The world’s playlist (?)

April 29 2014

Ever wondered what the (social media) world is listening to right now?
streamWatcher screenshot

streamWatcher started out as a research project scrobbling posts of people concerning the music they listen to. Turns out they can predict what the charts will show in a few weeks time. Just a tiny example of the uses of BigData analysis. But also its own downfall?!

How can we avoid or counter echo-chamber effects. How does this site affect what people listen to? What do the pattern-recognition algorithms do to how we see the world? Who writes them?

What tab grabs your interest? NOW, HOT! or Unexpected? What tab would you add?

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