[uf-discuss] How to Announce the Availability of New Media Content with uf?

Jeff Harrington jeff at parnasse.com
Mon Dec 12 07:37:03 PST 2005

A ping server... yeah that's what the del.icio.us works as in my proposal. 

The problem I'm trying to solve is that currently online musicians have 
to post, at umpteen online forums, announcements that a new song or 
album is available.  And even then it gets missed by the majority of 
other musicians.  It probably doesn't make sense, unless you 
participated in the forums at MP3.COM where every new song was met with 
eager anticipation, comments, suggestions, etc... and listeners.  By 
creating a global music genre-specific RSS feed and some type of 
discovery mechanism with uf's (or not) I was hoping to aggregate these 
helpfully without creating new community. 

Could you give me examples of functioning ping servers and the 
community/purposes they serve?


Dr. Ernie Prabhakar wrote:

> Hi Jeff,
> I'm not sure exactly what problem you're trying to solve, but it  
> sounds like what you really want is a "ping server" (or a few) that  
> people can, well, "ping" to announce availability of new content.    
> There's scalability issues, but as far as I can tell that's the only  
> way to generate any sort of meaningful "announce" postings.
> -- Ernie P.
> On Dec 12, 2005, at 5:59 AM, Jeff Harrington wrote:
>> I've been thinking and researching for a solution to a problem  
>> independent artists have on the web.  Because of the loss of the  
>> MP3.COM community, and the diaspora of OMD's online musicians have  
>> been dispersed and now find themselve unable to easily 'announce'  
>> their new works to other music creators and consumers.
>> I've proposed at my blog, htttp://beepsnort.org a use of  
>> del.iciou.us tags to help in this process - (A Proposal for  
>> Announcing New Music Recordings on the Nethttp://beepsnort.org/ 
>> archives/000402.html) but now I'm beginning to think that  
>> microformats might be needed in order to additionally create a  
>> discovery phase of this announcement process.  Also, my use of the  
>> example, mp3_classical_contemporary tag, would probably eventually  
>> lead to an over-abundance of announcements and pseudo-announcements  
>> as the community began using it.  (Admittedly its a hack approach  
>> but does auto-generate podcasts hehe).
>> Is there an implicit announcement mechanism built in already that  
>> I'm missing?  Any research projects about how to 'announce'?  I'm  
>> looking for practical solutions for the thousands of online musicians.
>> I'm thinking at the moment of tying in my del.icio.us tag  
>> announcement with a discovery mechanism through uf's.  If I trigger  
>> the discovery by an email list I think only spam will result.
>> Any ideas or suggestions?
>> Jeff
>> http://jeffharrington.org
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