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Music is all about expressing myself… so linking social media together…

It is no question to me… Music is all about expressing myself. So then there is no point to create music if no one would never hear it.

It is of course nice to make some weird recordings for yourself. But… if you can pull it together and make it in to song what you can play in live… thats the real thing.

People do not find your music and you on their own. Especially if you keep material to yourself. Luckily these days social media is there for you. Tricky part is to find right tool for you. There is tool for everything, and most of them can do many things… At the same time the key is to be everywhere at the same time. Nobody, at least I do not, have time to update every single social media platform to get you self published and heard.

So linking accounts come in picture at this point.

Before I tell what I have chosen and how those are linked… few words about different social media platforms…

Facebook:

Nice really nice. It has it all… and more… it knows more about you than yourself. It even have your media without you knowing it. No, seriously it is good, one or maybe the best out there. It has most users world wide so it is important to share you thoughts/media here. It has photo sharing, calendar/event, light forum, apps, groups, you name it… In the end FB is about faces… So it is about peoples. If you do want share stuff about your music (art, or whatever), consider creating FB page for yourself. On this stage it get little messy and not so clear anymore, but anyway you can consider to update your stuff in own topic… and not sharing all those cat pictures also to your art audience.

Twitter:

Possible second largest social media what there is (I did not check facts I assume this). So it is important to be here also. Twitter is quite different than Facebook. Twitter is all about concepts, brands, discussion… read all this in one word #hashtag. So people starts follow you if they find you interesting… they do even might think you even a person… they are all about what you post. Everything is found trough #hashtag not from who is friend of who. Of course this can help you to get found, but is not the point. There is also a limit of how long you tweet (as it is called) and it is140 marks. This of course limits your posting and this is the reason why it is called microblog. There is not so much media features in Twitter than example in Facebook, you can share pictures, but that it pretty much it. Twitter is about sharing short status updates what is going on at the moment.

Google Plus

Yep… no one there… except Google workers and those poor things who has accidentally pressed “create google plus account” while using Google products (email, youtube…).

Blogs:

(many platforms… so many of them… like this worldpress.com on where this blog runs)

You may really want to consider start releasing blog. Specially if you want to tell more about what you are doing and thinking of things. Yep there is no limit on Facebook how long update up can post. But lets face it… Facebook is not about long stories. No one will not read yours page stays update what is like 500 words long (550 words at this point on this blog post). Also on some blog engines it is easy to build it as a website for your self. They are not optimised for that, but probably they will do the thing for you. I am little bit old fashioned about that thing… I think bands/artist needs to have their own website where they can tell more about themselves… like wiki site or introduction of artist, discography, tours etc.

Youtube

As you probably know… youtube is all about videos… If you are going to release some video material go for it. It is surely biggest and most used video service. Also lot of artist releases theirs music in there. It is also very powerful sharing service of your music. So learn to use that and share at least your music also in there, you need to create video to be able to share your stuff in there… but “video” can contain only one picture and music pays trough there… you have surely seen lot of these “videos” in youtube.

Music sharing services

Like BandCamp and SoundCould. There is massive amount of those services out there. Band Camp and SoundCloud might have largest user base. Approach for them is little bit different. There is lot of reviews of those services go check those out and find one for you. I myself are going to use those both. Band Camp for finalised products and for my bands and SoundCloud for goofing around with more weird stuff and not so ready materials. But check those out and find your own.

Photo sharing

Right, you can do this on Facebook and on Twitter. If you do not need anything special you do not need one. But if you are going to post lot of them or you are more in professional photography… seriously do not use Facebook or Twitter. There is lot of good services out there. Instagram is one probably most popular one. It is good no question about that, but it is more for instant sharing: “look I am eating this now”, “I am on stage now”… and stuff like that. If  you are about more professional approach look services like Flickr. There is again many services for professionals to share their photo art.. but I suggest that you go and read reviews and try them out… find that right for you.

Okay, now… what I have chosen for myself and why. About me you have to remember that I like to focus on music AND expressing myself. So I like to share what is happening when I am doing this stuff…

Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Band Camp, SoundCloud, Youtube and Flickr… what… yep almost all what I have mentioned earlier in this blog post.

Blog like this blog post, what you are reading, are for more in-depth thinking and how I am seeing things.

This world press blog post goes directly to Twitter when I press publish. Why to Twitter.. because Facebook is page based and FB page tool is not available for my phone… from where I publish 80% of my social media updates.

So as stated I use Twitter as my short updates… “Here I go and this I do” type of things… And yes… every Tweet goes to my FB page. I have my own personal FB profile… but I like to keep it separately. This is not about me… this is about stuff I do. Probably peoples who want to follow that stuff… are not interested other parts of my life, so why kill the audience with dog pictures and stuff like that.. those are for my friends and not about art.

So what about the other services… SoundCould… Yes I am planning to use this as “not so ready” material and for more experimental stuff… and yep, connected to Twitter.

BandCamp for ready songs and albums, not connected. I am not sure if it is possible, but I like to keep it separated. It is for real stuff… If I get something read I have time to promote it properly in all the channels.

Youtube, yes of course connected… I everything I upload gets notified on Twitter.

Flickr… new for me… I have lately get interested about photography, let see if I relase some successfully taken cool pictures… but yes it is connected to Twitter.

The key in here is that Twitter posts everything forward. So what ever service I use it goes to Twitter and Twitter posts it to all other social medias what is about sharing posts. So I just need to do my stuff once (upload or what ever I am doing) and social media gets updated about it.

Probably this would work trough Facebook page also… but to be honest my choice is Twitter because it is just more stylish for me and it provides better support to my mobile devices than Facebook.

Go ahead try different solutions for yourself… use time with them you can get those work best for you and you do not need to spend time on separate social medias just to publish same update many times.

Younited vs. OneDrive

In last few days I have been wondering what is best cloud storage for me. As I am doing music and also now days I like photography. I took to comparison F-Secures Younited and Microsoft’s OneDrive. I know that there is other cloud storage providers out there like DropBox and Google Drive. But why I selected just these two? Well… To be honest I use Windows Mobile Phone (Lumia 925) and only these two has native client support for it. For others 3rd party applications are just terrible… No writing support, no media player support etc. Also I think these others can not prove anything more than these two.

But now lets look in to these two…

Younited

Younited is F-Secures tryout to cloud storage markets. At the same time they released Younited they took out Online Backup product. Wise choice maybe but it gets me wonder is this a backup software or something else? Well at the moment you open it first-time you notice immediately that it is completely something else. It tries at the same time to be cloud storage, cloud collaboration, backup and organization software. Maybe this is the reason why its UI is so messy. Same time it looks like to be usable on touch screen and mouse… Resolution is that everything looks like little bit too big and same time too small. Also I have noticed that sometimes it has massive performance / latency issues. It just sometimes uses over 90% of disk read/write capacity and sometimes uploads to cloud are just terrible slow. But it does something very well also. Nice feature is that it fetches yours media from DropBox, Facebook and from Picasa. These medias are only read access, but anyway it brings those to same app. This is extremely useful since WMP is lacking good DropBox client. Well you can not write anything to DropBox but at least phone media features work with files. Another good feature is that you can set Younited to fetch files from multiple locations in your computer. In this way you can use it as backup solution. This feature is lacking on other cloud storage solutions. Also there is lot of features like collections and group storage… But those features seems to be little bit under development. Like example you can drag and drop stuff to group storage but if files are updated on cloud they do not get updated in group storage. Also one point must be rise up on Younited, it do not “touch” your files. So if you upload file to cloud and download it in somewhere else you get file as unchanged. This is big bonus for those who do music and/or photo editing! So I would say that there is lot of good stuff going on, but there is also lots of improvement needs around Younited.

OneDrive

OneDrive is Microsoft’s cloud storage platform. One most definitely best feature in it is that it is seamlessly integrated with Windows 8.1 and WMP 8.1. There is no question is it going to work with these… It will. Also it is nicely integrated with almost every MS product. Like Office 2013 you can directly save file to cloud. Once you have OneDrive you do not even want to save you files to local hdd. And if you are offline? No problem you can find your docs from OneDrive “folder” on your computer and those files are always available for you. OneDrive is more classic way of thinking cloud storage. You have client and folder where you can find everything… And this everything is synced to cloud. One annoying feature on OneDrive is that when you want to share something it forces you to go to web interface… You can not do sharing on desktop app. I think you can do sharing on “metro UI” but that is basically another UI to OneDrive web and I think you do not have access your files in offline trough that. But as I earlier said it is basically one folder what is synced to cloud… And no one want to keep all stuff under one folder structure… It will end up complete mess. And you have no option to sync other folders to MS cloud… Unless you use “linking of folders” but that I do not suggest because you will fast lost sense where files actually are and that will cause sooner or later accidentally deletes. Of course one of killer plus on OneDrive is amount of space as free user you get 15 Gb of space and if you are Office 365 user you get 1Tb of space… Yep you read right 1 Tb… That is ~1000 Gb. So there is some annoying features and also it is little bit of old fashion way of thinking, but in other hand you get awesome integration and lots of space.

Summary

Both Younited and OneDrive are good cloud storage services. They both do their part very well. Both are missing stuff and both have some killer features. Sadly I can not tell you which is better because they are so different. I myself end up using them both. I use Younited as my backup software and I keep all my photos and music projects there because Younited keeps them as unchanged. OneDrive has in other hand lot more capacity and way better integration, so I use it as on my daily cloud usage. Every document and every file I ever could need on the go can be stored there and will be accessible from my phone.

So yet again no resolution to that what is best cloud storage solution. Go ahead and try them both (and other cloud storages) and find what combination or solution is best for you!