Monthly Archives: April 2009

Gmail & RSS for Mailing Lists

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(This is a follow up to my previous post about the frustrations relating to artists that only have email subscription lists and not rss feeds.)

  Because the majority of artists and executives are still behind the curve with syndicating their recent events and news, we just have to subscribe to the email lists.  So, after noticing that my current Gmail account has an rss link, I decided to make a new Gmail account just for email newsletters.  This way I can use the account’s rss feed to subscribe to all those subscriptions in my favorite reader and bring them into view all in one simple location.  The only problem is, now I’m getting 300-400 news items a day.  But I just flag the ones that have people that I’m interested in getting to know.  Then once a week, I will email all of them and congratulate and support them.

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Artist Websites & RSS

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  As, I’m building my network database of contacts that I would like to work with in the music industry, I want to also include my favorite artists.  But, its hard to keep up to date on all your favorite artists at the same time.  

  I use an RSS aggregator called NetNewsWire to bring all my updates from music news sites into one simple location.  As I moved into the category of my favorite artists I noticed that very very few of them have an RSS feed associated to the news section of their website.  So, for me to keep up to date with them, I have to go to each of their websites and see what’s happening or hope that another news source writes a piece about them.  Of course joining the email list is an option but that’s seems less efficient to me.

  Anyway this was just a short post about an issue I noticed and thought it could be expanded upon.  What do you think?

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Network Database

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  There are a good handful of contact directory sites with a bunch of contact names and addresses for the music industry.  But, as you can probably tell there is a lot of dated or plain nonsense out there.  So, I decided to go through and build my own music business networking database.  As I read business articles about music projects that I’m interested in, I’m going to google the different business people associated with those projects and assign them into the corresponding category.  My categories are (in no specific order):  Libraries, Organizations, Photographers, Radio, Promotion, Authors, Technicians, Attorneys, Consultants, Producers, Studios, Record Companies, Managers, Publicists, Songwriters, and Musician Referral Representatives.

  My plan is to first develop a small but strong database of people I would like to work with.  Their location is not such a vital thing since this is a web networking idea.  Plus the people that show up on the top of the results are gonna be the most modern and hot industry people

  Then via email subscriptions and rss feeds, I’m going to keep up on what’s going on in their business and contact them every now and then with congratulations on the success of their current projects.  My theory is that after a while, my name will be familiar to them.  I will make them aware of my capabilities and hopefully start to get some work out of exclusively web networking.

  My end goal is to collaborate on any level with these people who are associated with the acts that I love.

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