We have experienced what I believe are TWO cataclysmic cracks in time in only 19 short days.
At this rate the whole world will be going ’round in circles and seeing spots.
Ha! that line just came to me and I unconsciously toggled to Spotify and now I’m humming Will It Go Round In Circles by Billy Preston as I type this post.
1. They are SEXY!! Simple but stunning interfaces combined with seductive new features make these technological debutantes irresistible. Just give Google+ and Spotify a try and your Facebook “Friends” and your iTunes “Pings” will soon be dancing “Circles” and sharing “Spots.”
2. They are EASY!! In just a few seconds I felt like a pro with both social networks. The interfaces are clean and easy-to-pick up—even for easily-confused techies—and their promises of a snappy user experience are right on.
3. They are ZINGY!! Songs stream instantly whether over WiFi or 3G. If you create a music playlist on the desktop app, it’s automatically added to your mobile device (and vice versa), and stays synchronized when you add or drop songs. And the ability to make songs available for listening offline (read: store them on your iPhone) without having to purchase every track individually is great for those who rely a lot on public transportation or just run into crappy AT&T reception all the time.
4. They are MIGHTY!! Spotify has an innovative freemium model that lets users listen to over 15 million tracks for free — a stark contrast to competitors like Rhapsody that require upfront monthly paid subscriptions. And Google+, well, it has the power of Google…need I say more?
5. They are HANDY!! The “People” sidebar in Spotify, populated by my Facebook friends, has actually proven handy, letting me listen to entire playlists of theirs, find new tracks I like, and share them with other users. And with no listening cap currently for U.S. users of the free tier, I imagine that many others will find lots to like, too.
On Google+ I love the fact that I can create customized Circles. I now have circles for “People to avoid who play Farmville,” “People who won’t stop posting pictures of themselves,” and “People still making Casey Anthony jokes.” Ha! On a serious note, I’ve created circles for re:create, artists, creatives, neighbors, and know-it-alls.
6. They are CATCHY!! After nearly two-and-a-half years of promises and speculation, Spotify’s music streaming service opened up shop in the U.S FOUR DAYS AGO and already promises to potentially transform the way U.S. listeners consume music. Currently, the service will be invite-only, but as CNN reports, will open itself up to all users in the coming weeks. The select number of lucky users (can you say ME!!!!) will find many of the same features some 10 million European users have been enjoying since co-founder and CEO Daniel Ek launched the service back in October 2008.
And it’s worth noting that just because a service is first (or even second) to the race doesn’t necessarily mean there isn’t room for healthy competition from a late entrant. In the social space, Facebook remains far and away the social networking champ with some 750 million active users, but Google+’s rapidly growing userbase — an estimated 10 million and counting by one third-party estimate — since last month’s launch proves people, at least when it comes to tech, will be open to and interested in features from services like Google+ and Spotify, when done right.
7. They are TRENDY!! Step up, my fellow early adopters, these services are for us—the few, the proud, the
Consider the Twitter buzz: @joeday “Could this be good-bye to iTunes?” @chrisfromcanada “Wow, @randyelrod only 3 days from inception, you are falling for Google+? ;) ” @joelklampert “Google plus (+) is not attractive to your momma!”
Question: Have You Tried Google+ or Spotify yet? What do YOU think? If not, do you plan to?If you enjoyed this, please click the buttons below and share it with your friends, er, I mean your circles, er, I mean your pluses, I mean…whatever…!