[Air-l] last.fm group

Andrea Forte aforte at cc.gatech.edu
Wed May 30 15:41:32 PDT 2007

It actually doesn't surprise me that people put that much effort into
gaming Last. I'm into music and I pay attention to music likes/dislikes on
soc networking sites. In Judith Donath's terminology, Last seems to me as
a music lover to be more of an assessment signal for music tastes--and one
of the few available online to identify like-minded listeners. Far more
difficult to misrepresent one's tastes than with the conventional
signaling associated with free-text profiles in myspace, facebook, etc.


On Tue, 29 May 2007, Tanya Rabourn wrote:

> On 5/29/07, Nancy Baym <nbaym at ku.edu> wrote:
> > which speaks to the notion that some Last.fm users are policing the
> > system looking for suspected cheaters and calling them to account for
> > what they perceive as unfeasible numbers of listens.
> Months ago I remember one such user pointing out that a few had
> started to game the system by creating 30 sec. mp3's resulting in more
> plays over a given time period than would be technically possible. I
> found it interesting that they were willing to put that much effort in
> to getting those counts up.
> -Tanya
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