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Aug
29

Introducing Previews!

Posted by Novella .

Have A Quick Listen Before You Record!

Have you ever glanced at a song title and wondered if you knew the song? Have you wished for just a quick preview, so you didn't have to waste a precious click of the mouse? Then this news is for you!

We are happy to announce that every song on the site now has a 30-Second Preview for your listening pleasure! All you have to do is click on the small arrow beneath the "Clip" heading.

We hope you enjoy this feature and many thanks to the SingSnap Community for your continued (and valuable) suggestions!

Happy Previewing!

Aug
27

Back To School Party In The Chat Room!

Posted by Novella .

Back To School Time Is For Adults Too!

It's that time of the year when all the kids in the neighborhood are heading back to school. They're getting new clothes, making new friends and having a fabulous time! So, why do they get all the fun? We've decided to host a Back To School Party for Adults!

Join us for an entire day of amazing music, fun games, and fabulous friends! You are challenged to dress up in your favorite school attire! Were you a jock? A geek? Teacher's Pet? We'll be giving away Free Gold all day long, so be sure to join the party!

Your Study Guide!

Who: YOU and all your friends!
What: Good times, karaoke and fun games!
Where: SingSnap Singing Chat Room
When: Friday September 5, 12:00 AM- 11:59 PM!
Why: Because we think you are crazy fun!

Happy Singing!

Aug
27

Summerfest - Once Upon A Time!

Posted by Novella .

The Final Week Of Summerfest Has Arrived!

For the past few weeks we have been having a blast by acting "Young Again". The ultimate return to Youth can be done through the wonderful world of Fairy-tales! This week is all about those stories we grew up with, which many still find enchanting today!

Your Week Four Block!

Each week you will be participating to earn a colorful building block which will spell out "Snap"! This week you are after the final letter - the "P" Building block!

Once Upon A Time Challenge Details:

It is time to get courageous, creative and crazy! Be sure to complete both parts of your challenge to secure this weeks block!

Once Upon A Time Challenge - Part A: You must select a challenge from the list below. Each challenge also has an associated genre. You may sing any song on the Feature Page from your chosen genre, on August 29, 2014. The song must be dated August 29 to be considered. If you already know what song you would like to sing, you can request it here!

Once Upon A Time Challenge - Part B: Below you will find five famous Fairy-tales! Select one and complete the challenge!

Little Red Riding Hood - Sing any Alternative/Folk/Punk from the Feature Page. In your song comment section you must answer the following question. We know the big bad wolf is super hungry and wants to eat Little Red Riding Hood. We definitely don't want that to happen, so what WOULD you feed the Wolf to satisfy him and ensure Little Red's safety?

Alice In Wonderland - Sing any Pop Song from the Feature Page. In your song comment section answer the following question; Alice escaped her own reality by walking through a mirror. If you were to escape to a magical land, what every day object would you use as a portal and why?

Goldie Locks and the Three Bears - Sing any Rock Song from the Feature Page. We all know Goldie Locks helped herself to some porridge. So we want you to do the same, kind of. We want you to find any food you can safely stuff in your mouth and sing your song! (Or at least a little bit of it!)

Three Little Pigs- Sing any Oldies song from the Feature Page. In your song comment section, we want you to imagine that you were hunted by the Big Bad Wolf. You have to protect your music studio by building it out of one of the following items. Tell us which item you would choose and why! You can build your house out of Panty Hose, Plastic Straws or Soda Pop Cans! Remember - Which would you choose and WHY!

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - Sing any Country Song from the Feature Page. In song your comment section, answer the following question! Oh no, did you hear the news! One of the dwarfs have retired. So it is up to you to be the new SEVENTH dwarf! What would your dwarf name be and why?

Get Featured! If you want to get featured on Friday and get a ton of additional exposure - all you have to do is dress up like a fairytale character! Any character from any story, just have fun with it!

Rules & Guidelines:

1. The Challenge is open from 12:00 AM EST to 11:59 PM EST Friday August 29, 2014. The song must be dated August 29.
2. No Two-Person duets allowed. You may harmonize with yourself.
3. Gender Benders are acceptable
4 You MUST have FUN! Fun, Fun, Fun!
5. Post your challenge link back in this thread.
6. Web cams are encouraged but not required.
7. Challenge is open to all members.
8. One song per Snapper.
9. Promotion of non-challenge songs is strictly prohibited.
10. Post your link only once, if you think you've been missed contact the SingSnap Events Team.
11. Did I mention you must have FUN?
12. The song must be submitted in the following format.

Username
Main Entry
Fairytale
Song Title
Song Link

Happy Singing!

*Disclaimer: SingSnap will not answer anyone's inquiries as to whether or not they have or have not been featured. Being featured is a privilege, not a right or expectation. You will likely not be featured each and every challenge, and our team does not have the resources to be answering these inquiries while trying to keep everything moving along. Thank-You for your understanding!

Aug
27

Volunteer VIP Award!

Posted by Novella .

A Great BIG Thank-You to KS_Kutie!

Tina is a valued member of the SingSnap Events team. She is a woman made up of strength and determination. She has been a long-term volunteer who has shown incredible dedication and quiet passion for the site. We are very thankful to have her on board! Thanks Tina!

Q&A With Tina!

How Did You Become A Volunteer With SingSnap?

One of the Event's Team Girls ask if I thought I'd like to join the team and of course I said yes and she gave my name to Novella and the rest is history Lol

What is your favorite thing about SingSnap?

There are a lot of things to love about SS but my favorite is the people you meet from all over the world and being on the Event's Team with some awesome ladies the contest I run with my girl Teri.

What Do You Do In Your 'Real' Life?

I'm a case worker for the elderly and currently working from home

Who are the most important people in your world?

my fiance,....my son, my sister, ....my friend, Angie and my girl Teri in SC

And Lastly, if there is one thing you want people to know about YOU and SingSnap what would it be?

that my family and friends are very important to me...and one thing I would tell someone about SS is the great people and the friendships you can develop here.

Check Out Tina's Recordings!

Make It With You - Bread
You've Got The Touch - Alabama
That's Me - Martina McBride

Thank-You For Your Dedication!

Aug
26

Listen To Me!

Posted by Annie .


 
 

Comments Don't Just Happen

We get a lot of complaints from users that they don't get any comments, and other singers get tons of comments even though they are "not very good".

We've seen singers come and go, and we see what it takes to make a name for yourself. It doesn't matter how amazing you are; if no one knows you're here, you may as well be invisible.

1. The Number of Views to Comments Is NOT An Indicator of Ability

Views almost ALWAYS outpace comments by a large margin. There are several reasons for this:
~People may be opening the song simply to hear how it's sung.
~People may already have commented, but just come back to listen again.
~People just are not commenters and don't leave a comment for reasons of their own.
~People find it difficult to type.

 
2. Your Song Is One of Millions - Not One IN a Million.

I hate to break it to you, but unless you already have a large following, your song will likely generate a handful of comments at best. There are things you can do to improve your chances (see below).
~At any one time, there can be thousands of users online recording. As of this writing, there are 1684 total users currently online. This number only goes up, Up, UP during peak hours.
~Rarely do members sing one song at a time. Many users will usually record up to as many as 20 songs in a sitting.
~At any given moment, hundreds of songs are being released hoping to garner the same attention you are.
~The majority of online users are singing right NOW! A handful or taking care of private messages, reading comments, posting on message boards, or checking out their friends' new recordings.

 
3. SingSnap Is Not Your Agent

~SingSnap provides a number of pages dedicated to showcasing the recordings. Click the WATCH & LISTEN tab and you'll see pages for Featured Songs, New Songs, Newbies, Duets, etc. THIS is where you are being showcased.
~If you were to give a show, you wouldn't expect people just to show up, would you? NO. You'd put out fliers, or a news release, spread the word on social media, etc. You have to expect to put in some effort in getting some attention for yourself. (See some ideas below)
~We have ONE spot on the Feature page to highlight recordings that have caught our attention either through doing something really spectacular, making an effort in one of our contests or challenges.
~We have THREE showcase spots on the Feature page dedicated to members who join one of our site sponsored contests or challenges.
~We have a Promotions folder in the Message Boards where you can post links to your songs.
~We provide status messages (gold members) where you can post a link to your latest song.
~We provide a profile page that you can highlight links or embedded recordings.
~We provide a showcase strip (gold members) on your Recordings Page.

 
 

With That Said

If you want more comments, you MUST work on your behalf to get noticed. Everyone here is a singer who wants attention. There is no built in audience just waiting around for songs and singers to listen to. You have to get out there and market yourself.

Spam is severely FROWNED upon. One thing that will turn listeners OFF faster than anything is A) Sending out a bunch of PM's to near or total strangers asking for listens.... B) HUGE SIN ALERT: Leaving a link to your recording on someone else's song.

What you CAN do:

Join a challenge.
There are some really awesome daily challenges in our Challenges & Themes - Active board. Find some challenges that appeal to you, read the instructions, and join in on the fun. There is no judgment, so no pressure.

Comment. Comment. Comment.
As reported in our Comment Correlation Study commenting on others WILL increase the attention you receive. It is not a 1 to 1 ratio, but the more comments you give out, the higher your return will be.

Share Your Recordings on Social Media
If you have a Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ page, be sure to post a link to your songs there for all your friends/followers.

Network
Once you do start getting comments, be sure to visit those who have commented on your songs and leave a comment in return. The song or the style may not be your cup of tea, but you can always say something nice about someone. After all, they took the time to visit you.

Interact with the people you meet. If you received a particularly nice comment, return the favor AND send them a PM to thank them and tell them what their comment meant to you. You might just find a new fan!

Take part in the discussions on the message boards. The more you are seen and heard, the more people might just be interested enough to click on your name and check you out.

Aug
20

Summerfest - Pajama Party!

Posted by Novella .

It's Time For A Giant SingSnap Sleep Over!

One of the best adventures a child can have is spending the night with a group of friends, sharing stories, playing games and eating too much junk food! Join us this week, as we have a gigantic Pajama Party!

Your Week Three Block!

Each week you will be participating to earn a colorful building block which will spell out "Snap"! This week you are after the "A" Building block!

Pajama Party Challenge Details:

It is time to get courageous, creative and crazy! Be sure to complete both parts of your challenge to secure this weeks block!

Pajama Party Challenge - Part A: Sing any song on the Feature Page on August 22, 2014. The song must be dated August 22 to be considered. If you already know what song you would like to sing, you can request it here!

Pajama Party Challenge - Part B: If you're on cam, we want you to dress the part! Wear your favorite (G-Rated) Pajamas on cam! Show us your wild and crazy bed head! Sport your slippers, robe and don't forget the night cap! If you're doing the Audio-Only Challenge, tell us a bedtime story by completing the phrase below! You can write the story in your song comment section OR verbally deliver it at the start of your song!

Once upon a time in a land far, far away.. Lived a handsome prince named Trevor! He had a dream one night to create the biggest and baddest online community in the world! He made this dream come true - one song at a time. As he sits back and recollects his favorite moments with his new virtual family members, he'll never forget the time that ______________________! "

Rules & Guidelines:

1. The Challenge is open from 12:00 AM EST to 11:59 PM EST Friday August 22, 2014. The song must be dated August 22.
2. No Two-Person duets allowed. You may harmonize with yourself.
3. Gender Benders are acceptable
4 You MUST have FUN! Fun, Fun, Fun!
5. Post your challenge link back in this thread.
6. Web cams are encouraged but not required.
7. Challenge is open to all members.
8. One song per Snapper.
9. Promotion of non-challenge songs is strictly prohibited.
10. Post your link only once, if you think you've been missed contact the SingSnap Events Team.
11. Did I mention you must have FUN?
12. The song must be submitted in the following format.

Username
Song Title
Song Link

Happy Singing!

*Disclaimer: SingSnap will not answer anyone's inquiries as to whether or not they have or have not been featured. Being featured is a privilege, not a right or expectation. You will likely not be featured each and every challenge, and our team does not have the resources to be answering these inquiries while trying to keep everything moving along. Thank-You for your understanding!

Aug
13

Volunteer VIP Award!

Posted by Novella .

A Great BIG Thank-You to lil_miss_tasty7!

Kareena is such a joy to be around! She has so much spirit and an infectious zest for life! She is a very valuable member of our chat-admin family! She is very dedicated, hilarious and "FUN" is her middle name! She is a true asset to the team and we're very thankful to have her on board!

Q&A With Kareena!

How Did You Become A Volunteer With SingSnap?

I found SingSnap when I was at a low point in my life and singing was the only thing that helped me forget everything, I found chat and once logged in I couldn't leave, the friends i have made in there have been amazing not to mention all the giggles I've shared with them all, I was asked to become a chat-admin and at first was super nervous but all the staff made me feel right at home and i would be lost without them, I really love being a volunteer in chat and wouldn't change it for anything in the world

What is your favorite thing about SingSnap?

My favorite thing would be the people I've met and the friends I've made, I couldn't wish or ask for better friends they've kept me laughing when im low and listened to be when I've needed them, we share everything from good music from all genres to Friday night fancy dress ideas for chat LOL!

Who are the most important people in your world?

The most important people to me are my friends and family, I wouldn't be the person I am without them, To name two would 1. be my dad as I'm a huge daddy's girl and he is my rock whenever I need him, he supports me with everything i do in life and no matter how old i get he will always be my superhero, and 2. my best friend Vikki (Stargirl) Without her i don't know what id do, we've laughed cried shared secrets and TV show gossip, there isn't a day that goes by i cannot message her with something for us both to laugh about, We met in chat as strangers but will be best friends forever

And Lastly, if there is one thing you want people to know about YOU and SingSnap what would it be?

I would like more to know that chat isn't just about listening to the best singers but to listening to people having fun and sharing their favorite music also its about coming in and talking about your day making friends from all over the world, If you haven't yet been in I would strongly recommend it as it's a mountain of fun with great people and great music 24-7

Check Out Kareena's Recordings!

I Will Follow Him - Whoopi Goldberg
My Boy Lollipop - Millie Small
Uninvited - Alanis Morissette

Thank-You For Your Dedication!

Aug
12

Summerfest - SnapZoo!

Posted by Novella .

Let's Go To The Zoo!

Join us this Friday as we take a trip to the zoo, but this isn't just ANY Zoo - it's the SnapZoo! And the animals are you! (yes, that rhymed ) This is your second chance en route to becoming the highly coveted Snap-Star!

Your Week Two Block!

Each week you will be participating to earn a colorful building block which will spell out "Snap"! This week you are after the " N" Building block!

SnapZoo Challenge Details:

It is time to get courageous, creative and crazy! Be sure to complete both parts of your challenge to secure this weeks block!

SnapZoo Challenge - Part A: Sing any song on the Feature Page on August 15, 2014. The song must be dated August 15 to be considered. If you already know what song you would like to sing, you can request it here!

Snapzoo Challenge - Part B: We want to know what your favorite animal is from the Zoo! Do you like the funny monkeys or the cute and cuddly bears?! If you're on cam, we want you to dress the part! If you're doing audio-only, tell us in your song comment section what your favorite animal is and why!

Rules & Guidelines:

1. The Challenge is open from 12:00 AM EST to 11:59 PM EST Friday August 15, 2014. The song must be dated August 15.
2. No Two-Person duets allowed. You may harmonize with yourself.
3. Gender Benders are acceptable
4 You MUST have FUN! Fun, Fun, Fun!
5. Post your challenge link back in this thread.
6. Web cams are encouraged but not required.
7. Challenge is open to all members.
8. One song per Snapper.
9. Promotion of non-challenge songs is strictly prohibited.
10. Post your link only once, if you think you've been missed contact the SingSnap Events Team.
11. Did I mention you must have FUN?
12. The song must be submitted in the following format.

Username
Audio/Cam
Song Title
Song Link

Happy Singing!

*Disclaimer: SingSnap will not answer anyone's inquiries as to whether or not they have or have not been featured. Being featured is a privilege, not a right or expectation. You will likely not be featured each and every challenge, and our team does not have the resources to be answering these inquiries while trying to keep everything moving along. Thank-You for your understanding!

Aug
5

Summerfest - SingSnap Super Hero!

Posted by Novella .

What's Your SingSnap Super Hero!?

What is more youthful than reading comics books and imagining a world where you get to be a super hero! We definitely have some real life heroes right here on Snap and we want to spend this challenge having fun and being awesome!

Your Week One Block!

Each week you will be participating to earn a colorful building block which will spell out "Snap"! This week you are after the "S" Building block!

Superhero Challenge Details:

It is time to get courageous, creative and crazy! Be sure to complete both parts of your challenge to secure this weeks block!

Superhero Challenge - Part A: Sing any song on the Feature Page on August 8, 2014. The song must be dated August 8 to be considered. If you already know what song you would like to sing, you can request it here!

Superhero Challenge - Part B: Create your very own Superhero OR tell us who your favorite actual superhero is! If you're on cam, simply dress the part! If you're doing audio only, write about your hero in the Song Comment section!

Rules & Guidelines:

1. The Challenge is open from 12:00 AM EST to 11:59 PM EST Friday August 8, 2014. The song must be dated August 8.
2. No Two-Person duets allowed. You may harmonize with yourself.
3. Gender Benders are acceptable
4 You MUST have FUN! Fun, Fun, Fun!
5. Post your challenge link back in this thread.
6. Web cams are encouraged but not required.
7. Challenge is open to all members.
8. One song per Snapper.
9. Promotion of non-challenge songs is strictly prohibited.
10. Post your link only once, if you think you've been missed contact the SingSnap Events Team.
11. Did I mention you must have FUN?
12. The song must be submitted in the following format.

Username
Song Title
Song Link

Happy Singing!

*Disclaimer: SingSnap will not answer anyone's inquiries as to whether or not they have or have not been featured. Being featured is a privilege, not a right or expectation. You will likely not be featured each and every challenge, and our team does not have the resources to be answering these inquiries while trying to keep everything moving along. Thank-You for your understanding!

Aug
5

Summerfest 2014 - Young Again!

Posted by Novella .

It's Time To Feel Young Again!

With kids across the world getting ready to go back to school, there are school supplies lining the local stores, youth groups starting back up and child orientated activities popping up everyone! While we do love the youth of our nation, we wanted to have some fun too! So this challenge is dedicated to all Snappers who want to feel 'Young Again'!

Young Again Challenge!

Each week you will be participating to earn a colorful building block! These building blocks spell out a very special word - Snap! (Which of course is short for SingSnap!) If you successfully earn all four building blocks, you will be a Snap-Star for the month of September!

You Can Follow Along!

Every Monday we will be posting an updated file of the participants and their standing on the SingSnap Events Profile, so that you can follow along with us!

Rules and Guidelines!

1. The Snap-Star tag will be awarded after all four weeks are completed.
2. This challenge is open to every member of the site.
3. Webcams are encouraged but not required.
4. Zero tolerance rule for drama will be enforced strictly.
5. A new thread will be posted each Friday.
6. A song must be entered into the specified thread to be considered.
7. You can join in as many and as few of the challenges as you desire.
8. Post your link only once.
9. If you have any questions about anything, send a message to the SingSnap Events Team.
10. Fresh Recordings only.
11. Each challenge will have a specific set of instructions for recording/submission procedures. Read Carefully.
12. Promotion of non-challenge songs is strictly prohibited.
13. Licensed songs and SingSnap Originals are not permitted.
14. Last but most importantly - HAVE FUN!

Happy Singing!