So a lot has been written about Blip Messaging here on XML.com, but not a lot of action has been seen. Last week @ the College Music Journal Festival in NYC the world got its first taste of what Blip Messaging is all about,
The above image showcases an overlay of blip messages on top of Google Maps/SOHO/Manhattan that highlights the CMJ-related shows and venues taking place the night of the 16th, a selection from a list that included 1060+ bands playing at 60+ venues over the course of the entire week. It also represents the “communicate” page for Ume, a band headed by Lauren Larson, wife of Eric Larson who plays bass (their long time friend Jeff on drums) who played “The Tank” on Thursday night. A *ROCKSTAR* hacker as well as musician, Eric works with us @ amp.fm, spending a good portion of his time the week before building a text-messaging based blip search engine (e.g. text “Ume” to email@example.com and get all of Ume’s shows (time(s), location(s), etc. in response) that we demoed during the trade show as well.
So then what’s this all have to do with XML?
Absolutely *EVERYTHING*! Well, at least the parts that relate to the underlying technology.
Want to be part of the November 1st private beta for amp.fm that will allow you as a fan or musician the ability to both broadcast yourself as well as to get plugged in to all of the info your heart desires, all based on *your* terms and *your* interests, and all without ever exposing a single bit of personal info (e.g. your email address), or in other words,
Publish. Search. Discover. Subscribe. If desirous, Unsubscribe. Repeat.
Add yourself to the list!**
More to follow, and until then, enjoy your evening, everyone! :D
** Yeah, I know, providing your email address such that you can be given your login info on the day of the private launch goes against the “without ever exposing a single bit of personal info (e.g. your email address)” statement above. Unfortunately we couldn’t think of another way to allow folks to sign up for the beta w/o giving us a way to send them their login info on the day of the launch, so for now please excuse the obvious crossed messaging.
 The “communicate” page for any given band, venue, or show allows the ability for anyone to post comments, pictures, etc. related to the specified entity. In this case, if you attended Ume’s show at “The Tank” you could access the related page on amp.fm, upload pics, make comments regarding the show, post a “I saw you”-like message to that little hottie you met but didn’t get a chance to get her number, etc.
 I’ll be following up later this week with info on how you can gain access to the entire open source blip messaging platform itself.
 The official public launch is January 1st, 2008 @ 12:00:01 EST.