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What can we learn from blip.fm

March 25th, 2009 by Graham Attwell

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This is my favourite site of this year. In fact I could see me wasting so much time on blip.fm that i have limited my access to after seven in the evening (may have to fit kid proof software to reinforce my will).

For the initiated what is blip.fm? It is a site which allows you to search for music, play music and share it through a 150 character message. Integration with twitter means what you are playing is automatically posted to your twitter friends (although there is an easy override if you feel embarrassed about your musical tastes. You can follow people and their music appears on your home page. And friends can send you ‘props’ as an acknowledgement of a track they like, which you can in turn pass on to others. That’s about it.

Why does it work so well? Partly because it features an attractive interface, it works every time and it is a very short learning curve. But above all because it enables something we all like to do – to play music and share it with our friends. And it makes that just a little bit easier. I have spent many happy evenings sharing utube and Last.fm tracks over skype. But this is just so much better. And why am i going on about it? Not i assure you because i am looking for more listeners – although if you want to check out my cool grooves my user name is GrahamAttwell.

Over the past few weeks i have been restling with use cases and requirements for a Personal Learning and Maturing Environment (and in the enxt two days I will try to tell you want differentiates a PLME form a PLE). But it seems to me that blip.fm shows the way forward in helping people do something they want to do in a social environemnt. When we can design sowfatre for learning as good as this we will be making progress.

NB many thanks to CosmoCat and MariaPerif for encouraging my new career as a DJ!

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2 Responses to “What can we learn from blip.fm”

  1. CosmoCat says:

    Dear Graham,
    It is my pleasure to listen to the great music you play!
    I would like to thank you again for sharing this wonderful tool and would like to share how it all started!
    Last Friday while on Twitter, I saw your tweets and could recongnize it was about music. With a clic I was on Blip.fm and it was so easy to start and enjoy some cool music-By the way, thanks for the props 🙂
    I immediately invited some friends. I had a SKYPE RDV with one of them. So we started talking and another friend joined us and there we were three of us discovering the magic of blip! It was amazing how we were three beginners trying to explore the features on the site and explaining what everyone just learned. We went on like this until 1 a.m!! Than another friend from France joined and he had his blip lesson by fresh new beginners too:)
    My friend–you can follow him on blip PaulKTakahashi 🙂 was wondering if he could find some great music from the balkans and said “well may be not here” He was so pleased to be wrong and even could find some old versions of music he likes!!
    So, Yes, this is a great to share and I wish blip long life!
    Looking forward to listen to you Mister Graham DJ both on Blip and Sounds of the Bazar!

    Warmly,

    CosmoCat

  2. anjaduc says:

    Thanks to CosmoCat’s source as I’m getting completely addicted to this stuff! I recognize the “I have to do this after work” part very well…

    DANK U WEL,

    Anja

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