It’s a new year and it’s time to go beyond listening & playing, and get more social by sharing sounds and interactions on SoundCloud to Facebook! Back in September at the Facebook F8 launch, we were announced as an integration partner, and here are the results. Starting today, you’ll be able to share your SoundCloud activity and interactions to Facebook more easily, putting more sound into your Timeline!
In addition to showcasing your newly uploaded sounds and favorites on SoundCloud, you will now be able to share:
the cool SoundClouders you started following
the engaging groups you joined
and the sweet sounds you listened to while cruising the community
It’s totally up to you to enable the additional actions, but if you do, there will be a recap of your activity on SoundCloud in your Facebook Timeline each month.
You’ll have the option to connect and disconnect anything at any time at the following link as well.
If you enabled sharing sounds you listened to on SoundCloud to Facebook, all sounds you listen to will be posted to the Facebook Ticker, no matter where you’re listening on the web. So that means: if you listen on the iPhone, iPad, Android app, mobile site, and/or via an embedded widget while logged into SoundCloud, these sounds will be shared to the Facebook Ticker and recapped in your Timeline.
If you have your Facebook account connected to SoundCloud, by default your newly uploaded sounds and favorites will be posted to Facebook. You can turn this off here if you wish.
That’s it for now, folks! If you have additional questions about this, please check the FAQs that appear at the top of this page. In the meantime, dig into the SoundCloud Facebook app and go beyond listening & playing by sharing your ‘Cloud interactions with your friends and unmute your Timeline!
With the launch of SoundCloud for iPad last week, we released one of your most-requested products of this year. Today, we’re following up with your second-most requested feature: an HTML5 widget.
And while we were at it, our front-end and design teams went back to the drawing board and turned the widgets into real social sound objects, giving your sounds even more context, putting them even more front and center.
Ta-da, here it is:
Some of the highlights of the first iteration are:
- Attractive new waveform design
- The timed comments now are more usable on the widget
- Better exposure of information like title
- Better sharing – Facebook, Google+ and Twitter sharing options
- Runs natively in the browser (more stable, less plugin-caused crashes)
- No flash, works well with all mobile devices
- Lower memory and CPU load requirements = lower energy consumption
- Open standards and open source allow for faster development
Is it work-in-progress or a demo, a finished track or a funny field recording captured during your last visit in the football stadium? Sharing is personal and it’s more fun to put some personal context around something you’ve been working hard to create. That’s why, in the third and final act today, we’re introducing…
Third Act: The Sharing Note
The sharing note is integrated into the new upload and sharing flow and lets you enter a personal message when sharing your track. The sharing note will then be shown below your track to people who follow you on their Dashboards and additionally will overwrite any default custom message you’ve entered for the automatic pushes to Facebook and Twitter (you can set that up right here). This is how it works:
After having selected your settings and given access to your contacts, you’ll be taken to a second screen that looks like this:
You’re now able to enter a personal message that will be shown under your track on your followers’ Dashboards and also be included in email notifications:
If you have connected your social networking accounts, your sharing note will be the message pushed to your accounts – in my case to Twitter and Facebook. Note: the sharing note will overwrite the default message you have entered in your connections.
The sharing note work for both private or public tracks and sets.
When you go back to change the settings on your track or to add new contacts, you’ll be able to add a new sharing note:
We hope you like this new addition to the sharing flow and can’t wait to see the first couple of sharing notes popping up on our Dashboards.
Read about today’s First and Second Act and as always, let us know what you think in the comments (and if something’s not working right).