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?
A: 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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