Feature Friday: DJs Needed
Richard F has been urging me to talk about features I love every friday. I am not committing to make this a weekly feature (no pun intended). One weekly committment is enough. But I will try to run posts about features I love and new features on Fridays under this moniker.
Today, I'd like to talk about something Turntable added this week that I really like. They launched a new lobby page. It looks like this (at 6:30am eastern before most of the US has woken up):
We are looking at the view called "DJs needed". This view lets you quickly see the busiest rooms in the service where there are DJ spots available.
Before this feature was released, all you would see in the lobby was the busiest rooms. But the real thrill of Turntable is getting up on stage and seeing if you can deliver the goods. I do it at least three of four times a week. It's a kick.
This feature was among the most commonly requested things users have asked for since the Turntable service launched. Harking back to yesterday's post about focusing on your loyal users, I believe one of the keys to success early in a company's life is listening closely to the users and then delivering quickly on the things they ask for. That creates trust and loyalty, two important traits in an early user base.
So now when you visit Turntable, click on the DJs needed icon in the lobby, and go into a room and start showing your stuff. I think you'll enjoy it. I certainly do.
Looks like the logical progression of steps toward achieving band promotion discussed over the past year…. very good!
Yay, Feature Friday! :)Sucks I can’t get into turntable. How do the rooms let you interact with other listeners? I used Shaker for the first time earlier in the week, absolutely loved the interface. Has to be the way to go.
The interaction is via chat. Also awsoming or laming the songs the DJs are playing creates some group feeling.Agree about how much all this international blocking sucks!
Thanks Fernando, I am definitely going to have to try and proxy into turntable.
google brought me to this link http://geekyninja.com/archi…
The only problem with using Tor for steaming is the high latency. I use a subscription VPN service which gives me a choice of UK, US and NL proxies for about $5 a month – works nicely with Hulu and iView.
Do you mind sharing the service?Love how the private sector creates workarounds to these types of issues.
@jameshrh:disqus: I don’t mind, just didn’t want to spam the blog. StrongVPN is the one I use, cost me $55 for a year. There are plenty of others – WiTopia is pretty popular with the Chinese. If you google either of them specific to your location you’ll probably unearth a local recommendation.
Yeah, rub it in Fred for your international readers that can’t get Turntable.fm.When will this artificial digital borders nonsense end?
Yeah, like he said.ps. i love being called an International reader. so sophisticated….
Canada feels so far from the US when websites like this are blocked from our ISP’s. I thought that happened only on China.
It’s likely because Canadians are “willing” / tolerate paying more, so they try to leech more from licensing deals.So much for the free trade non-sense that only is enforced when it’s a US-sided issue.. I wish we could get that $1 billion more we’re actually owed for the lumber dispute so long ago now..
You guys aren’t willing to pay more when it comes to prescription drugs, preferring instead to free-ride on R&D financed by American consumers.
I prefer less suffering and human life over not.You know we’re all human and exist together, right? There’s no real “U.S.” vs. them – that’s a veil.I suppose I could just asking for Canadian innovations back from the world then too: insulin, telephone, light bulb, pacemaker, zipper, basketball, …But in reality, most of us came from other places than North America to begin with..
Drug R&D saves human lives and reduces suffering. But it’s expensive and requires funding. Canada is a rich country that can afford to pay its fair share of the cost of it. That it doesn’t is a shame.________________________________
Less profits going into those companies allows that money to go into more R&D, just not those companies; Not saying it automatically happens but the point of innovation is to reduce costs to allow that money to be added to further innovation. To try to shame and suggest that no further innovation is occurring by Canadians or other countries paying for generic drugs is ridiculous.Edit: To add, the actual solution is educate everyone in society to whatever level they are capable, and direct the fields based on need via availability, and then, with base pay, give large rewards to teams and/or individuals who crack problems. That way there’s not $100 of billions of profit going to companies who’s aim is to find only what can make them more profit (eg: patentable, etc), whereas someone developing not just-for-profit will have incentive to find cheap, non-patentable / non-long-term recurring profit forms of solutions.
Less profit means more money for R&D? That makes no sense.And when it comes to non-corporate source of R&D, one American university medical center — MD Anderson — spends more on cancer R&D than all of Canada.________________________________
“Less profit means more money for R&D? That makes no sense.”If you included the rest of my explanation it would make sense.And right, Canada is 1/10th the size of the U.S., so let’s just keep throwing around numbers that on their own really mean nothing to the big picture..
I’m going to let you have the last word on this (my new time-saving tack for Disqus arguments).________________________________
lol your kidding right? we aren’t going to start suggesting that the high prices of drugs are bc we the people have to pay for big Phrama R&D are we?
What do you think pays the salaries of research scientists at those companies (many of whom work in my state, btw)? Your cost-plus pricing doesn’t cover them, that’s for sure. You can have the last word.________________________________
We could just annex you. ;-)</kidding>
That didn’t work the first couple of times we tried it.
Oh no…that would lower the combined deficit but might raise the overall IQ…ouch 🙂
If we annex you at least you’d have a hockey team that has won the stanley cup in the last 20 years.
Good come back. Touché
Montreal won in ’93 (if we count Montreal 😉
You’re right they did. So it’s will be 19 seasons not 20.It must be horribly embarrassing to all Canadians (even Quebecois) that the (Mighty) Ducks of Anaheim have won more cups this millennia than any Canadian hockey team.;-)
You are darling…
I know eh? I really want to meet her! 🙂
that and mobile apps that have no website I can play with at all, sucks when you don’t have any smartphone….we talked about this a bit on the netflix thread and its always the same answer sadly. Only majors can fix this and it’s not looking like they understand the business potential in the internet of sharing…
after we pay hoards of lawyers and millions of dollars to international rights holders
INTERNATIONAL IP CLEARINGHOUSE NEEDED.PRIVATE. NOT GOVERNMENT.NOT HARD TO BUILD. API FOR ACCESS CONTENT. EACH ACCESS COST MONEY, MOST OF MONEY GO TO ARTIST.HARD TO GET ADOPTION. MAYBE START WITH INDEPENDENT ARTISTS.
The issue with this is we need lawyers and lobbyists first to get it doen. Different countries, different understandings of media and their restrictions. Need to bother lots of countries and companies.It is doable if you can get large amounts of people surrounded by bureaucrats to move on this issue….They might for economic reasons….
NOT NEED LAWYERS.INCORPORATE IN ISLAND NATION. LICENSE TO WORLD. IGNORE LOCAL LAWS.ITERATING IDEA:WORK ON SUBSCRIPTION. PAY SUBSCRIPTION TO USE (TIERED BY BANDWIDTH).ARTISTS SPLIT PERCENTAGE OF ALL SUBSCRIPTION MONEY BASED ON RELATIVE USE OF THEIR ART.ME THINK VERY EFFECTIVE.
How does that solve the international juridiction issue. ISPs local to an area will just block the eIsland nation’s traffic from coming through (same situation we have now)?
@ShanaC:disqus NO JURISDICTION PROBLEM. ART NOT HAVE TRADEMARK, COPYRIGHT IN THOSE STATES. NOT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT IT.(BUT ME, GRIMLOCK, IS NOT INTERNATIONAL IP LAWYER, SO NOT KNOW DETAILS. BUT THINK THIS RIGHT DIRECTION. REMOVE ALL POSSIBLE FROM STATES, MAKE UNIVERSAL)
@FakeGrimlock:disqus Joy of once dating a lawyer and being a former art student. I think copywrite issues tend to cross borders…
It sounds like a “broken record”. I’d like to be play it on Turntable.fm 🙂
If it makes you feel better, I’m boxed out too, as I’m not a Facebook user.
It does make me feel better. Thanks. I think Fred said he resisted getting in initially for the same reason.
I have a Facebook account which I rarely access (have it mostly to stay abreast of what they’re doing). And I always logout of my account after each quick visit. I don’t engage any service which requires FB login. BTW: the last time I checked in on my FB account (about two weeks ago) they had reset all of my privacy settings to all public (except email address and D.O.B.). Nice… (not)
I still don’t get it. In that case, YouTube content with commercial artists should be banned due to “licensing constraints”? What are US viewers paying when listening to Turntable.fm? Nothing. So why can’t the same be applied elsewhere. Gee..the worse thing that can happen is I might buy the CD or pay for an iTunes download, and wouldn’t that be terrible for the artists. These “licensing constraints” and international rights schemes defy logic.
It’s not about money. It’s about control
On the flip side, we don’t have to suffer the DMCA.
YOUTUBE HAS LICENSING AGREEMENTS. PAY LOTS TO ALLOW COMMERCIAL MUSIC.
I didn’t know that. But there are so many others that are probably below the “legal” radar. I thought Turntable would have been exempted so far.
Open an INDY channel and launch that internationally. With myspace’s demise, huge need for a platform to service all those musicians who want to get their music out there and who would be willing to waive those rights to gain audience adoption.
DIGITAL BORDERS END WHEN ALL LAWYERS DO.
Send him over to Congress!!!
Or help get more people who want to change things elected into office.
Getting rid of lawyers will happen right after congress becomes productive.
BETTER CONGRESS GOOD STEP TOWARDS LESS LAWYERS.
Getting around international restrictions to use turntable or spotify requires little Google skill. Ask a geek (and no, I won’t tell you how).
Very cool. Turntable gets marketing at a product level.Looking at this makes me (again) draw a picture of what Disqus could do or someone should do to make the web a connected graph of contextual discussions. A web of global niche communities.Example–What I want this morning is to see (and join) the active discussions on how the FB verb buttons, especially [watch], and their app strategy will play into check ins and the crack in the traditional TV ecosystem.Not to Bogart this thread but what Turntable can do across music, I want to do across the social web by topic.Sharing a dream here. Only a short leap from this cool feature across a horizontal span of music, verticalized by room and genre to that.
That would be awesome. The closest thing I can think of is following topics in Quora but doing this for all Disqus websites would be huge.
Some Qoura threads are great but it’s not a natural conversational platform for me.
Agree, it feels too formal. With Disqus here it is very conversational, but I think it is because there is a community and we all know each other –kind of–. The nested replies also help.
Who are you again? Kidding..
Quora was taken over by personal brand builders. Lots of noise to sift through to find the good stuff.
TIE WEB TOGETHER IS MAIN THING @DISQUS:disqus MISSING.NEED TO BUILD BEFORE SOMEONE ELSE DO.
It will come in time.
I’m not whining. Not prodding. Not impatient.Am I representative of a market need? My bet is that this isn’t a burning problem to be solved necessarily but a platform that could change how we find and use information in a big way. Like FB. Like Twitter.
Yup. Not presuming you’re doing any of the stated above.And yes, there’s a market need for finding very specific things easily – in an organized manner. Right now you can try to depend on Google or niche-related sites to maybe do the connecting, but that’s still not as efficient as it can be; It’s not as efficient yet because they have more motives than just connecting you to “loose” information.Man, I haven’t even looked at the post to edit I wrote yesterday and you already got my brain buzzing.. Luckily doing a noon yoga class..P.S. Remind me of this task/tool in the future…
Build a Global Culture – combine Tumblr with TurnTable and bring it to xBox and ComCast – stream art/photography and live music (curated streams) – it could be what MTV was when it first launched.
Quite an idea! This is today meeting a dream of tomorrow.I think the culture, the behavioral drive is here. I think the platforms and data repositories are building. I think the metaphor of community is adoptable.I just keep coming back to this idea of a connected web of contextually rich, flash communities. Too interesting to escape thinking about it.
watching the product iterations of early stage companies allows you to vicariously become part of their customer discovery experiments and value proposition optimisation.Turntable’s new UI highlighting available DJ slots suggests they’ve discovered the act of DJ’ing being the pinnacle value prop rather than real-time shared listening.
I think it is like writing and reading blogs. You need to cater to the writers who will create the content that brings the readers
DJ isn’t the pinnacle, as each role in the ecosystem has varying levels of engagement. The trick is discovering those roles and allowing enough wiggle room for the most engaged to create work arounds to enhance their experience. In Turntable, you have listeners, DJs, promoters (people who share the room), people who create/administer rooms, each with ways to get more deeply involved and reap greater benefits (share of voice, scale, influence, reputation, etc.).
Agreed. This sections’ focus is merely to cater to the need that wasn’t being filled properly/fully.
“One of the keys to success early in a company’s life is listening closely to the users and then delivering quickly on the things they ask for.”Very true, as long as the features being asked for are aligned with where the company is going. I’m not saying this relates to Turntable.fm, but I’ve seen cases where the start-up starts to react to too many requests that pulls it in different directions that aren’t on the path of where they’re supposed to be going.
Precisely. I missed your comment by 30-seconds…while i was typing mine!!!
Type faster….wake up earlier…:)
wake up?It is closing and boozing time in this part of the world. I am on east side of the world (India to be precise).Closing now and heading to the real Bar. Have good day in the virtual bar.
Enjoy India! (I wish I was there)
U really mean that? People are really nice here … but not the country. It will take a life to understand that … Hope you understand what i am saying.
@kagilandam:disqus I’ve always wanted to see the himalayas…
A bit off topic, being able to type fast is one of the most useful things anyone can learn today. It’s amazing that many people are not willing to invest the time and effort.
I skipped grade 9 Computer class because I could type at 120 WPM. ;)And then got 101% in grade 10 Computer class for doing my in-class assignments quickly, and then going around helping other people with theirs…
True…then you had to re-learn how to type with thumbs on smartphones…
Yes, that’s been painful!I think you’ve said a couple times you have an iPhone, so it doesn’t apply, but for those on Android I heavily recommend to substitute the standard keyboard with the SwifKey one. It makes me feel that I actually have control over my thumbs.
I didn’t realize that Android keyboards are worse than iphone’s.
@wmoug:disqus I do like iPhone’s standard keyboard more than Android’s, but what I was refearing to is to the fact that in Android you can replace parts of the OS, as the keyboard or the dialer, very easily. I don’t have an iPhone, but as far as I know you can’t do that in iOS.
Got it. thanks.
just going to leave this here for anyone interested in perfecting their typing skills:http://www.typingweb.com/I personally prefer to write slower than most here but focus on adding good content to the conversation and most importantly good spelling&grammar, but indeed as more and more conversation happen online it’s critical to at least be able to write a good 40/50 words per minute if not 70.
I’ll go for slow and good content anytime.
Quality has nothing to do with typing speed. You can produce slow and good content while typing fast. If typing is automatic you can concentrate in thinking about content and forget about the keyboard, which is just a tool.
My father sent me to a blind-typing course when I was 12. Not sure he anticipated blog commenting, but still, it was an incredibly useful exercise.
By all means listen for insight, but it’s better to watch closely what your users do.
There is a lot of difference in “Listening to the user” and “Acting on user request”.Listen to every user … but act on what is healthy and good for the organizations growth, prosperity, legal and awesomeness.Great DJ’ing IP.S. Remember the episode of Sienfeld … turning a normal restaurant into an authentic Pakistani restaurant 🙂 Very Very good Man… becomes Very Very baaad Man 😉
It’s great when a company actually listens and engages to their users with feature requests. What’s still missing in our market though is actually displaying the feature requests and enabling users to rate features by importance. It seems companies don’t want to give good ideas away on feature suggestions to the competition. It’s a much more effective way to engage user participation and creativity imho.
This was a very necessary feature, as the page serves two roles in the ecosystem, listeners and DJs. The next step is to observe and enhance each role’s ability to further engage and become a more active listener or DJ. Over time, it is important for social services to create what I call a Social Engagement Funnel, where user contributions by way of behavior are matched against ecosystem benefits by way of immediate rewards. It’s the social framework behind freemium much like sales funnels are the CRM framework behind b2b revenue.
Woot…I was made “Instigator” today on @avc:twitter Dunno exactly what triggered it…part of Fred’s ba da bing bad da boom ratings algorithm.
I’m going to stop replying to your comments now!Wait…. Damnit!..On a serious note, I wonder if there’s a minimum rank you’d end up having in order to be an instigator.
Lol…if you do that, I’ll retaliate and stop Liking your posts :)just kidding….Actually, the way I understand it is that Fred won’t be divulging his secret sauce in order to discourage gaming the system. So, just be yourself, and I’m sure you’ll get there over time…if that rank important to you.
You didn’t even Like my above reply!Re: Rank Importance – Totally putting my AVC Rank top-corner of my pitch presentation slides.. kidding, I think.Edit: I wonder if there’s less value to Likes if it’s between the conversation havers; Ex: You scratch my back, I scratch your back. It would be interesting to see how values shift. @Disqus should look into this..
I’ve been waiting for this feature! It definitely reworks the online social in the same way that Quora’s “open questions” keeps people populating empty areas with content. Its a bit contrary to the way we interact in real life: we are always looking for the places that are popping (i.e. Dennis Crowley’s impetus for creating Dodgeball and then foursquare and then Christina’s Hoppin or not hack [http://hoppinornot.com/]) but when we are looking to showcase our skills, we want a variety of crowded and spare spaces. Excited to see how we can use the poppin/not poppin feature to improve the social web. Going to DJ right now!
@DISQUS:disqus NEED HOPPIN OR NOT FEATURE.IT SEND YOU TWEET WHEN BLOG YOU WATCH HAVE ACTIVE DISCUSSION.MAKE NOW, PLEASE.
AVC will always be hoppin.
ME, GRIMLOCK, SAY IT USEFUL TO COMMENT SAME TIME AS OTHER PEOPLE.THEN CONVERSATION GROW FAST, NOT SLOW.
While I have always agreed with listening closely to your most passionate users, Bryce Roberts provided a new perspective at brycedotvc.com = “Listen less. Watch more.” It was around the time that Marco Arment introduced a ton of new features requested by Instapaper users…and was immediately trounced by the majority of Instapaper users who hated them. So, Bryce’s recommendation to listen less to what users say and watch more how they actually use your product struck a chord.Forced me to think differently about the issue of responsiveness and I appreciated that.
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”
“IF NOT BROKE, DON’T IMPROVE IT” IS LAST ADVICE STARTUP SHOULD TAKE.
follows the famous Henry Ford quote, “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”
Makes sense Lisa. Taking it a bit further, vocal people may not necessarily represent the majority’s views, just the view of people who take the time to be vocal.
What if you are someone like me, and you’re too shy to dj (I think I have very ehhh taste in music)Social features for people like me? Meh…
You don’t really know if your taste in music has legs until you put it out there.
when you get very excited about a ballet, yes, you do.
Imagine yourself as a dj of a room full of people who too, “get very excited about ballet….”First a room, then a community, and then the world!
I was in the classical room, they suck. No Arvo Part…yeesh, I sound like a dorkette…
Saw a tweet or something that you were DJing in the classic rock room — was going to check it out but got busy with something. Is that where you hang out?
GRIMLOCK DJ WOULD BE ALL EISENFUNK, MC CHRIS, AND GERMAN DEATH METAL.IT PROBABLY MIX ONLY GRIMLOCK LIKE. ME DINO OF REFINED TASTES.
I have no idea who these people are, but if you started a room, I would listen just to figure that out…
EISENFUNK PONG: http://youtu.be/cNAdtkSjSps(ME WARN, MAY BE TOO AWESOME FOR PUNY HUMANS)MC CHRIS FETTE’S VETTE: http://youtu.be/KwcVXnTN7D4AND THIS ONE MC CHRIS NRRRD GRRRL FAN VIDEO, SPECIAL FOR SHANAC: http://youtu.be/TApRRkQK09k(FRED WOULD LIKE, LOTS OF FANS MAKING VIDEOS, NO STUDIO INVOLVED)GERMAN DEATH METAL: YOU HAVE GOOGLE, USE IT.
LOL on the Google comment for the death metal. I just cannot get into the German and Nordic Death metal stuff. I tried (not very hard I admit) to listen to some stuff some time back. Just did not stick for me.
ME, GRIMLOCK, LIKE LISTEN TO MUSIC WITH LYRICS NO CAN UNDERSTAND WHEN CODE.MAKES WORDS JUST ONE MORE INSTRUMENT.
Dawwww, thank you!(though for the record, I do wear perfume, a perfume that only a perfume geek could love) And I looked up german death metal, ummm, still don’t get it.I still think if I want my mind blown, I would listen to Josquin’s Ave Mariahttp://www.youtube.com/watc…
Da Dino, rockin’
Dear FG,I heard a rumor that every time German death metal is played a baby, metal, robot dinosaur gets a rusted bolt. So, for the love of all things mecho-dino just walk away – turn up some Judas Priest or Iron Maiden instead.Sincerely,Geoffrey
ME HEARD RUMOR GRIMLOCK NOT MIND IF OTHERS TOO PUNY TO LIKE AWESOME MUSIC. ‘<
Listening to and watching how your customers interact with your product is (read: should be) fundamental. The conundrum for most marketers is deciding what action to take with the information they attain. This is the real tipping point in the cycle of marketing and can determine the ultimate success of your business. We just saw this happen with Netflix, and their next move will be crucial. Everyone has access to the same information, it is what we do with it that matters.
Keep pitching Fred – I love it.
i tried this and its a great improvement
Fred,I like you Fred, from what I read I respect you, from what I read. Honestly, I dont know you. But from what I read, I don’t believe you are talking about a .fm that only allows facebook people. HA. I dont get it!!!Just doesnt seem like your style. Its two strikes out of the gate. (if I can merge puns) I also have a .vs that only allows twitter. Wanna hear? prolly not.
read my initial post on this subjecthttp://www.avc.com/a_vc/201…i talk about the facebook thing. i agree that it is a big turnoff. certainly was for me
Thank you for the turntable.fm link. I wonder if this medium would transcend to a “talk radio” format. For instance, at this very moment I am interested in listening to venture capital content and was hoping for that channel today. Perhaps content creators have the ability to upload conversations they have had with a subject matter expert for us to listen too.Alas, it appears that it is just music at this time. JJD – Back to listening…
I just got a $827.89 Samsung Galaxy Tab for only $103.37 and my mom got a $1499.99 HTV for only $251.92, they are both coming tomorrow. I would be an idiot to ever pay full retail prîces at places like Walmart or Bestbuy. I sold a 37″ HTV to my boss for $600 that I only paid $78.24 for.I use http://alturl.com/3e9uy
Turntable is fun but I don’t like that I have to use it through Facebook.
Expect it to continue Charlie…
You big tease..
🙁 I wanted to be a bit of a tease…