NPR names Ping on ‘Worst Ideas of 2010’ list

When Apple announced Ping earlier this year, I — like a lot of users — was a little confused. The social network isn’t web-based, and wasn’t even all that powerful.

Even though Apple has added features since launch, Ping is still underwhelming. While it has Twitter support, Facebook support is nowhere to be found. Following bands is cool, but seeing what your buddy bought on the iTunes Store just… isn’t.

NPR agrees:

The most popular services — the Facebooks, Twitters and MySpaces of the world — allow users to share links, thoughts, ideas, photos and music to connect with each other. Ping, run through iTunes, was supposed to be an evolution in musical connection. But iTunes, being a self-contained fortress requiring endless software upgrades and with more than a few frustrating quirks, isn’t conducive to the type of sharing Web-based networks enjoy across a variety of devices. I can access all three of the aforementioned sites from my Android phone, and I have a variety of apps that allow me to seamlessly integrate these applications into my life. To use Ping, I would have to be tethered to my iMac.

Harsh, but accurate words.

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