I wish I had a picture of my face the moment I heard about Apple launching Ping (its social network for iTunes) because I must have had quite the look on my face. From day one Ping has made little sense to me, but because it was Apple launching it I was willing to give it a try. Since signing up on day one I have opened Ping four times, one of those times was on accident (meant to click on the iTunes Store).
Today Apple emailed its Ping users to remind them that Ping still exists, which is a rather pathetic thing to do. It is like when you were in gym class picking teams and it came down to you and another kid, the last two left – both of you start yelling and begging to get picked so that you don’t get ‘auto-assigned by virtue of being the last one left’. A sad thing and exactly what Apple’s email today felt like.
I bit, I went on to Ping to see what was what, then I started writing this. Ugh.
That is the feeling I get every time I open up Ping – it’s like WTF is this? I seriously don’t understand what is supposed to be so great about Ping. I get that it is supposed to help connect artists with fans, and fans with fans, and friends with friends so that we can all get together and buy a metric crap ton of music and videos, but really?
There is exactly one person following me, and one person that I follow that I actually know. Because he took the time to find me first. That is maybe the worst part about Ping, instead of being able to search to see which of the people on Twitter that I follow have Ping, I have two options: search by name, or invite by email.
Yeah sure Apple I am going to sit there and mentally go through all the people I know, type in their names and find them. Yeah right. AND if I am not going to do that you can bet your ass I am not inviting them by email.
Will you please remove this crap from the already cumbersome and bloated, yet completely essential app you so ridiculously still call iTunes? Please I beg of you to just let Ping die.
Or at the very least stop emailing us about it so we can forget all about it like we did with MySpace.