Clarifying Technology

A brief post to explain some of the technology I’ve blogged about recently (here and here).

Twitter

From their websiteTwitter is a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?

From me: On Twitter, you have a profile where you “Tweet”, or post updates about what you are doing, thinking, seeing, etc.  It’s basically a whole website dedicated to your Facebook status.  In fact, you can tell Twitter to update your Facebook status, which I do.  It’s also called “micro-blogging” because you get 140 characters to say EXACTLY what’s on your mind.  People have described it as “haikus for the 21st century.”  So, it’s just a way for me to let the whole world know what’s on my mind even when I’m nowhere near a computer (you can update from your phone or online).

Pandora

From their website :

When was the last time you fell in love with a new artist or song?

At Pandora, we have a single mission: To play only music you’ll love.

To understand just how we do this, and why we think we do it really, really well, you need to know about the Music Genome Project®.

Since we started back in 2000, we have been hard at work on the Music Genome Project. It’s the most comprehensive analysis of music ever undertaken. Together our team of fifty musician-analysts has been listening to music, one song at a time, studying and collecting literally hundreds of musical details on every song. It takes 20-30 minutes per song to capture all of the little details that give each recording its magical sound – melody, harmony, instrumentation, rhythm, vocals, lyrics … and more – close to 400 attributes! We continue this work every day to keep up with the incredible flow of great new music coming from studios, stadiums and garages around the country.

With Pandora you can explore this vast trove of music to your heart’s content. Just drop the name of one of your favorite songs or artists into Pandora and let the Genome Project go. It will quickly scan its entire world of analyzed music, almost a century of popular recordings – new and old, well known and completely obscure – to find songs with interesting musical similarities to your choice. Then sit back and enjoy as it creates a listening experience full of current and soon-to-be favorite songs for you.

You can create as many “stations” as you want. And you can even refine them. If it’s not quite right you can tell it so and it will get better for you.

The Music Genome Project was founded by musicians and music-lovers. We believe in the value of music and have a profound respect for those who create it. We like all kinds of music, from the most obtuse bebop, to the most tripped-out drum n bass, to the simplest catchy pop tune. Our mission is to help you connect with the music YOU like.

We hope you enjoy the experience!

From me: Pandora is sorta like a radio-Walkman hybrid for your computer.  You create a free account and then can add “channels.”  On each channel, you add songs or artists you like, and Pandora finds new music to match your tastes.  My channel has everything from John Mayer, Jack Johnson, Norah Jones, Meiko & Jason Mraz (which I added)  to Al Green, Stevie Wonder & Bill Withers (which I also added).  In between, Pandora finds me “new” artists like The Beatles, Ben Folds/Ben Folds Five, Regina Spektor, The Commodores & Courtney Jaye, whose music is similar in some way to what I’ve already told Pandora I like.  I use this now instead of my iPod because it’s always changing!  It makes great background music when I’m reading, surfing the web, or doing homework.

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  1. Cheryl

    Sounds neat! I would like to try it…see what new stuff matches my ol’ fogey stuff!

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