Thursday, May 17, 2007

New Features...

Sometime just after Memorial Day you will see an important step towards the community of movie fans we are building at Netflix. And this is at the core:

Every person at Netflix is going to have a profile -- automatically created. We will automatically generate an anonymous nickname, and give you a nifty-but-generic avatar image. If you want to ignore it, that's fine. But if you are a reviewer, or want to create a "Custom List" or want to participate in Friends... you might want to upload your own avatar or change the nickname to something pithy.

Anyway, the really cool thing about all this is that "Similar to You" percentage. Friends users know it because we developed it for checking movie tastes between you and any of your Friends. Now we've extended it to compare you and anyone at Netflix.

This way, when you see reviews on movies, you can see at a glance if the reviewer has similar movie taste to you. Click on the avatar and you can look at the reviewers other reviews, their favorite movies, and other custom lists they've created. We think this will make movie discovery more interesting. Anyway, this is the central component to a series of changes we are making this summer. You'll notice similar (gradual) changes in the Friends area as well. It's one of our first steps here, but we're deeply interested in how it looks and feels for you.


  1. I think this is a fantastic idea, and of course I'd like some modifications. Here's my 2 cents 'n all that:

    a) I'd like to be able to sort the reviews by % of similarity to me (or by date or anything else for that matter).s

    b) Okay, by "anyone at Netflix" - what you mean is, "anyone you can find by clicking page after page of reviews." I'd like to be able to sort/find people with a high % to me -- but some other way than having to scroll through page after page of reviews! For example, I'd love to know who the top 5 that are close to me are.

    yay changes!

  2. I forgot to add!

    c) I hate hate hate the "2U" thing. Ya'll are teenagers who are texting messages to each other, this is a business. It reflects HORRIBLY on the site. Yuck!

  3. I came over here from HackingNetflix to make the same suggestion that tonya made in point b). I spent the better part of the afternoon looking for reviewers with taste similarity close to mine with 80% the best I could find (I have one friend at 93%, so I know other like-minded individuals must be out there).

    I also really enjoyed the Average Rating for myself and my Friends as well as the Loved By Your Friends, Recommended For You sections of the old Friends section. Please bring those back!

  4. Like the enhancements. Does the "leave a note" feature still generate an e-mail to all friends in one's list? And also does Writing a review do the same? I used to leave notes on movies all the time but stopped once I discovered it sent an e-mail for each note I left. Bad feature!

  5. I like the Spock avatar. I wan that one. :)

  6. Not sure if this is the best way to get this message out, but it's the best one I could find: Netflix should re-catagorize its star rating system. 3 stars should be "it's okay" or indifferent. As it is, there is little difference between 3, 4, and 5 stars.

  7. Maybe this question is addressed somewhere, but I can't find it. I always liked the feature telling me how many people felt my recommendations were helpful. If you look through the comments for the specific movie, you can find it, but we used to be able to see it at a glance when we pulled up our personal review history. Can that be added back in?

  8. I would like to make a suggestion for netflix concerning the watch now feature. I use an older computer which im sure alot of people still do. and with this computer I cannot watch movies because of the sp2 and or vista needed. Maybe netflix can make a low bandwith type watch now feature so everyone can utilize that feature from their account. thanks.