At a Facebook event last week, 60 applications were launched that integrate directly with Facebook’s open graph and the newly rolled out (and now being forced on users) Timeline Profile. It was back in September when this functionality was first announced and that was also when we started seeing the ticker on the top right of the page telling us what our friends were listening to on music streaming services such as Spotify and MOG.
The launch of FB Timeline Apps has arrived and there was much excitement last week about Ticketmaster’s contribution, with TechCrunch calling it one of the best. I decided to kick the tires on this new event discovery/ticket purchasing incorporation – perhaps they had done a better job than with the social integration of select-your-own-seat, of which I wasn’t exactly a fan.
Well, I can’t say I was surprised to see that Ticketmaster’s attempt at a Facebook App was disappointing.
#1: The events it recommends: So Ticketmaster is going to recommend concerts and events to me based on my listening history and the bands I “Like” on Facebook, sounds simple enough. Wait – why should I go see the Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns play basketball? Oh, it’s because I like the band Phoenix.
Back in February, we told you about Bruce Hornsby’s interactive live chat with his fans through the keyboardist’s Facebook page. Hornsby will answer questions from his fans once again this evening starting at 7PM EDT. Be sure to leave your query on Bruce’s official Facebook page around that time and hopefully he’ll pick your question to answer.
While Howard Stern may have revolutionized how celebrities use Twitter over the weekend by tweeting commentary along with an HBO re-airing of his Private Parts film, Bruce Hornsby is aiming to do something similar on Facebook. From 7 to 8PM this past Monday night, Hornsby responded to dozens of questions posed by his fans on the Official Bruce Hornsby Facebook Page on a wide range of topics.
Hornsby’s page announced that Bruce will take part in a Facebook Chat and prompted fans to leave questions on his “wall.” Among the subjects the former Grateful Dead keyboardist tackled were his beginnings as part of a Steely Dan cover band, Robin Williams’ penchant for dirty jokes, the status of his Broadway musical and a potential supergroup featuring Bruce and Bobby McFerrin. Bruce also shared some thoughts on the meaning behind his original songs The Chill, Continents Drift and Candy Mountain Run. The piano wiz even gave some love to Ben Folds.
All of Hornsby’s answers are scattered through his Facebook page, but many of them are contained within this thread. Bruce gained over a thousand “likes” during the session, showing that the exercise wasn’t one sided. Fans were thrilled for the opportunity to ask one of their favorite artists questions, while the artist in question gained plenty of followers who will now see the piano player’s news updates in their feed. We hope more performers follow in Bruce’s footsteps over the coming weeks and months.
As you might have noticed, we’ve added more interaction to each article on Hidden Track courtesy of a Facebook “like” button at the top of each post. Our contributors and staff create the content we post as a labor of love and it’s always nice to see that readers are picking up what we’re laying down.
If you enjoy a particular post please press the “like” button – it gives us the warm fuzzies and spreads the word on what we do here on a daily basis. Also, Jeff has been doing a bang up job curating our Facebook Page. Stay tuned as we’ve got a few ideas we’ll be implementing on it over the next few weeks including giveaways.
Earlier today we launched the Hidden Track Facebook Page on the social networking site as a way to connect with our readers. We plan to post links to noteworthy articles and videos exclusively on Facebook each day and we’ll have a giveaway for our “like”ers each month. Come on over and join us.
Here’s one last link dump for the month of April…
Before we take off, if you’ve ever watched Bill Walton call a basketball game you know that he loves throwing in random Grateful Dead references. We love this parody article that The Sports Rag posted about Walton’s ESPN bosses writing a memo instructing him to cut the shit. Enjoy the weekend!