Posts Tagged Visualisations
The click and hold Preview action as shown above, makes easy to sample a recommendation and discover more artists and their music, with the slick UI and making it simple and straight forward to move through the recommendations.
Behind the scenes it shows that Spotify are paying attention to the usage profile of their users, and displaying recommendations and suggestions based on tunes played and playlist content. While an individual users’ play history and playlist settings may be quite small digitally. As Spotify has millions of subscribers to the service, cumulatively this must equate to a significant data-set and require Big Data hosting and analytics services behind that to drive recommendations and observe other trends within their user base.
Some quotes from that post:
At the heart of Spotify lives a massive and growing data-set. Most data is user-centric and allows us to provide music recommendations, choose the next song you hear on radio and many other things. We do our best to base every decision, programmatic and managerial, on data and this extends into the culture.
Most of our recurring data is added to our analytics pipeline by a set of daemons that constantly parse the syslog on production machines looking for messages we have defined along with the associated data for each message. Matching data is compressed and periodically synced to HDFS. Typically data is available in our Data Warehouse and Dashboards within 24 hours, but in some cases data is available within a few hours or even instantly through tools like Storm.
Do you use Spotify, what do you like about it?
Which produces a more dynamic and holistic biography of an individual, here’s a link to mine.
Apart from regularly polling your services feeds for updates to keep an up to date representation of your digital profile | expression, they have also introduced a set of Vizcards (digital comments | business cards)
I certainly like the simplicity of the Vizify service and the overview function it provides. While Linkedin is a great service for professional networking, it can feel busy or noisy with corporate profiles, and discussion groups etc. In comparison Vizify provide focus on the individual and space to present for each facet or feature in the biography which is refreshing and seems to me to produce a more nuanced and holistic summary of that individual.
Do you use an infographic based biographical summary service?
An Infographic of my musical playback history Feb 2011- Feb 2012 from lastgraph
So it was with interest I learnt of the new music service from The Lounge.
The Lounge is a full music streaming service with a large on-demand music album catalogue, play back from commercial and public broadcast services and audio hardware integration with Pure Radio devices.
The subscription for the full service – support of streaming your playlists etc. to devices and playing music on-demand is available for a reasonable £4.99/month*. (*only in available in the UK)
So it does make good competition for Spotify at least in the UK.
Will I move service?
No, not at present. I am not ready to move across. Why?
- However, that integration with Facebook is a feature I enjoy and appreciate.
Finally the effort of curation and assembling playlists all over again, is a barrier too far. Not inconsiderably effort has gone into their assembly and now they’re created in Spotify, they are shareable and subcribable. To lose that library of musical taste and disconnect from the sphere of musical sharing is not something I can not stomach.
The Infographic from lastgraph (at the top of the post) is a great example of the app and service I benefit from the extensibility from Spotify and Last.fm – the “limitations” in catalogue are bearable for service amenities such as these.
So what do you think? Is the The Lounge for you?
Visualize.me is a simple and straight forward Info graphics service to visually represent your career experience and achievements.
The real beauty is in the connectivity to the professional network LinkedIn, so that existing career information (already published in LinkedIn), can be imported into Visualize.me to form the basis to building your own career visualization.
It’s still a “beta” service, and some of the themes or palettes may not appeal to everyone, but it is a great starting point for delivering a configurable career visualisation service.
It’s certainly something to try out and see what you can come up with.