It’s exciting to say that MusicGrid.me is fast approaching what we envisioned it to be: social music reviews. In this beta phase, we’ve had to really hold back tons of features to make sure all the little bugs get squashed quickly. Patience doesn’t come easy with this sort of thing, but your participation and feedback has been invaluable. As if we could say it enough: thank you. Because of your help, we’ve set up a solid base for the more complex features- and we’re pleased to finish rolling those out today. Say hello to good times discovering music socially with these sweet new elements:
As mentioned multiple times previously, individual user pages have been the most requested feature, by far- and for good reason. We didn’t want to just slap something together; these pages needed to be useful and fit the vibe of MusicGrid.me. We think we’re getting off to a good start. Clicking the name of a user anywhere on the site will now direct you to one of these pages, where you can see recent reviews and recommendations. Here, though, the rating you see is the user’s (not the average) and hovering over the album will show a snippet of their review. Click ‘Read More’ to get their entire dissertation. Our hope here is that you’ll discover some new tunes when you read an insightful review from someone else!
If you’d like to go straight to your page, the URL is like so:
Facebook users: musicgrid.me/user/firstname-lastname
Twitter users: musicgrid.me/user/twitteraccount
To add a bit of real-time discovery, a new ‘Recent Reviews’ section has been added to the site to let you see what’s going on.Facebook Friends’ Reviews
This sort of integration with Facebook was the first real idea for MusicGrid.me, and it’s finally come to fruition! Now, you don’t have to post your review to Facebook in order for you to see what your friends are reviewing. ‘Friendly Fire’ on the sidebar is a stream of activity by your actual buddies. There’s nothing like arguing over music with a loved one- that’s what friends are for!Editing Reviews
This is the second most requested feature to be sure. You’re now able to edit the text of your review within 30 minutes of posting. We have to limit it in case your stupid roommate decides to hop of your computer late at night after one-too-many Schlitz’s. You’re welcome. If you accidentally give the wrong rating, just review it again and ‘Request Deletion’ on the wrong’n.Tweet Customization
When you log in using Twitter, you’re now prompted to edit your own tweet instead of simply having the option of automatic tweeting or none at all. Use the chance to @reply the band you’re reviewing!There’s more, but we’ll stop here.
With 600 reviews and counting, lots of extra integration, and a budding community of music lovers, we’re speeding towards a confident public launch. Keep up the solid reviews!This Week’s FAQ
We were too busy building in rad new features for MusicGrid.me to come up with a clever FAQ. It is, indeed, hard to say we’re sorry for oozing so much awesomeness.