sb? If you follow to many people you'll have to limit it to certain users though.

MeSue
2009-09-05, 10:20
We already have a Facebook app in Squeezebox Server 7.4. Besides announcing what you are listening to on Fb, you can also read your feeds from your SB players and view pictures on players that have a color screen. When you announce what you're listening to, it lets you choose song, album, or just artist name.

I suspect a Twitter app is not far off.

Siduhe
2009-09-05, 10:39
I use twitterfeed to post my recently played tracks (using the Last.fm RSS feed) - however I have it set up to run every 12 hours, and only one track gets posted each time. Figure that's a reasonable balance between putting up music you like against filling up people's feed with info they don't want or need.

A Twitter app was raised when the Facebook app went into beta testing. The response from one of the devs was that it there will probably be a Twitter app at some point in the future, but Facebook was the marketing department's preference (which makes sense imo - even allowing for Twitter's amazing growth in recent months, Facebook is the largest social network).

MeSue
2009-09-05, 11:04
I use twitterfeed to post my recently played tracks (using the Last.fm RSS feed) - however I have it set up to run every 12 hours, and only one track gets posted each time. Figure that's a reasonable balance between putting up music you like against filling up people's feed with info they don't want or need.


Ooo, I might have to copy that idea. I always thought you were manually tweeting your listens when the mood struck.

lrossouw
2009-09-05, 12:19
You can also use twitterfeed to just auto tweet your loved tracks.

JadeMonkee
2009-09-05, 18:18
We already have a Facebook app in Squeezebox Server 7.4. Besides announcing what you are listening to on Fb, you can also read your feeds from your SB players and view pictures on players that have a color screen. When you announce what you're listening to, it lets you choose song, album, or just artist name.

I suspect a Twitter app is not far off.

Yay! And I'm v. happy that you can choose between song/album/artist, too.
I look forward to 7.4 :D

MeSue
2009-09-05, 19:30
You can also use twitterfeed to just auto tweet your loved tracks.

I couldn't find a feed for the loved tracks. But I probably wouldn't use it anyway since I do some many accidental loves.

andyg
2009-09-05, 19:37
A bare-bones Twitter app (posting only) is probably a few hours' work, tops. But I can't really do that without Marketing's blessing as I need a nice icon, text for the site, etc. If there's enough time left after other stuff I'll see what can be done.

JadeMonkee
2009-09-05, 23:37
A bare-bones Twitter app (posting only) is probably a few hours' work, tops. But I can't really do that without Marketing's blessing as I need a nice icon, text for the site, etc. If there's enough time left after other stuff I'll see what can be done.

Wow! Thanks!

lrossouw
2009-09-06, 01:15
I couldn't find a feed for the loved tracks. But I probably wouldn't use it anyway since I do some many accidental loves.

Sue it can be found here:
http://ws.audioscrobbler.com/2.0/user/MeSue/lovedtracks.rss
It is hidden away in the API documentation.

I'm busy working on a script to import lots of stuff from last.fm and thinking of importing loved tracks as a playlist.

citoyen
2009-09-07, 11:50
I'm busy working on a script to import lots of stuff from last.fm and thinking of importing loved tracks as a playlist.

Sounds interesting!

Paul Webster
2009-09-07, 12:20
I added Twitter posting to my TV/radio recording app a while ago - but soon added filtering so that channels or programmes could be filtered out.
http://dabdig.blogspot.com/2009/03/do-you-want-everyone-to-know-what-you.html

Doing it like a "Love" mechanism would be OK - but people Tweeting each and every track really would drive away followers (of real profiles).

lrossouw
2009-09-07, 18:37
A very silly question: I usually love my tracks form the last.fm web interface, but I know you are supposed to be able to love from the SB3 remote (and web interface?) but can't seem to find it.

I think I'm using just the standard last.fm plugin that comes with SqueezeCentre.

Cheers
Louis

MeSue
2009-09-07, 19:19
Thanks for the URL of the loved tracks RSS.

"Love this track" is in the track info menu (press right from now playing on the current track) in 7.3 or the context menu (+ button) in 7.4. In the WebUI, I think it's in the track info menu that you get when you click a song title.

One nice side effect of the new context menu is that it seems to make it a little harder to do accidental loves. Before, if you just hit right arrow twice it would love the track. Now you'd have to hit + and then right arrow.

Looking forward to seeing what your script offers!

lrossouw
2009-09-07, 19:51
Thanks for the URL of the loved tracks RSS.

"Love this track" is in the track info menu (press right from now playing on the current track) in 7.3 or the context menu (+ button) in 7.4. In the WebUI, I think it's in the track info menu that you get when you click a song title.

One nice side effect of the new context menu is that it seems to make it a little harder to do accidental loves. Before, if you just hit right arrow twice it would love the track. Now you'd have to hit + and then right arrow.

Looking forward to seeing what your script offers!

It doesn't show when I press right on my sb3. That is where I looked for it.

MeSue
2009-09-07, 21:46
It doesn't show when I press right on my sb3. That is where I looked for it.

Do you have plugins installed? One of Erland's (Custom Browse, probably) replaces the track info menu, and then you have to go another level deep by scrolling down to "Show standard song info" and then push right. There is a toggle for this in the plugin settings IIRC.

Goodsounds
2009-09-07, 23:14
I personally don't get Twitter. When I've gone there, it struck me as full of "who cares" kind of material. Does anyone really care what music someone is listening to, or care enough to go through a bulky list of filler to find out? I guess if I did, I would ask. But I don't care, it's about as riveting to me as "what did you have for breakfast?".

Thinking it was maybe an age or generational thing, I asked my kids - they don't care for it either.

I'd love to hear why you find this worthwhile, I could very well be missing something. Thanks

JadeMonkee
2009-09-08, 02:17
I used to think that of Twitter, too. I used to prefer Jaiku, too (it still has better features), however, it's not the personal tweets that make Twitter useful, it's the real-time information. Look up what it did during the Iranian election, or keep an eye on the trending topics for news that breaks faster than any media (old or new) can publish.
The masturbatory personal messages are not what define it as a useful tool (even though 85% of my tweets are of that sort).
Head on over to TechCrunch.com and see how many articles are written about it to get an idea of its importance on the 'net right now.

MeSue
2009-09-08, 07:21
I don't think anyone gets Twitter at first. It took me a while.

I primarily use Twitter to promote my site. People who follow me can get almost real time notification of anything new I post on my site and communicate with me in a different way than they can just visiting my site. I mix in a bit of personal stuff and other things I find interesting or funny because it lets people get to know me better as a multi-dimensional person.

Since I started doing the 12 hour LastFM tweets, I haven't lost any followers, and according to twitterfeed people are even clicking on the links. So they must not mind it.

For incoming information, Twitter has almost completely replaced RSS for me.

Siduhe
2009-09-10, 11:09
I personally don't get Twitter...I'd love to hear why you find this worthwhile, I could very well be missing something. Thanks

Twitter is the only "social network" I use - I like my online/real personae to stay fairly separate, not least because of the work that I do and the company I work for.

The best thing about it is that it's an amazing real-time search engine, and you pick up stuff you'd never hear about otherwise. To give an example, last weekend I found myself lying on a blanket in the middle of a hidden park in the centre of London with 2,000 other people, most of whom had dressed up to suit the theme, watching a cult film I'd never heard of (to my shame!) and really enjoyed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73Omp11JrVA

Now this may not be your thing, but it is mine, and I wouldn't have found it without Twitter. I also mainly follow people with interests similar to mine, not celebrities which makes a difference I think.

Kurt
2009-10-02, 18:50
"We already have a Facebook app in Squeezebox Server 7.4. Besides announcing what you are listening to on Fb,"

How do you do announce what you're listening to on FB in 7.4?

MeSue
2009-10-02, 20:04
How do you do announce what you're listening to on FB in 7.4?

If you've added the Facebook app from App Gallery and supplied your credentials, you should then have "Share on facebook" in the context menu which appears when you press + (more) from the now playing screen. Choose that and you will get the option to publish the song, artist, or album that you are listening to.

Kurt
2009-10-02, 20:19
That did it Sue. Thanks!

JadeMonkee
2009-10-12, 23:00
So, after getting 7.4.1 to work on my ReadyNAS, and then figuring out how to get the Facebook plugin working (had to go to mysqueezebox.com and install an app, even though there was already a facebook plugin installed--which made little sense to me), I'm now happily posting awesome artists/songs/albums to Facebook.
But I have two questions:
1) Why does the icon on FB show up as an original Squeezebox, and not a Squeezebox Classic? Wouldn't it be better (for promotions) to have a more appealing looking model? Or at least the correct one that it was posted from?
2) Is there any chance I can add a touch of personality to the default message? for example, instead of "I'm listening to 23 Seconds by Cobblestone Jazz." I would like to say "I think 23 Seconds by Cobblestone Jazz is an awesome album." or something like that.
I'd just like to be able to customise the template. And why not set up a link to Amazon or iTunes or YouTube or last.fm to have a listen to (or purchase?) the album I'm listening to? I'd like my friends to be able to hear it, too, is all: spread the love.