Newest Twitter annoyance: iTunes Ping updates?
Twitter is tuning into Apple's iTunes--and this change may not get a good reception.
Once you've linked the accounts, whenever you Post, Like, Review, or tell your friends why you purchased a song or album on Ping, this activity will also be tweeted to your Twitter followers - complete with playable song previews and links to purchase and download music from iTunes.
The result is Twitter updates like "So-and-so likes Ani DiFranco on Ping http://c.itunes.apple.com/us/event/id38255493T1T18 #iTunes."
If you wanted to broadcast your taste in music to the world, that's fine--and maybe the Twitter integration will make it easier to find pals on Ping. (Apple was close to offering a far more logical social-networking link--to Facebook--but apparently yanked that feature at the last minute in a contractual dispute that remains unresolved.)
Twitter users on the receiving end of Ping-driven tweets, however, may not be applauding. If you don't like seeing friends' Foursquare check-ins cross-posted to the status-update site, you'll probably resent this intrusion too.
Those who read Twitter in clients that filter can screen out that "#iTunes" hashtag. Otherwise, you may have to settle for a slightly spammier experience or start unfollowing people--if Ping gets any traction as a result of this change.
That's a reasonably large "if." Of the 108 people I follow on Twitter, only one is on Ping--another tech journalist.
Will he and I have more company in the coming weeks? Post your Ping popularity prediction in the comments.
| November 11, 2010; 3:00 PM ET
Categories: Music, Social media
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