These days you can share just about anything online. Sharing your personal taste with the world might seem a little egocentric, but it’s also a great way of getting recommendations from others too.
From TV shows to mobile apps, here’s our guide to sharing what you love online.
TV shows and movies
Miso takes the Foursquare format of check-ins and badges and translates it to movies and TV shows. When you’re watching something, just log the fact using this iPhone app and you can automatically share your viewing habits via Twitter or Facebook. You can even link up your Foursquare account to check-in at your current location at the same time.
You’ll earn badges for repeat viewing of different genres and you’re able to see what your friends are watching and see what shows are “trending” right now. It’s a little ‘bare bones’ at present and it’s uncannily similar to Foursquare in its design. That said, it’s still an alpha product that launched mere weeks ago so if you’re a TV addict, it might be worth getting in on the action now and seeing how it develops.
Music was the first form of entertainment to be easily shared online, thanks to Last.fm. Over half a decade later and the service is still the best way of letting others know what you’re listening to. Supporting everything from desktop music players to MP3 players, mobile phones and even the XBox 360 and some internet radio stations, Last.fm reaches to just about anywhere you can play music digitally.
The true joy of Last.fm is that once you’ve ’scrobbled’ a decent amount of music it really can recommend new artists and songs to you quite accurately, and the charts it builds of what you’ve been listening to know your music taste better than you do.
Publicly sharing the desktop apps you use might seem a little strange but Wakoopa has built up a loyal following by allowing users to do that. Beyond simply publishing a feed of the apps you use via services like Twitter and a widget for your website, the service keeps track of your productivity by tracking your app usage on a graph.
Wakoopa will also recommend other apps you might like based on your usage and a social side of the service makes it easy to see what your friends are using. [Disclosure: The Next Web’s parent company is an investor in Wakoopa]
With so many apps in the iTunes store, choosing the best can be difficult. Appsfire is a service that allows you to share which apps you’re using with others quickly and easily. Available for PC, Mac and as an iPhone app, the service taps into your iTunes account and lets you create lists of apps to recommend with others. A link to your recommendation list can then be shared with others easily.
Beyond friends’ recommendations, the Appsfire website provides ‘VIP’ app lists from well known bloggers including our own Editor in Chief, Zee. A version of Appsfire for Android apps is currently in private beta and will be available to all soon.
If you’re a gadget obsessive, gdgt is the site for you. Run by former Engadget head honchos Ryan Block and Peter Rojas, it allows you to build up lists of the high tech gear you own, would like to own and have had in the past. The site allows you to compare lists with friends, see what others are saying about gadgets you’re interested in or review them yourself.
As with most of the services in this list, there’s Twitter and Facebook integration and dynamic recommendations based on what you’ve shared. As a reference source for information about new gadgets and a place to discuss them, Gdgt can’t be beaten.Martin Bryant UK Editor, The Next Web
Martin Bryant is based in Manchester, UK. A co-founder of the city’s monthly Social Media Cafe events and award-winning blogger, he is Digital Content Editor for Marketing Manchester. His main interests are developments in the social web that relate to the mobile and music industries. Twitter, Personal site