Phonetags lets you use your mobile phone to bookmark songs you hear on the radio. The technology is currently being tested in collaboration with the BBC.
Listeners to BBC- 6 Music can bookmark a song they like by typing an ‘X‘ into an SMS and sending the text to a BBC short-code (text X to 64046 when you hear the song).
You can access a list of your bookmarked songs online by entering your phone number into the search box at Phonetags.
X marks the song and any other words typed after the X are considered tags. The tagging system allows you to navigate your own tags and those of others.
A new concept called ‘magic tags’ can perform additional actions such as assigning a bookmarked song with a rating; *one, *two, *three, *four or *five.
There are pages of the top-rated songs for any given tag, making it possible to create peer generated charts for just about anything. This is a really useful music discovery and navigation tool that will be interesting to watch develop.
Plasticbag.org has an informative article that explains the concept and development of Phonetags – Reinventing Radio: On Phonetags… and here’s The podcast of ‘Reinventing Radio’…
BBC News and Resources
- BBC Radio Player – Streaming audio content.
- BBC targets music downloads in Internet strategy – partnerships with private businesses to sell music downloads being considered.
BBC TV channels to be put on net – Clips from the shows will also be made available on mobile phones.
feed: site:bbc.co.uk – MSN deep search for BBC RSS feeds.