You may have not heard of new music site turntable.fm just yet, but like Twitter or Farmville, this little music site is shaping up to be the next big thing. One can describe it as a user-generated social Pandora with chat and foursquare like achievements. You can tune into genre specific rooms and listen in or sit in as a DJ and play songs of your choice for an entire virtual room (for more information, check out our recent turntable.fm post). After spending countless hours on the site, I figured out a few helpful turntable tips.
1. Use Twitter to find new rooms. Turntable shows a list of popular rooms and lets you jump into random ones. If you jump into a random room you can either end up in a room that's too full or one that plays music that may not be your cup of tea. Using Twitter, you can save a search for hashtag #turntablefm and see all the new rooms people post.
2. Make a smaller window. Since turntable.fm's appeal is fun and graphic, it takes up a lot of screen space. Using the browsers zoom out (command -) feature you can shrink turntable.fm to a manageable size and resize your window to fit. Shrinking your window down is great for when you're tuning in from your work computer.
3. Change your OS. A fun little visual element of turntable.fm is that it knows what OS you are using. If you're a DJ sitting at the DJ table, your avatar sits with a laptop that will show a Windows, Mac, Linux or Chrome logo depending on what system you're on. If you want to change your logo you can spoof your OS using an agent switcher. In Safari (on a Mac) go to Safari > Preferences > Advanced Tab > Check Show Developer Mode in Menu Bar. Then go back and select "Develop" in the menu bar. Then Select your user agent. In Chrome you can also download this user agent extension.