Spotify officially announced the release of its “Follow” tab, which replaces the “People” tab to display basic public profile details and recommendations. The release is timed with a nifty ad campaign with the band Phoenix, demonstrating how the process works. Facebook friends using Spotify are automatically recommended in the “Follow” tab, and below it Spotify recommends musicians. The service also auto-follows musicians a user has starred. In the words of the subscription-based music service, “[The ‘Follow’ tab lets you] get musical recommendations from your must trusted and most inspiring musical influences.” Much like Twitter, Vine, or Facebook, you can follow your friends or celebrities, creating a de facto social network centered around music. It remains to be seen how effective this social network will be, but this is a major step into the social sphere for Spotify.
I attended a great panelÂ at CES that was part of the Kids at Play program called Social Networking: It’s in their DNA. The moderator Parry Aftab was careful to point out that the people on this panel were doing things right â€“ and I have to agree with her. Over two and a half million children aged between 8 and 17 have created profiles on social networking sites. But poor security means that a lot of the time, profile pages pages are wide open for anyone to look at.Â Todays kids are growing up in a digital world. But how do you keep these kids safe? Hereâ€™s a quick look at whatâ€™s new, next and cool in the in the kids and teen social networking space. Continue reading “What’s hot with kids and social networking”