But seriously, if you haven’t heard, Sonicbids is catching up to what’s cool and hip these days so, I don’t want to give them too much crap about it. They’ve done an awesome thing here allowing their users to sync their Sonicbids account with Facebook and allowing calendar dates and status messages to be synced with Facebook, Twitter, Myspace and Pure Volume. That is, if you are one of the artists that still inputs all your data into Sonicbids in the first place. Which leads me to the biggest WTH? ever: They still don’t import your dates from ArtistData even though THEY OWN ARTISTDATA!!! AAAARG! (Ok, I’m done) And, it seems that the “calendar updates” only apply to Pure Volume and the rest (FB, Myspace, Twitter) get status updates whenever you post a show with day-of-show postings to Twitter only. All of these things you’ve likely set up through other avenues already (ArtistData and Reverbnation) so, the best thing I can say about this is that it’s a huge leap forward for those artists who, for some reason, have not tried any other service but Sonicbids.
Now, about the Sonicbids/Facebook artist profile page. A few things can be confusing so, let me give you a heads up:
1) If you are going to use this feature, be sure you’ve logged into your Sonicbids account and under “content” unmarked the box that would allow people to download your audio files for free. Unless, you want to give your music away for free. Then, let ‘er rip!
2) There seem to be two customization pages. One is on Sonicbids and is self explanatory. Nothing complicated or fancy here. It is what it is and it’s easy enough to use. The second is when you go to the application on your Facebook edit page and sync it up. I only got there once and it asked me to upload a profile photo (as if it was re-creating my fan page from scratch) which, once uploaded, never changed anything. Meaning, I uploaded a new profile pic for nothing because there is no existing page that has it. It also invited me to share the page, invite friends, etc. etc. Once I navigated away from the page, I never found it again. Weird.
Bells and whistles:
You’ve got a custom banner, you can lock some content so that only people who like your page can see it (Note: this only locks them out of the Sonicbids tab, so, if you have your music, videos and pics on another tab, it doesn’t do much for you.), you have pics, videos, calendar (if you have that in the Sonicbids database) and a twitter stream. Plus, share and follow links. Comments are empty until someone comments directly on the Sonicbids/Facebook tab. Not bad. Not bad at all. Though, I can’t see a lot of people switching to this if they already make use of other apps unless they really, really want the “lock out until liked” feature. You can actually code that yourself with custom pages but most people don’t want to go to the trouble.
Here is what it looked like when I used it:
See it at work here!
So, again, if you are a faithful and exclusive Sonicbids user, this is good news for you. If you want an easy way to “lock until like” your FB content, this is an option.
You be the judge. Let me know what you think.