Events have that kind of stuff all the time. Tweet with this hashtag and your tweet will end up on the big board. “OMG, I’m on the big board.” Everyone likes to be on the big board. I tried to get on the big board but A) I did it wrong and B) Twitter and Jawbone probably didn’t want to scare attendees with DC Hardcore at 10 am.
Drop is different from the usual game of trying to get some sort of social recognition IRL. After you left the event you could create your own “big board” and have all your friends (and potential) enemies on Twitter control your playlist with tweets.
I downloaded the app, connected my Rdio (it also works with Spotify) and Twitter account and put out the call. Between the trolling of Bananaphone and a Barney the Dinosaur song sent by my editor Josh that will haunt me for years to come, I was happy to find that my Twitter followers filled my playlist some amazing songs.
What makes Drop different from other services, including now dead Turntable.fm is that you don’t have to go to a special site or even download the app to participate. All it takes is a tweet with a song and band name to control a friend’s Drop playlist.
Hell, you don’t even need to drop the name of the band and you’re sharing music with a friend.
The iOS only Drop app has a deceptively simple interface. Tap a currently paying song to play and pause. Swipe up to skip to the next song in your queue. Swipe down and you’re presented with a search field. Below that is a list of recommended tracks and below that, are all the recently played tracks. Helpful when you want to know the name of the track someone sent to your playlist.
If you tap on the avatar of the person who’s song is currently playing, you can Drop that song to other folks using Drop. And finally, if you click on the three dots in the lower right- hand corner, you can see the tweet that triggered the current song.
You can also invite friends, which just tweets that you’re using the app and that your followers should reply to you with songs.
It’s nice that the dance party doesn’t stop once your followers shut down at the end of the day, but it’s not really what Drop is all about.
I shut down the app and started listening to my carefully curated playlists again. But tomorrow I’ll hit up Twitter to control my music. And I’ll do the same the next day and the next. Maybe Drop’s incredibly low barrier to entry will mean, unlike Turntable.fm, it’ll stick around.
Either way, I’ll expect all your Drops tomorrow.
➤ Drop (iOS)