Lyric Of The Day

I’ve been posting a lyric from a song to twitter for the past several days. Yesterday, Bijan posted a lyric back. I suggested we form the lyric of the day club and five or six others wanted in. So far, so good

I’ve been thinking of how to do this right. What follows is a suggested way for this to work. Its a work in progress. I want feedback. I’ll post again tomorrow with the final set of instructions on how to play along

1) Start your post with lotd: that is the tag to let everyone know this is your lyric of the day

2) Keep it short. We don’t want the whole song. Just a great line or two

3) Finish with song and artist

Here’s an example from my post yesterday (updated)

lotd: ‘we in brooklyn. ain’t beverly hills basically we pay bills, then chill’ The Stoop – Little Jackie

4) We need to be able to see all of them. We could all follow each other which I started to do but I think that’s overkill.

I think we should all send a text message to twitter that says: track lotd

That will ‘subscribe’ us all to every post that has lotd in it. The one issue with this is that track is not yet implemented in the web and api. So you’ll only get lyric of the day posts on your phone. I think that’s going to change soon but I don’t know when

We could create a new twitter account called lotd. I’ve actually done that in case that’s the preferred approach. We can then post all these lyrics to that page with @lotd. Maybe there’s a way to turn that into a bot that rebroadcasts all of these to everyone who follows it

I think that’s it. So, first and foremost, please join in the fun of sharing great lyrics. Second, let me know what you think of my rules. And third, I could use some feedback on which way everyone would rather go for alerting when there’s a new lyric of the day posted.


Comments (Archived):

  1. aweissman

    I suppose one could use tweetscan or twittermail to also track these — RSS and email options to receive the updates?

  2. Ric

    I don’t mind the idea of following and @replying to @lotd ….

  3. Rob Hyndman

    Tweetscan is OK but it should would be nice to get these in Twitter. I haven’t seen anything that rebroadcasts replies yet…

  4. bijan

    this is a lot of fun.I’ve been just posting the lyric w/o the band and then adding the URL to my tumblelog mp3 post with that song. some friends try guess the song before they click thru.but that only works if you have a blog I guess — and I’m thinking that lotd shouldn’t be limited to folks with blogs.I’m going to start tracking lotd in twitter.

  5. chartreuse

    Finally a valuable use for Twitter. Consider me in!

  6. jenrobinson

    These sound like good rules for now. It will be nice when twitter enables tracking in the web client.I like Bijan’s suggestion to post the track on tumblr and link from the LOTD tweet. In lieu of a blog, or in the event that you’ve already hit your one track max on tumblr, I suggest linking to the track on hype machine.Count me in on the LOTD club!

  7. Seenator

    I think the LOTD user name approach is the simplest. There is precedence for it in terms of companies/groups/concepts having a twitter page like that.Spam can be handled by blocking that user.Isn’t this the simplest form and also offers the lowest barrier to entry for people wanting to join?

  8. Andy Gadiel

    Great idea and implementation – @lotd seems like the way to go.Another way to start tracking them immediately is to use — although it appears you have to make an originating post (possibly every day to organize)Of course, then you don’t get emails and they don’t appear in Twitter (yet)Good luck!

  9. Eben Thurston

    I’m in. ?

  10. Joe Lazarus

    You could take the RSS feed from the Tweetscan search results for “LOTD” and use to pass everyone’s posts back into a new Twitter user account. Then people could follow that new user name and see everyone’s posts.

    1. fredwilson

      joelaz – a more important question. are you in?

      1. Joe Lazarus

        Oh I’m in alright, but if this turns out to be some sort of elaborate April Fools prank, I’m gonna be pissed.

        1. fredwilson

          I don’t do april fools. Never got the joke

  11. whitneymcn

    Seems like @lotd makes life a lot easier, since it’s clearer when people are talking *to* LOTD rather than talking *about* LOTD. The work involved is pretty similar to what I did for the @tweetmachine twitterbot — three year old’s bedtime schedule permitting I’ll see how much I can repurpose tonight.

    1. fredwilson

      Awesome. I love the idea of the users building the service together on the fly!

  12. AndyT13

    I’d like in on this LOTD thing.

  13. Dave Knox

    i’m a fan of tracking @lotd as the best option

  14. NICCAI

    I’m in the @lotd camp – that way we are tracking the stream – not discussions about it. That said, I’m definitely liking the community stream idea – any other similar ideas?And even though links are essential to twitter, one way of limiting spam in a group account would be to turn off linking for the account – or enabling links for tweets from people in your immediate follow list – or from the moderator lotd. Imperfect yes, but it would get around broadcast spam.Also, a simple mark-up scheme would be useful for media such as songs, books, etc.

  15. simondodson

    great idea .. im in

  16. thescott

    I’d like to suggest using hashtags (, therefore “#lotd”.

  17. Aruni S. Gunasegaram

    Sounds fun. I’m in. I heard an old Dolly Parton song on the radio when dropping the kids off. I just followed @lotd but did not see any updates which makes me wonder if it was an April fool’s joke.You could also subscribe to an RSS Feed for lotd for web users.