In the hopes of mixing things up in this space, I plan on putting up some "What I Like" posts that will talk about anything and everything that I am currently enjoying quite a bit. Think of them as one shot reviews of things, services, web sites, gadgets, books, beer, hiking gear, tea/coffee, movies, really anything! These types of post are aimed at being a snapshot of what ever is striking my fancy at the moment.
In the end, my hope for these posts is to bring your attention to something that maybe you have never seen before that I hope you would enjoy (like I do).
So! Shall we? Yes? Sweet!
Today's Topic: is a little gem of a social web service called "This is My Jam". It's a relatively new web site (it's still in beta actually), but it started getting wider adoption at the beginning of this year.
What's it Do?: it allows you to choose a song as your "jam" and it posts the tune up for the world to see (and your followers) for as long as 7 days before it asks you to choose another one. It also allows you to display your curated picks on Twitter and Facebook, if you like. The final icing on the cake? You can also listen to a stream of your followers selected "jams" as well!
I particularly like this feature because when your friends or like-minded followers create a playlist for you, it affords all kinds of fun and surprising music possibilities! It's eclectic, engaging and, most importantly, fun!
Ok, but how easy is it to use?:
That's it! It's an über simple service and I think it's simplicity is it's greatest strength. It serves only one purpose: to help you share your favorite tunes with the world.
But even the simplest ideas can fall flat if the implementation is poorly thought out or awkward. Thankfully, the folks behind TIMJ made the user experience and interface clean, simple and nice to look at (always a bonus). It also takes very little time to use (the last thing you or I need is another social network taking up your time).
In a world of bloated and complicated everything-and-the-kitchen-sink web-based services, it's nice to see one that has taken a simple idea and implemented it so well.
As I said before, it's still in it's fledgling stages and while plenty of people use it, I wouldn't say it's thoroughly caught fire yet. But regardless, check it out, sign up, create an account and invite your friends! You'll be sharing AND discovering new music in no time, I promise!
One con? I do wish they had a mobile app, but I don't think that's not a deal-breaker. The best picked tunes are the ones you are sitting down and listening to anyways.
So that's it. If you like it, drop me a line on Twitter (the "follow" link is above in the header if you feel so inclined). Honestly, if you are music lover, I can't imagine you being let down.
Here's my TIMJ link: http://www.thisismyjam.com/thaddeushunt