Twitter is not only great for sharing information, links, videos and images but it’s also great for sharing the music that you’re currently listening to. I love listening to music while writing or just throughout the day while around the house. Because of this, I often love to share some of my favorite songs that I’m listening to with my Twitter (and even Facebook) friends – as I’m sure others do too. So, here’s a list of 12 great ways to share your music on Twitter.
Twt.fm lets you login via Twitter OAuth and then search for a song or artist. You can then “preview” a clip of the song to make sure it plays. If it does, you can create a tweet and if not you can try again. You are free to type in whatever you like for your tweet. After you send your tweet you’ll have the option to share the song on Facebook as well.
Twiturm lets you upload music to be shared on Twitter but, first you must login via Twitter OAuth. Click on the upload button to be taken to a screen where you can browse for your file and add details (artist, title, description, genre). You can even allow others to download it as well.
SongTwit lets you login via Twitter OAuth after which you can upload a song, enter a web address or search the library. I personally didn’t have much luck searching the library; it seems rather small. At any rate, once you do find a song, you can then add a short message (114 characters or less) to go with it. If you decide to upload a song and do not own the copyright, your song may have certain restrictions (see below).
Twittify is not for listening to music, but instead for discovering music that others are listening to via Spotify. You can search for different artists and songs that you enjoy listening to. You’ll then get results that will show you who is listening to that artist or song (on Spotify) and has shared it on Twitter. Then you can yourself retweet it.
Song.ly lets you share and discover music on Twitter. Just type in a song or paste an mp3 URL in the box and click submit. If you’ve searched for a song or artist, you’ll get a list of results with a little player that lets you preview it. If you’re satisfied, you can then send a tweet. You’ll be directed to Twitter with the chance to enter whatever text you’d like.
Swift.fm lets you login via Twitter OAuth and then lets you share what you’re listening to via a link, upload or search. you can also send regular tweets via the site as well. You can add messages (130 characters or less) to go with your songs and also associate your songs with a channel by adding a hashtag in your description. ie. #rock or #hiphop
Twisten.FM is unique in that it looks through Twitter for every tweet about music, and then posts it for others to listen to. Unfortunately, the site doesn’t use Twitter OAuth so you will need to enter your Twitter username and password to login. From there you’ll be able to see everyone you’re following and what music they’ve tweeted about. You’ll see a play button, share button and favorite button for each tweet as well as the source of the song that was tweeted. You can also search for songs, listen to them and share them right from the site. *personal favorite*
Blip.fm is a great way to not only share music on Twitter, but also share music on other social web sites like Facebook, FriendFeed, Ping.fm and more. You can either search for a song using their large library or add your own songs by URL. Since Blip.fm is its own community, you can add other “DJs” to your favorites and also earn badges. There is also a reblip feature, which is equivalent to Twitter’s retweet and lets you reshare what others have “blipped”. *personal favorite*
ListenTo.fm only needs your Twitter username in order to share your music. Sharing is done via an mp3 or YouTube URL or by searching. If you enter a URL, you’ll also need to enter the artist’s name and title of the song. After that, “a unique page will be generated with your design for your to share it to your followers”. Unfortunately, I kept getting an error message so, I wasn’t able to go any farther than entering the media info.
TinySong lets you search Grooveshark for songs and then gives you a shortened URL for sharing on Twitter. Grooveshark happens to be another personal favorite of mine and a great tool for listening to free music on the Web. TinySong is extremely simple to use and the interface is even simpler. Just type in your song, press enter, click on the song you want and viola – you’ll get your shortened URL to share on Twitter or anywhere else on the Web. You can also listen to the song before clicking on it.
Swg.fm is another super easy site to use. First enter your Twitter username (no password needed), then enter the name of an artist and song and click send. If your song was found you’ll see “tweet now” and then you can just click to share the song and link on Twitter. The link takes users to a song page on Swg.fm as seen below.
Twuzic is another site that does not use Twitter OAuth; so you’ll be required to enter your Twitter username and password. You can discover music that others have shared and favorite items or share your own via URL. When sharing you’ll be asked to enter a title, artist name, album title, description and message to be tweeted along with the URL. Unfortunately, there does not seem to be a way to search through songs that others have shared.
As a quick mention, I also want to point out TwittyTunes. It’s yet another personal favorite of mine and a great way to share music on Twitter and many other social web sites (Facebook, Skype, Last.fm and more). It’s a plugin that needs to be download for Firefox; unfortunately it’s not available for Google Chrome yet (my personal default browser), but one can dream! Since it’s always visible in your browser while surfing, it’s (in my opinion) the easiest way to share music on Twitter.
I know there are many others that are missing from this list. So, what is your favorite way to share what you’re listening to on Twitter?