|UserAlbum Ratings 52Objectivity 69%Last Active 02-18-11 8:25 pmJoined 01-05-11Forum Posts 1Review Comments 566
I've been observing some of the ways users rec' music to other users and I wanted to rshare a few tips in the form of a nifty little acronym. These tips are by no means rabsolutes, just my personal opinion regarding the way to go about suggesting new rmusic to others. This is how I prefer getting recs, and I try to follow these guidelines rmyself when attempting to help other users expand their music library. Let me know rwhat you guys think.
The Red Tree
RELEVANCE - Why do you think this particular user will enjoy this? Explain why you are suggesting
this specific album or artist. If you are rec'ing this based on an album in a user's list, draw parallels
between that band and the one you are mentioning. Use specific examples; what is it about these
two bands/albums that makes them similar? You may find that the similarities you are basing your
recommendation on is not what the other user looks for in music. For example, you may rec' a
band because the guitar work is similar to another band the user likes when really it's the vocals
the user appreciates.
ELIMINATION - Keep it simple. It' hard to narrow music rec's down to just a few choice albums,
but chances are if you post an excessive list of rec's, the other user will not trust your judgement
as much as they would had you given them two or three or even just one suggestion. If you're
giving more than four rec's in one post, the likelihood of the user checking them out is significantly
lower than it would be had our list been shorter, especially if another user has given a simpler list.
The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
CONNECTIONS - What is it about the music that you like? If you happen to be rec'ing an album
that you yourself are fond of, give a brief explanation as to why you like it. If the album speaks to
you in a unique way or has significant meaning to you, the user may feel more compelled to give it
a listen. It makes it more interesting. Note that this information is not always necessary, but can
be effective if shared in a concise manner.
|4||Dear and the Headlights|
Small Steps Heavy Hooves
SHOUTBOX - When a user's list is bombarded with a ton of rec's, they may end up forgetting or
ignoring a lot of them. Taking the time to go to a user's shoutbox and make the message more
personal could result in them being returning the favor and taking the time to check out your rec'.
Using the Shoutbox will also increase the likelihood of you hearing this user's feedback on a given
band/album. The Shoutbox method makes the user on the receiving end more confident that you
are giving a solid rec' and that you took some time to think it through and personalize it rather
than spouting off the first five albums that came to your head.
|All this being said, remember that if someone doesn't want to check out something you know to be a good rec', it's their loss - not yours.|
|Good list, man.|
|Mewithoutyou - Catch for Us the Foxes,
Minus the Bear - Planet of Ice,
Parades - Foreign Tapes --
Hopefully you haven't heard those already :)|
|less recs, adding info good point; I always check their ratings for relevance|
|Great albums in this list. Also, I agree with these tips...getting a million recs in one post is kind of annoying.|
|Good tips. Nicely written too, I'll keep this in mind.|
|Good list bro.|
|Nah, that'd take too much time. |
|Why did you post this?|
Now I'm going to have to do the opposite of all of this just to spite you and that's a lot of stuff to remember to do the opposite of.
|Thanks for the feedback. Again, this is just what works for me.|
Wolfhorde - You're right, it does take extra time to give out good rec's and it's comments and attitudes like that that prevent a lot of users from ever taking you seriously. Don't mean that in a disrespectful way, I'm just being honest with you.