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Month: January, 2010

Why Grooveshark rocks!

Grooveshark lets you access music at any time, any place. It’s one of the most expansive, customizable, and feature-rich online jukeboxes on the Web, and it’s completely free to use.

  1. Type a song in the box and hit enter.
  2. Hit the tiny “+” next to your song choice and it gets added to your playlist.
  3. Hit play!

Grooveshark is so popular because it has an extensive library of music – 7 million songs as of October 2009. Plus, it is available for use in Canada, unlike Pandora or Spotify.

You can “follow” other users and see what they are listening to. This creates a sense of community and keeps you informed of new music. Follow me on grooveshark!

Grooveshark’s blog has info about their new Facebook application, how to add playlists to your WordPress, and their new iPhone app.

Grooveshark runs out of Gainesville, Florida. Founded in 2006 by Sam Tarantino, CEO, Josh Greenberg, CTO + VP of Products, and Andres Barreto, Grooveshark works on a freemium business model. Click here to find out their user stats.

Like many online music streaming sites, it has issues with copyright. If Grooveshark doesn’t last, I still see the trend of online streaming continuing. However, I hope that their new partnership with EMI means they are here to stay.

Why Grooveshark is useful for PR:

  • to watch user trends in music
  • establish a community of go-to users on the watch for new music
  • track user choices and track your artist if you sign up through the Grooveshark Artists section

Check out Hayley’s blog to find out more!


Social Bookmarking “How to”

Just what is Social Bookmarking? We all want to remember important links, and some of you might be used to adding webpages to “Favourites” or “Bookmarks” on your web browsers, but Social Bookmarking allows you to do this on a web page, so you can access it from anywhere instead of the list being tied to your computer.

Common Craft makes excellent how-to videos, and their “Social Bookmarking in Plain English” really came in handy when figuring out what Social Bookmarking is all about and how to get started with it.

What I love about this video is the simplicity in describing the process of Social Bookmarking, and I thought the graphics were humorous and made the video more enjoyable. This video also helps to explain how to use tags, and why they are so important. It uses Delicious as its example, and this is one of my favourite Social Bookmarking sites, but there are many others operating in the same facet, such as StumbleUpon and Twine.

Take a look at my delicious to see what I like. With Social Bookmarking, you can add other bookmarkers with similar interests to your network, so you never miss a thing! This is an extremely helpful tool when you want to remember a Public Relations blog you’ve found, and you can get suggestions from other users.

Sarah can tell you why Social Bookmarking is for you.  Be sure to check out why Jenna thinks Social Bookmarking is great for PR. Auravelia helps you out with Social Bookmarking 101.

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