Friday, January 16, 2009

Collaborative playlist on the sidebar

I mentioned last night that you should "join" my site using FriendConnect, Google's service for adding social tools to sites. What I've enjoyed so far about FriendConnect is the way in which it makes public the individuals who hang out here. I don't have a huge audience, but those who do hang out tend to come back relatively frequently. In much the same way that Google Reader's sharing has connected friends of mine who previously didn't know each other, I see FriendConnect facilitating relationships among my readers that might not have otherwise been able to develop.

There is a bit of a challenge here, however: for a blog that's been around for more than seven years, a non-trivial number read the blog in their aggregator. Which means they never (or rarely) come back to the site. That's a discussion for another day.

In any event, I added the iLike gadget (if you have a site, go to your FriendConnect dashboard and click on "social gadgets") to the site. It allows you to add songs to my playlist -- provided that you've joined the site. See? There are privileges of membership. ;) You can find out more about the playlist gadget from iLike's blog. Neat idea.

Eager to see if people find this interesting. Let me know what you think.

1 comment:

  1. As a reader of your blog via Google Reader, I stop by on your actual blog when you make reference to changes of your blogs layout.
    As to iLike, I'm not likely to add something like it. sIf anything, I would be more likely to add something that mixes my iLike stream with my Twitter stream and many of my other streams.
    However, as it is, I have enough junk in my sidebars.
    That said, I'm watching closely to see what sort of FriendConnect gadgets come along.