Saturday, July 7, 2007

Movie Privacy (the sequel to "Hiding Movies")

After your overwhelming response a few weeks ago about keeping your Friends from seeing those pesky embarrassing titles (something with Teletubbies comes to mind, or it could be that lowbrow drive in classic...) we wondered whether there was anything we could do in the short-term to ease the suffering. Every time we had started working on the right implementation in the past, it seemed like the project got tabled for something more pressing. But today your trusty web engineer Mikey showed me that he had built a quick-n-dirty version of Movie Privacy. It's not pretty, but i have to admit, it does the trick.

So, in a rather unNetflix-like way, we're just going to release it to Friends users in the next week or so. Let's see if this finally allows you to connect to folks you know slightly less well (or maybe too well), and for whom you absolutely needed the ability to hide some titles. We've all read your comments and suggestions for how best to implement this. Trust me: this isn't that. It's not that we're not hearing your suggestions, it's just i was interested in getting this in front of you quickly. So here's how it will work:

In the Friends area, look at the second navigation bar; along with the usual "Invite Friends" and links to this blog, we've added RSS FEEDS (per our earlier conversation) and MOVIE PRIVACY. The Movie Privacy page couldn't be much simpler. It provides a list of all the movies you've rented or have in your Queue (or At Home), all in alphabetical order, and for each movie, you have the option to make it private. That's it. Click "private" and its invisible to any Friend. Does it help? I think it's a start.




PS: It will not, at first, list your RATED movies. Just RENTED and in QUEUE. Let's see how this goes. ALSO: The more movies you've seen or have in your queue, the longer this page will take to load up -- so please be patient. It could take 10-15 seconds perhaps for you power-users. PPS: RSS Feeds are not currently filtered for Private Movies.

42 comments:

  1. That's exciting!

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  2. You guys read my mind on what I was thinking would be a useful feature..

    Great job!

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  3. I'm eagerly awaiting this feature. Can't wait to use Friends!

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  4. when will this be up? i can't see it yet.

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  5. I wear my Teletubbies badge with pride.

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  6. so, seems that the slider doesn't refresh data about ratings, etc very often - is this something that can be changed?

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  7. this still isnt showing up for me...

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  8. anonymous - what part of "in the next week or so" did you not understand?

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  9. I wouldn't need to hide Teletubbies from my friends, but I definitely would want to hide SHORTBUS.

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  10. Great and much-needed feature. But consider renaming it...I can't help reading it as Movie PIRACY no matter how many times I glance at the words.

    But then again, that might get more people trying to use it. ;)

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  11. I have been wanting this! I actually have a friend who admitted to me that he has a separate netflix account just for what he considered "embarrassing" or "lowbrow" viewing. So funny.

    On another note, I have an off topic suggestion. If I'm looking at a movie info page and it's already in my queue, it shows "in Queue." And of course if it's not int he queue, it shows the "Add" button. I would like a button to remove the movie from my queue right there, without having to GOTO my queue.

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  12. This is why I dropped all friends because I didn't want to show everyone what I was renting.

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  13. Does anyone remember back when Netflix used to rent porno titles? They weren't XXX stuff, but they were definitely x or XX. Titles like Nude Olympics, Erotic Dancer World Championship, Fabulous Flashers: Caught in the Act / Naked in America, etc. I think they stopped offering those titles like in '01 or '02. Now those were the titles that you'd want to keep from your friends.

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  14. Wonderful! This is the very reason I had not created a friends list. Now I will, I'm glad Netflix is all ways looking to enhance all the features of the site.

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  15. When will this feature come out....I keep looking for the second navigation bar....and still don't see it. I am anxiously awaiting this new feature....HURRY HURRY HURRY !!! LOL

    Keep up the great job Netflix !!!

    I love the friends feature and this will make it even better !

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  16. That, my friend, is a beautiful thing. I personally probably won't use it, but I have a friend who needs it. A 6'6" guy who has rented every available season of a Brit soap opera needs all the extra privacy he can get. Plus, it's good to know its there.

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  17. So I set a movie as private, but I am not sure if it worked. I can still see it under my watched/rated tab on my friends page, but maybe it is just blocked from everyone else? Does anyone know? I would sort of like it if my family did not see i watched Bedtime Stories.

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  18. I honestly fail to see how this is a more important feature than actually listing the SCREENWRITERS of the movies! If everyone is so concerned about hiding movies from their friends, then don't add them as a friend to begin with! Talk about the dishonest lives people must live if they actually have to shield the MOVIES they watch from their so-called "friends". Sad lives, indeed. Instead, let's move forward with listing FULL CREDITS for the movies, which actually IS extremely important and has been implemented at Blockbuster Online since the beginning. The fact that Netflix thinks that showing the director of a movie is enough is not cool nor helpful.

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  19. How can you tell if the movies you selected to be private, are private. I love this private feature, but how can you tell.

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  20. Simple, elegant, and will lead to a more Netflix activity.

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  21. I love the RSS feeds but I have a suggestion: right now all the feeds have the same ID tacked on
    http://rss.netflix.com/ReviewsRSS?id=id-here
    for Reviews and
    http://rss.netflix.com/QueueRSS?id=same-id-here for the Queue.

    As a result it is impossible for me to share my Reviews via RSS without also exposing my Queue (and Rental Activity and Movies at home and....) - can't you have multiple obfuscated identifiers for each user/feed - that way I can choose to expose just the ones that I want?

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  22. I too would like to remove movies from my queue when it shows up as queued, and without having to load the queue and searching for it.

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  23. So were did the Movie Privacy feature go? I have been look around but can't seem to find it.

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  24. This seems to be gone now. Bit of a bait and switch if you ask me.

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  25. Actually feature is not gone but incredibly hard to find. You have to click on Invite Friends to get the Movie Privacy tab to pop up. Completely unintuitive, but at least the feature is still there

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  26. You're both wrong. It's exactly where I've always found it. Click on the Friends button on the side, and when you're looking at your Friends, you'll see the link at the top of the page.

    If you don't have Friends, you wouldn't need it, so it's only on Friends related pages.

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  27. This seems to be gone now. Bit of a bait and switch if you ask me. kral oyun

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  28. This seems to be gone now. Bit of a bait and switch if you ask me Thanks
    oyunlar

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  29. You guys read my mind on what I was thinking would be a useful feature..

    oyunlar

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  30. Awesome!!!!! Exactly what I wanted. Didn't want my friends to find out that I am crazy about American pie :P.

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  31. Why does not the instantly watched titles show up under Movie Piracy?

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  32. this still isnt showing up for me...

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  33. You guys read my mind on what I was thinking would be a useful feature..

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