I’ve finally been getting into Spotify. One of the cool features of Spotify is the Last.fm’ish capability of seeing what friends are listening to, and checking out their playlists. This is enabled by Facebook sharing. Pretty cool, except for the fact that Facebook sharing puts a lot of updates out there.
Brandon is now listening to * embarrassing pop song from the 90s* on Spotify!
Quite frankly I just don’t think most people care what I’m listening to, except other Spotify users who may be curious about my playlists.
In controlling options for apps that can publish content to my news feed, I have four options: Public, Friends, Custom List (Close Friends, College, Hometown, etc), or Only Me.
Why not add an option to allow “Others Who Use This App” to see updates?
Social media types often speak of relevance, or the idea of creating content that is relevant to your audience. Google+ is built around the idea, forcing users to select which circles their friends should be in, thus dividing them into related groups so that content can be specifically shared with a relevant audience.
Facebook was late to the game as far as lists/circles, and their sorting features are still not so great. This is one obvious, easy way to cut down on the clutter and MySpace’ishness that gets worse with each passing day.
Yes, I could go through and create a list of people who use Spotify, but manually adding and subtracting people as they begin and cease to use the program is just inefficient and unsustainable.
Think about how such an option would apply to the games so many people are annoyed by. Farmville people really care what Farmville people are doing – why not enable that? The rest of us loathe Farmville, but Farmville users could Farmville each other to death with this option enabled.
If only there was an option to not see thousands of tacky images with “clever” saying overlaid on them…