I love the idea of micro-publishing and lifestreaming in its many forms. I especially like the idea of objects that we interact with on a daily basis being able to passively make updates to our personal data streams. Some slighlty more out there examples include everything from a house that tweets its electricity consumption to the ultimate mum-geek must have, a pregnancy belt that tweets every time the baby kicks. We’re definitely going to see more and more of these types of applications and integrations being built as our everyday objects and hardware become connected to the interweb (and geo-aware).
Whilst it’s not exactly as crazy as the pregnancy belt, I was really interested to read last week that Richie Hawtin had developed a way to automatically tweet directly from the DJ booth. Here’s the lowdown via Beatportal:
Pioneering techno DJ Richie Hawtin has announced the development of a new Twitter application that enables him to broadcast his Traktor tracklists in real time over the network. The custom Twitter application was developed in-house by Richie Hawtin’s label Minus, and it works by uploading song metadata through Traktor Pro’s inbuilt broadcasting functionality. Track details are automatically posted to Richie Hawtin’s Twitter account every 30 seconds (you can already see Traktor tracklist updates on his Twitter), giving anyone access to the tracklist of his performance, and providing exposure to the artists and labels whose music is being played.
This is a really cool development, but as with a lot of data of this nature it gets a whole lot more interesting when it can be aggregated and context added. The individual tweets on Hawtin’s stream are actually quite dull just on their own. They really need to add a hashtag or two eg. #dj #minimal - then as more DJ’s started tweeting their sets somebody could build a third party site that pulled in all the data, created set lists from popular DJ’s and added other context such as listen/buy links. A site like that would be a gold mine for all the trainspotters and avid fans out there who like to be upfront and know what all they’re favourite DJ’s are playing. Let’s hope we could seeing something like this in the future.
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