TweetLouder Syncs Your Favorite Musicians With Twitter

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Q: Tired of tracking down artists one at a time using Twitter's internal search feature, I've given up on following some of my favorite bands and musicians. Is there an easier way to see what they're all working on?

TweetLouder.JPGA: Many artists -- both groups and individuals -- use Twitter to feed their fan base up-to-the-minute information on new songs and albums and tour dates. But Twitter's internal search function can be frustrating: You have to think about each artist you might want to follow -- don't forget one! -- and enter his/her/their name into the empty field and hope Twitter finds an official account.

A semi-new Web application helps you get around those frustrations. TweetLouder, which was released back in February, scans your personal Pandora, Last.fm, SonicLiving and/or iTunes account to see which artists you're listeing to the most. Then it runs that list against a database of Twitter handles, spitting out the accounts of the musicians you like most.

When I put TweetLouder to the test, I had to unlock my Pandora account, which had previously been set to private and allow the app to access my Twitter account. Within seconds, TweetLouder produced a lengthy list of bands that I listen to with some regularity while toiling away in the office -- Radiohead (@radiohead), Cold War Kids (@ColdWarKids), The Decemberists (TheDecemberists), Wilco (@wilco) -- and their respective Twitter accounts. With the click of a button, I could follow any of those accounts.

TweetLouder, a product of music/concert startup SonicLiving, also allowed me to pull up the upcoming concert dates for the artists on my list that it has an available schedule for -- Arcade Fire (@arcadefire), Interpo (@Interpol), the Steve Miller Band (@smbofficial), The Rolling Stones (@Stones_dot_com).

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Nicholas Jackson is a former associate editor at The Atlantic.

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