March 9, 2011

Teet Tweet

Filed under: Uncategorized — publicandprivatespace @ 8:27 am

By: Kyle Staskey

Musicians and band are constantly doing new things with their music careers. Artists are always working on new music, going on tours, doing interviews and getting out and seeing their fans to spread their music. With all of this going on musicians need a way to keep their fan bases updated with what they are doing. Today, more and more in the music industry are turning to Twitter to stay connected with and get news out to their listeners. Musicians are right in doing so with all of the benefits that Twitter has to offer both the fan and the artist.

Twitter is one of the most widely used social media and information sharing networks in the world today. According to Twitter’s website, as of September 14 2010, there were 175 million registered users on Twitter. Also as of September 14 2010, there was an average of 95 million tweets per day. With these numbers it is clear to see that Twitter is used by a lot of people and most anyone is a fan of music. With the large number of fans on Twitter, many bands and solo artists are creating band and their own personal accounts on Twitter. The website has its own section to search for anyone involved with music from producers to magazines to the artists themselves.

An article written by Bianca Martin discusses how information is sent via Twitter, as well as some of the benefits that Twitter had to offer for the artists and fans. Musicians send out little bits of information called “tweets” that could be about anything from news about their music career to their daily lives. This tweet is instantly sent out to all of that artist’s followers who then receive the tweet. Cameron Chapman wrote about musicians on Twitter some of which include the names of big name artists such as Taylor Swift, Lil Wayne and Katy Perry. Chapman’s article describes what some of the artists tweet about and how some of them update their Twitter account multiple times a day. The benefits of musicians using Twitter are that they can get out any kind of information and it is sent directly to their followers. Musicians can post anything like a new song, tour information, a link to an interview if they were in a magazine and they can even upload pictures and videos of themselves or things happening in their daily lives. Musicians can easily market and promote their music and the fans are provided with the information that they want to know about their favorite artists.

Musicians can also give fans an insight in their personal lives and who they really are through Twitter. It is often seen that musicians will tweet just to have an open conversation with their fans. Some musicians often tweet multiple times a day and can give the fans a look into the personal lives of their favorite musicians.   In his article, David Holmes describes a function of Twitter called Twittersweet. Twittersweet allows for fans to search for conversations about a genre of music that they enjoy and recommends musicians to follow that the user may be interested in. The convenience of Twitter is what makes it my personal choice for the best way to receive information about the music industry. This social networking site enables one person to have a conversation with thousands and keep their fans updated with a simple tweet.

Some people do not even use their Twitter accounts to tweet about anything, just to follow people and receive their tweets. On my own personal twitter account I follow 82 people, 56 of which are in the music industry. I love music and in my personal opinion Twitter is the best access to the latest music news. Twitter gives you all the news directly from the musicians themselves, as soon as they spread it. Twitter is so widely used today that just about any band or artist can be found on Twitter. The convenience and speed of getting news out to a range of people in no time is what makes Twitter a great source for getting information about an artist or band.


  1. Personally, I’ve never had much experience with Twitter, outside of following the FIFA world cup updates this last year. It seems to me that while what bands use Twitter for is useful, most people who have Twitters overuse them and give out information that is not only private, but unnecessary. It’s like a different version of Facebook where you just get all the annoying status updates. However for artists and bands, I think Twitter is a really cool thing that changes the way that bands communicate with their audiences. Instead of having to go to the band’s website to find tour dates or the release date for a new album, bands can just post this information directly to Twitter and people can receive updates on their phone. I’ve never heard of Twittersweet, but it sounds like a cool way to get to know new bands and expand your musical tastes. While I personally think Twitter is pointless for its original purpose, simple status updates, people have turned it into something totally different that makes it a lot more useful.

    Comment by Sarah Williams — March 9, 2011 @ 10:19 am | Reply

  2. I agree that twitter is a valuable asset for artists in the music industry. I also follow several bands and artists on twitter and their facebook twitter feed. The bands usually give tour dates and a lot of times if you have access to presale tickets and information that you otherwise would not be able to get. Recently I was able to purchase a limited edition hat from one of my favorite bands because they gave the information out on twitter. In my experience bands will also leak tracks on twitter with a link to download. I think twitter is indeed a bands best friend. Twitter increases the communication between a band and its listeners and is a positive for both sides.

    Comment by Andrew Hare — March 9, 2011 @ 10:21 am | Reply

  3. – Ben Fortkamp
    I agree that twitter is a way for people to get the latest information on the various people that they follow. The convenience of twitter is unreal to think about as at about any moment a person can tweet changed information or new information. And obviously for bands who have some type of following this is great for them because the more information fans have ahead of time the better the response from the fans will be. What I personally do not agree on is the paragraph saying that through twitter a fan can get to know things about their favorite artists’ personal lives. I believe that artist are being very smart with tweeters and are going to say anything about their so called “personal” lives that will appeal to their fan base. I do not believe that what an artist says about their personal life is always going to be true, but instead what the artist wants their fans to believe is true. So while twitter is a neat and convenient way of communication, not all the information tweeted by people should necessarily be believed.

    Comment by publicandprivatespace — March 9, 2011 @ 10:22 am | Reply

  4. Allyson Barham
    I myself do not have a twitter but after reading this article I am strongly encouraged to want to get a twitter. From this article it seems that the easiest way to find out information about your favorite music artist today, the fastest, is by having a twitter and following that artist. I believe that by having music artist on twitter it seems that fans feel as if they are closer to the person that they are admiring, somewhat of a personal connection. Also this article made me aware that twitter is nothing like any other social network that I know of, it is used purely for you to ‘follow’ people and see what they are doing. The artists talked about in the article can post valid information to their music career that they want to put out and get feedback on, but they can also just put out what they are doing on a daily basis which makes them seem more human, like us. The last thing that that I did not think about but the comment left right before mine made me question the accuracy of what is posted on twitter. It is true that you can post saying you are doing anything you want at any given time, so how can we know if what they are posting is what they are really doing or just some made up story?

    Comment by publicandprivatespace — March 9, 2011 @ 11:25 am | Reply

  5. – Samantha Lieberman
    Personally, i do not have an account with twitter, but after reading this article, I understand why so many people have a twitter now. Using a twitter seems to be much more convienent than looking up each band I have interest in on the internet and trying to keep up with them that way. I used to think that twitter was pointless, all that it is is updating your status’ about what you are doing, but now I am aware that it is used for much more than that, it is used mostly for musical industries to keep their fans updated. It seems like twitter is much different than facebook and myspace, there isn’t much you can do on twitter except for tweeting and following other’s tweets. After reading this blog I now see that twitter is a convienent place for people to keep in touch and stay updated.

    Comment by publicandprivatespace — March 9, 2011 @ 11:37 am | Reply

  6. The only celebrities I follow on Twitter are Miranda Lambert (200,916 followers) and Lady Gaga (8,675,741 followers). I just think it’s cool because there is a more personalized view of these artists. I don’t post things like, “OMG I wish I could meet @LadyGaga!” because that’s elementary. They have public Twitter accounts to promote themselves- not necessarily to make friends. I once heard a story about girls who were in line for a Gaga concert, and they weren’t going to be admitted (they had tickets) because they were dressed too much like her. So, they started Tweeting about this, and somehow they caught Gaga’s eye. Lady Gaga personally came out to the line and admitted the girls in. I think that’s pretty cool because she’s a super star and cared enough about her fans to let them enjoy her concert. I’m not saying that this happens every time or anything, but I do think that Twitter is beginning to have profound affects on society the way Facebook does. I like that bands have Twitter because we are able to get exclusive information and updates directly from them (usually). I think it’s great that they’re using technology to their advantage. #BornThisWay

    -Haley Cator

    Comment by publicandprivatespace — March 9, 2011 @ 8:31 pm | Reply

  7. Twitter’s the shit.

    Comment by publicandprivatespace — March 11, 2011 @ 2:53 pm | Reply

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