Radio Pop - social radio listening
Today we are launching Radio Pop - social radio listening from BBC Radio Labs.
Sign up to Radio Pop and we will store your listening to BBC Radio. You can then see graphs, charts and lists of your listening, get recommendations from your friends, share your tastes and browse around to see what other people are hearing right now. Radio Pop is an experimental prototype built by the Radio Labs team - we're doing this to learn things about radio and social software. We don't yet know how long it will remain live and we make no guarantees as to its reliability or performance but we will do our best to make it better over time and welcome your feedback either in the comments or by email.
Whenever you listen to live BBC radio through Radio Pop (either within the site or with a widget) it will store what and when you listened. We can then use this data in a number of ways. Firstly, you can see a history of what you listened to - maybe you'd like to go back to last week or even last year and see what you heard. Secondly, there are at-a-glance statistics and graphs on your Radio Pop profile page showing your favourite radio networks and programmes. Have a look at the profile pages for tristanf and fridayforward to get an idea of what you will get. You can also share your data - show off your stats, watch your friends' RSS feeds for recommended radio shows or add a badge to your blog that shows the world when you're listening.
Radio Pop is social software. Just like the many social networking sites out there you can add your friends to Radio Pop - then you can see their listening, subscribe to their latest programmes feed or even see the aggregated favourite networks of all your friends. Finally, you can check everyone's stats to see the aggregated listening of everyone who is using Radio Pop.
As well as listening to the radio you can Pop the radio! Hit the Pop button in the Radio Pop player when you hear something you like or just want to remember it. We'll remember that and it to your list of Pops. It's a bit like bookmarks for radio.
Finally a bit of development history - we built the initial prototype about a year ago. Since then we have been developing it further so it's ready for launch. Mint Digital were brought in to rebuild the server-side architecture and code to make sure it would be robust and scalable. Then we took their code on and Chris has made a number of feature improvements while Tom has given it a lick of design-paint to make it into something a bit more usable. We hope you like it.
Note: Radio Pop only supports the following browsers: Firefox 2, Firefox 3, Safari 3, Internet Explorer 7, Opera 9 and (almost) Google Chrome. We can't guarantee performance, functionality or aesthetics in any other browsers.