I started a new side-project (hey, what’s new?).
It’s called #listenwithus. Discover music together.
(I quite like the logo).
The idea for this is quite old. For a while I wanted a way in which people can listen to music together, and share music with a common goal. I originally intended for people to earn badges. ie. Listen to 200 jazz songs. Or listen to 100 songs of the 2000’s.
And then last week I realised it is kinda pointless. Let’s MVP it. Keep it very basic. One theme a week, and that’s it. People share as much as they want.
The goal was to make the hashtag readable as possible without being too large. So I came to: #listenwithus.
The idea is also counter to increasing personalization that is occurring on the web. Everyone is living in their own bubble having individual journeys. We are losing shared culture. A newspaper served as shared culture. And magazines (amongst enthusiasts) as that was the only place where information came to people (besides word of mouth). So I want to bring back some of that shared culture to music. Each week, I will pick a theme and we will share music and discover it together. Suggestions for themes are also welcome!
For now, I’m focusing on Twitter, but other platforms can also be used: App.net, Google+, Facebook, Tumblr, etc. Spam is a potential problem, but I’ll tackle that in the future (have some ways to tackle it).
My definition of success for this is small. If I get one new song a week from the hashtag, I’m happy!
So, let’s share and discover music together. Listen with us!
The first one, is ‘2013’. Find some tweets here: #listenwithus2013.