Are You Not Entertained? – Facebook Introduces ‘Listen’ Button

Red Hot Chili Peppers Facebook

Red Hot Chili Peppers Facebook Page with 'Listen' button

Today Facebook introduced a ‘Listen’ button to some of its band and artist pages. Now fans can listen to music right from their favorite band’s band or music page using third-party services such as Spotify. This is a big step

Previously, users could listen to music on Spotify and it would publish to a user’s timeline. The new service will publish to a user’s timeline, but it will enable them to stream music right from Facebook.

So far Facebook has only released the feature to a few bands, but it will slowly release it to the entire Facebook music community. This feature reminds me of old MySpace band pages with music players. Users used to be able to listen to music right on the MySpace page and the player would record the number of plays.

Red Hot Chili Peppers Myspace

The Red Hot Chili Pepper's Myspace page

I think this is a major step for Facebook as it tries to get more market share in the entertainment category. The introduction of the ‘Listen’ button will enable Facebook to increase time on their site and engage music listeners. This is a feature music listeners have long desired. Hopefully Facebook will introduce a ‘Watching’ button for TV and movies, which will encourage streaming and compete with social networks such as GetGlue. Do you think the introduction of a ‘Listen’ button is significant? Would you ‘Watch’ TV or movies on Facebook? Let me know in the comments.

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What’s New? The Blending of Facebook and Twitter

Twitter and FacebookOver the past two weeks, we’ve seen Twitter and Facebook introduce a number of new features.¬†Surprisingly, instead of new features that differentiate the platforms, Twitter and Facebook have introduced features that mirror one another. Twitter has recently introduced profile/brand pages, which are like Facebook’s profiles and Fan pages. Facebook has introduced Timeline and Sponsored Stories, which sound an awful lot like features currently on Twitter. Here is a rundown on the “new” Twitter and “new” Facebook.

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#UnfollowFriday: The Complainer

Stressed Student

Everyone has that one person in their Twitter or Facebook stream that complains constantly. This sickness always gets worse around university finals. Finals is the time when this person becomes overrun with work and particularly vulnerable to the terrible sickness known as End of the Semester Stress Disorder (ESSD). Unfortunately for their friends and followers this disease is highly contagious and is currently plaguing both Facebook and Twitter streams.

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Get a Room: Your Private Life is Officially a Lot More Public

Paparazzi imageThe rise of social media has brought a fundamental change to the Internet and the world. No longer can we post and share like nobody is watching. Each and every post we make has the potential to spread; all it takes is one retweet, re-post or share.

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