After Gaana and Saavn went ‘social’ and integrated with Facebook timeline in February this year, Dhingana has gone the Gaana way. This app will allow users to share the music they are currently listening to with their Facebook friends in real-time, quite similar to Gaana.com and Saavn’s app.
To use the app users will have log into Dhingana with their Facebook account and add songs to their timeline as they listen. After the integration is complete, users will begin to see “music” posts and “play” buttons shared by friends in news feed. Also they will be able to play their favourite music right there in the Facebook feed.
Besides this they will be able to create and share playlists and songs with their friends and get personalized recommendations, as well as discover the music that’s trending with their friends. When users spot friends listening to music on Facebook, they can also click “listen with” from the ticker and listen to that song together with friends through Dhingana.
Also launching an open graph app is Media house NDTV with their social news reader integration with Facebook timeline. With NDTV readers will be able to share NDTV content (text, photos and videos) on their timelines. To use the app, users can head over to NDTV.com to login with their Facebook account credentials and grant access to their timeline.
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However, what’s disappointing about all news reader apps is that it forcefully shares every story you click onto your timeline, marking it as a recommendation to friends, irrespective of the fact that the story is worth sharing or not. And NDTV has taken an added step; it features the app as a popup whenever you land on a NDTV article.
While Facebook is definitely crossing all boundaries of what is called ‘social’ it is quite right to question ‘Do we really want real time sharing mechanism on all apps all the time?’
What’s your opinion?
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