Measuring Clout: 4 Music Charts Powered By Social Media

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Fifty-three years ago this week, Billboard launched its “Hot 100 Chart,” which at the time tracked top singles based on radio play and sales. A lot has changed since 1958 when it comes to measuring the popularity of tunes. Namely, now there’s this thing called the Internet all up in the music business’s business.

Granted, the “Hot 100 Chart” has been anything but stagnant over the years. Since it proclaimed Ricky Nelson’s “Poor Little Fool” tops on August 4, 1958, it has introduced alterations such as the addition of streamed and on-demand music to the chart’s forumla. The chart ranks the week’s most popular songs across genres based on radio airplay audience impressions as measured by Nielsen BDS, sales data as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan and streaming activity data provided by online music sources.

Although the chart is still a major indicator of musical success, there’s now a bevy of other tools that take into account the social aspect of a song’s popularity. Read on for four ways you can track musical success based on social media clout.


Next Big Sound




Next Big Sound launched back in March 2010. It gauges the popularity of bands and artists via fan activity on a variety of social networking sites, as well as traditional sales data, radio plays, traffic to an artist's website and P2P activity.

The website is basically a tool for fans, artists, music industry professionals and journalists to track the popularity of an artist across sites like Facebook, YouTube, MySpace, Twitter, Soundcloud, ReverbNation, Pure Volume, etc. Casual users can sign up to get weekly stats about their favorite bands sent to their inboxes and even compare bands' social clout on the site. More hardcore users -- like bands and labels -- can sign up for the premiere service for even deeper data mining.

NBS also recently partnered with Billboard, in order to bring you the second entry on on our list ...


Social 50




The "Social 50" is Billboard's newly minted chart. It measures an artist’s popularity every week based on social networking activity mined from Next Big Sound.

Like NBS, the Social 50 ranks artists using such metrics such as weekly additions of friends, fans and followers, artist page views and weekly song plays. Rankings are also influenced by measuring the ratio of pageviews to fans. if you're more of a curious fan than a hardcore music head, this is likely the chart for you. It's also usually packed with more mainstream acts, so if you're looking for more esoteric fare, you might want to check out ...


We Are Hunted




We Are Hunted is both a music chart and a community. At its core, the site features a chart that tracks songs' popularity every day based on blog activity, mentions on social networks, buzz on message board and forums, Twitter talk and movement on P2P networks.

It also features the ability to build your own charts, which you can share with friends and other music lovers, and a “Discover” tool, which helps you find new music based on what you like and dislike on the site.

Recently, We Are Hunted has been rolling out a bevy of apps, including an iPad app for music discovery and a number of offerings that integrate music intelligence company The Echo Nest's API, including the appropriately blasé Pocket Hipster.


MTV Music Meter




As part of MTV's quest to put the "music" back into "MTV," the network recently released its Music Meter, which seeks to highlight up-and-coming artists by ranking them based on their social media status.

MTV worked with music intelligence company the Echo Nest to develop an algorithm that combs through blogs, social media, video and more traditional metrics (like radio plays and sales) to determine which bands are receiving the most attention on any given day.

MTV also rolled out an app for iOS and Android iteration, letting users go mobile with their music discovery.


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Facebook users were able to get a sneak peek of the social networking site’s long-rumored iPad app on Monday by using a jailbroken device and tweaking a file embedded in Facebook for iPhone.

The hack appears to have been first uncovered by Marvin Bernal on Twitter, and TechCrunch has since confirmed “with a source who had previously seen the Facebook iPad app” that this is indeed the iPad app that the company planned to launch with.

Facebook for iPad

Mashable used a jailbroken iPad 1 and made the necessary changes so we could try out the app ourselves.

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Take a look at our screenshots and a description of some of the other features below:


App Icon




The Facebook icon looks the same. Note the Cydia and iFile icons. Right now, in order to access Facebook for iPad, you need to be running a jailbroken iPad 1 or iPad 2.


Loading Screen





Facebook Login





News Feed




The default screen is the Facebook News Feed.


News Feed Options




You can select various filters for the app, just like in Facebook on the desktop.


Side Panel




Sliding the main window to the right reveals an enhanced Facebook sidebar. This interaction, which is similar to Twitter for iPad, provides access to Groups, Events, Places and Messages.


Side Panel




In landscape mode, the panel appears alongside the elongated news feed if swiped to the right.


Status Update




Sharing a status update works as expected. Tapping on the lock icon shows you visibility options.


Visibility Options





Photos




Photo albums are displayed in a grid-like manner, using the same styling Apple uses in its Photos app.


Add Photos




You can create a new album or add photos from your device to an existing album.


Notifications




Notifications are accessible throughout the app.


Facebook Chat




Facebook Chat works on the iPad. Users can communicate iChat style through the panel on the right.


Facebook Chat




Facebook Chat works quite well, but note the lack of hyperlink support.


Like or Comment




A modal window gives an option to "Like" or comment on a post or status update.


Places Check In




Who says the iPad isn't mobile! Facebook Places is supported in the app.


Places Map view





Places Friends View





Facebook Groups




Groups can be accessed from the side panel.


User Wall





User Info





User Wall Interactions




In landscape mode, comments and likes on a status update or wall post appear in the right hand panel.


Viewing Comments on a Photo





Replying to Comments





Logging Out




To log out, tap the arrow underneath your name in the left side panel.


Account Screen




Facebook for iPad supports multiple accounts, which is great for users who share an iPad with other family members.


Remove an Account




To remove an account, tap and hold the profile photo and then tap on the "X."


Remove Account Options




When an account is removed, all the information about it is wiped off of the device as well.

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