As you’ve probably seen on Twitter, on Friday I’m leaving Last.fm.
I’ve learned an awful lot in the last two years, and done much much more than I ever expected to. It’s been brilliant and difficult and totally unique. I’m going to miss the scrobbles,
grumpy amazing developers and my job title an awful lot.
Next I’m off to Barcelona for a boozy holiday at a music festival: I’m told this is required behaviour for anyone leaving Last.HQ.
After that? I’m going to be freelancing. I’ve got a few projects lined up for the next couple of months (more on those soon), but if you want to chat to me about any writing, project management, or general consulting-type-stuff then drop me a line at email@example.com.
Besides my continual work to action my 100Days pledge, something else interesting happened today:
One of the gigs that kept me busy in November, Best of 2009 followed up last year‘s chart of the most highly scrobbled music that listeners to Last.fm generated. An epic mine of data was navigated, and the end result looks stunning. Last.fm’s ad-hoc Team Ginger did an incredible job.
I’m just now getting to see the functionality in the wild – and the overlay of personal listens with worldwide listens is a treat. The MJ data visualisation is gorgeous, and something I’m proud to be even tangentially involved in as a listener, let alone a writer. Numbers 20-11 go live next week, with the top ten coming on the 16th of December. Stay tuned, because it’s an epic top ten.