Yesterday, I talked about embarking on a journey of social networking discovery. My first stop is thesixtyone.com, a site that reached out and grabbed me. thesixtyone is all about music. It features new artists that haven’t yet hit the big time. Rating systems allow music to be elevated depending on recommendations from users. The concept sounds pretty standard, but the originality of thesixtyone.com is it’s brilliance. Here’s an excerpt from the “About” page on the site.
thesixtyone makes music culture more democratic: artists upload their work for review, but, rather than allow a stuffy suit in a boardroom to decide what’s good, thousands of listeners do. The best music automagically bubbles up on our homepage where you can listen to the most popular songs for any genre. It’s a quick way to find new music for your iPod powered by pure excitement as opposed to some contrived marketing budget.
Think you’ve got a good ear? Aside from customizing your experience, creating an account allows you to earn reputation, level up your influence, and collect badges for discovering and recommending good music that others may enjoy. On thesixtyone, tastemaking becomes fun, competitive, and trackable.
We’re on a quest to help people fall in love with something new while giving deserving artists an efficient channel for finding their audiences. To learn more about how thesixtyone works, please see our FAQ.
This is a good description of the vibe that thesixtyone creates. You won’t like every song, but you’re sure to find something you like.
Building your reputation is interesting. I like to see if others dig the same songs I like. I’ve enjoyed sharing artists with friends. The sound is great, the interface is easy to navigate, and I wanted to share the site right away. The sixtyone feels like a group experience.
I am kevinsenne on thesixtyone.com. I look forward to sharing some great new tunes with you.