Why Last.fm Ought to Love its Fans
As long as I’ve been paying attention to Last.fm, I’ve been fascinated by what a loyal fanbase they have. Not userbase. FANbase. People who will bend over backwards to defend the site’s developers against disgruntled users. And now, people who will pick up the slack when they miss important boats.
As everyone knows, last week Facebook opened its doors to outside developers, letting them develop applications that can be integrated into Facebook profiles. Last.fm competitors iLike and MOG were on the scene immediately. In no time, iLike catapulted to the top with over 500,000 users (seems to me they’re picking up on the order of 100,000 iLike Application users a day on Facebook) making it by far the most popular application. MOG’s application does not seem to be having as much success.
And where is Last.fm, the most popular music networking site of them all? MIA. Says Russ, one of Last.fm’s top devs:
We are working on it, however Facebook gave our competitors several weeks’ head start over this, which they perplexingly didn’t give us.
But not to fear, because in the meantime, Last.fm fans have wasted no time in buiding their own applications to integrate Last.fm data into Facebook profiles. Among them:
Last.fm which is very sweet as it lets people stream your most recent listens (well, at least 30 seconds of some of them anyway)
xat’s Last.fm plugin which I’d like more if it would refresh.
Fortunately, Last.fm did know to say thank you:
Then we’ll be relying on you all to spread the word. May the best music revolution win! ;)
On a related note, I’ve been using Facebook for a little over a year, ever since David Silver said something to the effect that people who teach college students about the internet are negligent if they aren’t on Facebook, leading to one of those hard cold moments of shameful recognition of the truth that sent me scurrying to create an account ASAP. But until recently, there’d been nothing for me there. Sure I can see pictures of my students (too often with alcohol in hand) and I like being able to follow my favorite students after they graduate through the site, but the few peers I had on there weren’t really using it to communicate with each other, if they were using it at all.
But in the last 2 months something really changed. Maybe it was Richard Smith creating a group for the Association of Internet Researchers’ fall meeting in Vancouver. Maybe it was just critical mass. But suddenly the joint is hopping with so many of my honest-to-goodness friends that it’s become the Must Visit spot on my daily internet rounds.
Meanwhile, on yet another related note, I’ve started a Last.fm group for scrobblers who study the internet. If you’re one of them, please join us here.
But if what they say is true, what’s with Facebook leaving Last.fm out of the loop? That’s not right.
Update: Official App is now out and fine as the user-generated ones were, it’s way way better than them.