Songkick integrates Twitter to go realtime and preserve your gig tweets

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Hot London-based live music startup Songkick launches a new feature today allowing users to share their experiences of gigs. Users can now connect their Songkick account to their Twitter account and auto-tweet any gigs they plan to go to. That’s not that big a deal. What is pretty interesting however is how they’ve integrated Twitter to bring a realtime stream to their service.

When a user goes to a show, Songkick automatically pulls in tweets that they write during the concert as realtime, live reviews. The tweets are from actual gig-goers, making this way more valuable than just pulling in generic artist searches. This looks like the first time anyone has done this.

Since Songkick knows which gigs you’re attending via your Songkick gig calendar, once you’ve connected your account with Twitter it searches your twitter stream during the day of the gig for a mention of the artist, the venue or the hashtag #songkick.

These tweets are pulled them in as real-time comments on the gig, and – furthermore – they are then preserved for all time on the dedicated Songkick concert page for that gig.

I think this is interesting because sharing on Twitter alone means your experience gets lost in the ether the days and weeks after the gig, and won’t be found by a Twitter search even a week afterwards.

By connecting into Twitter, Songkick is going to effectively freeze-frame that gig, preserving the moment when everyone was tweeting enthusiastically about the band they were watching.

It’s an idea that is probably going to be applied to lots of other areas, especially ones were people are passionate about something, like music.

  • Ian

    Another website called Giglocator.com have had this since the start, Songkick are behind.

    • http://www.songkick.com michelle

      Hi Ian. Our implementation hasn’t been done before. Other music sites (including Giglocator) do a generic search on the artist name + “live” or “concert,” and end up pulling in all sorts of tweets by people who aren’t actually at the concert. So an example tweet on Lily Allen’s artist page on Giglocator is “http://bit.ly/2LUzz Lily reveals worst concert moment: Lily Allen has revealed how she suffe… — london_news”

      Our launch today isn’t a generic Twitter search, but a Twitter sync for Songkick users. Once you connect to Twitter on Songkick, we know what gig you’re at and pull in the tweets you make when you’re actually there. Because we know you’re going to Wilco at Troxy tonight, we’ll only pull in your today’s tweets that mention Wilco, Troxy, or #songkick. We won’t pull in tweets you made 2 weeks before about listening to Wilco’s live album, for example.

      This way our concert page serves as a record of the gig with photos, posters, setlists, videos, reviews, and now tweets from the gig.

      I hope that makes the difference clear! Let me know what you think.

    • http://twitter.com/jamesproud James Proud

      Michelle is very right. I run GigLocator myself, but our Twitter feature is more aimed at providing an overview of talk regarding that artist in the live music space.

  • http://www.ilikeucoz.com Fabio

    Neat implementation, especially the use of just one hashtag to push your tweets to Songkick. Well done guys.

  • http://mashable.com/2009/08/13/bandsintown-local-music/ SongDick

    Wish they had opened up and used #live tags like Bandsintown.com instead, so that I could share my live concert tweets and photos with any of the services that wanted to tap into it (FB, MySpace, Last.fm). More closed off social networks with too much money and closed minds.

    • http://twitter.com/kevinebaugh Kevin Ebaugh

      In integrating with Twitter, it doesn’t look like becoming a “closed off social network” is their goal.

      • http://mashable.com/2009/08/13/bandsintown-local-music/ SongDick

        I hope not, but #live or something universal makes a lot more sense if you really want people to use it and have a collection of concert photos. Otherwise every company is going to have their own set of hashtags competing against each other for the same shit. Doesn’t help me as a concert goer to restrict it to one place. I want one tag that flickr, songkick, bandsintown, fb, livekick, and any other application someone might build could tap into. Oh well. We can’t all be perfect right?

      • http://www.songkick.com/users/ian Ian Hogarth

        @songdick thanks for the feedback, you make a good point about making sure the data belongs to the fan.

        We’re certainly not interested in being a closed off social network, just a great place for people to share amazing experiences of live music. I’d love for you to give us a try as it sounds like you go to a lot of shows. Twitter is inherently open, so as the other commenter notes, this certainly isn’t us moving to becoming closed.

        We’ve also opened up in the form of an API which partners of ours like Songbird use to pull in concert information and share revenue from any resulting ticket sales. We’ve also participated in the last couple of Music Hack Days in Berlin and London to spread awareness of this.

        On the subject of hashtags, we considered lots of options but #songkick seemed a simple choice to start with. the #live hashtag unfortunately looks like it’s been taken over by porn spammers from a twitter search :) but we could consider allowing users to choose an alternative hash perhaps.

        thanks again for the feedback.

        ian

      • http://mashable.com/2009/08/13/bandsintown-local-music/ SongDick

        #live should work fine if you are indeed doing what you say you are, which is looking only at Songkick users during an event they are attending. You won’t have any porn problems. If you are doing a general search for #live on twitter then yep, you get porn. Either way I can respect the choice to start with #songkick but again this isn’t the best option for the true fan.

  • old codger

    Eh, dunno if further encouragement to have people texting throughout a live show is necessarily a good thing.

    • Cian

      +1(ish)

      It ruins the atmosphere enough having 200 digital camera displays spoiling your view of the stage…then the people scrolling through the photos and shit. Why can’t they just enjoy the gig when they’re there?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pat_Hambagoo/1204157625 Pat Hambagoo

    test

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pat_Hambagoo/1204157625 Pat Hambagoo

    asdf

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeff_Koo/589315091 Jeff Koo

    I love this idea, Ian! You should take it a step further and sponsor a live branded Twitter feed monitor at a big concert showing all the tweets real time from the show :-) and then of course invite people to go back to Songkick to check out the log!

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    I think its a brilliant idea The more reviewers we have, the better idea we have about a gig and saves us money too as we avoid the boring ones, lol.

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  • Emma Ribbers

    I’m still not getting the model here. So it’s an IMDB for gigs? I an see thre may be some value in that but the only real revenue is coming from affiliate sales. I know how little Last.FM used to make from this and I can’t see that sustaining the site.

    Also a live twitter feed. So what?

    From a user’s perspective, the site is clunky, usability is really bad, and s l o w . It’s not going to attract users (well it might) but those users aren’t going to spend 12 hours adding every gig they went to. It’s such a chore! Hard work!!!!!

    I really can’t see the point of this.

    I think that’s why it’s not been done before.

    • Emma Ribbers

      Any comments Ian/Michelle???

      • http://www.songkick.com michelle

        Hi Emma, we’re well aware that the site is clunky and slow, and we’re focusing on fixing those things. Our team is working on making the site faster, and we recently conducted a round of usability tests. We really care about usability and speed.

        One of the most exciting things that Twitter enables is getting a sense of people’s experience as it’s happening. Preserving that real-time sentiment around a gig seemed like a natural move to us. On one level, you can see what people thought about gigs you missed out on, but more interesting to us is preserving the sentiment around gigs that then go on to be historic. We were partly inspired by this great Nirvana fansite that transcribes everything Kurt said on stage. That probably wasn’t too interesting in 1990, but now it’s FASCINATING for music geeks like us. Imagine if you could read tweets from Clash gigs?

        Of course, this real-time technology is very new and we’re still figuring out how interesting it is for the live music experience. Maybe it’s geeky and no one really cares, but we’d rather try it out and see how interesting it is than stay a passive skeptic and never take a risk.

        I’m sorry you can’t see the point of Songkick. That means we’re not doing a good job of showing you how we can a) help you find upcoming gigs and show you where to buy tickets and b) how interesting the rich media around concerts can be. Doing a better job of that is something we’re focusing on.

  • Charlotte Ryan

    I agree. How will they ever make money?

    I think a common problem with start-ups is that they don’t get usability right from the outset. If users get turned off there’s no second chance.

  • charlotte ryan

    I heard they’re running out of money…

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