Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Members Similar To You

The question has been raised: "How are these people chosen?" and "Why do some of my Friends have higher sim% than these people?"

The calculation to determine similarity is extremely complex -- and takes into consideration all the movies you've seen and rated, and how other people rate those movies to find weight, and then looks at the various kinds of overlaps with another person. To take you and compare you to every other subscriber would be CPU prohibitive. To compare you to every reviewer is slightly easier, but still takes many minutes. We use this complex algorithm for you and your Friends since you only have a (relatively) few Friends. But with the larger Community we had to simplify the calculation a little. It's simply not quite as refined as the variation we use on your Friends. The result is that, for the moment, a "very similar" stranger is in going to be in the 70-80% range (i've not seen a 90+ yet) and that's about 10 points below what I get with my most similar Friends. We will continue improving the speed and accuracy of the similarity calculations.

The block of four selected here is not necessarily the four "most similar" people to you. We use a number of quick assumptions to narrow down the field of reviewers we will compare you to, then run the faster similarity calculation on them, and finally randomly select four from the group at the top. This way, it will change a bit from time to time. If we find that people like this block, and enjoy exploring people who are similar, we will expand this kind of feature (maybe get a whole page of similar people, or be able to search for folks, or other interesting things); but first I'd like to see if a lot of folks are intrigued. (And as we know from blog comments here -- a lot of you simply don't care about strangers, so it is most certainly not assured to be a valuable feature). But we're listening. Whatcha think?

75 comments:

  1. In my case, the fact that the reviewer's listed in my movie display page block have similarities that are all over the map basically mean I completely ignore the similarity rating there.

    The block of four people most similar is an interesting way for me to find potential movies, but when I look at that person's 5-star movies, a bunch of them show up in the 3-star range for me. In which case those maybe aren't so great for me.

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  2. As a customer who has rated almost 2400 movies and has written zero reviews, my question is, would i get better similarity results if i started to write reviews? Or that doesn't matter, and it only matters what others have written?

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  3. First off, I think I will like this feature. But, what I think it is lacking is that when I click on one of these high sim% people, I get their main "reviews and lists" page. That doesn't quite help me answer the million dollar question of "Why is this person similar to me?" It would be nice if clicking on these people's name takes you to a page specifically devoted to showing you why you are similar - then, if you want to go from there to their main reviews/lists page, you can.

    Just my two cents...

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  4. Honestly, I'm not too interested in any of the new stuff you've got on the community page. It's all pretty irrelevant to me. I like what friends has to offer, especially if more improvements get made. Now, the communitity page is just one more link I need to click before I can reach my friends area. I realize you guys are going to integrating more of the Friends into Community, but in my opinion I'd rather have a direct link to Friends from the main menu... if I want reviews I can always go looking for them but I really don't have that much of an interest in strangers lists or what other people in my area are watching.

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  5. i have my theories, but i'd like to know the correct answer...

    when I add a friend to my friends list, they tell me Oh! we're 84% similar!
    but on mine, they only show as being about 60 some percent similar.

    are our percentages measuring not only our direct commonalities but also in comparison to the other folks i have in my friends list?

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  6. I like the most similar feature, but I'd rather have a longer list.

    I'd also like to change or delete the "local favorites" feature. The people who live near me must be idiots. :)

    Any chance some of these features could be mix-and-match like a My Way or My Yahoo page?

    At any rate, thanks for everything Netflix does.

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  7. I agree with Shaun about the way reviews are presented to you once you click on a member in the block. I also would like to hear an answer to nuuuu's question as I am the same in that regard. Finally I think that there should be a way to lump those people i find to be really similar to me in a group that i can go back to easily, and be able to see what they've recently reviewed. Keep up the good work, I like what you've done thus far!

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  8. michael, from netflixAugust 1, 2007 at 11:26 AM

    Nuuu (and the rest of you): Sim% does not look at reviews -- rating movies is the core of sim% (and if you don't rate many, rental history and queue are included as required). And once you've rated as many as y'all have, there are diminishing returns (that is: if you've rated plenty, rating more won't change things too noticably).
    Your other suggestions are good, and very much in line with the way we think of things too.

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  9. rikkisixx: See old post entitled "A Guide to Similarity %" where this is described in full.

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  10. Hey Michael,

    In regards to what other people are saying, I like what "Anonymous" said:

    "I'd also like to change or delete the "local favorites" feature. The people who live near me must be idiots. :)

    Any chance some of these features could be mix-and-match like a My Yahoo page?"

    I agree with both of his suggestions. I hate my town ;) and don't want to know what people from it are watching. I'd rather have more space for people who are similar to me. And I also believe that the Community pages should be like the new iGoogle Homepage. Everything drag-n-drop like the queue. That way we could delete features we find unnecessary, and move around stuff to fit our needs.

    Does anyone else agree with that?

    Please keep the similarity area, and the "Newest reviews". Those are definitely awesome.

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  11. Is anyone else feeling something of
    a need to spruce-up all their reviews so as not to horribly disappoint our new Sim% pals!? I jest (I think), but for anyone who's uncomfortable with this rather more focused judging of our worth than in the regular review context, does the 'privacy' option take one out of the pool of potential match-ups?

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  12. I was excited to find movies I might like based on the ratings of similar members. I've come across two problems after I get to the similar member's profile, though:
    * I can't filter out the movies that I have already rated like I can when viewing my friends' activity.
    * Once a "top 10" list has grown past a certain number of movies, only the titles of the movies are shown. I'd like to see more info on the movie without having to click or hover over each of the links. At the minimum, it would be useful to see the box art, synopsis, and my predicted rating.

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  13. One more thing:

    I am noticing as the "Newest Reviews" scroll by, a LOT of people are using their reviews to say: "My disc wouldn't even play, movie scratched, blah blah." Now on one hand, your review is NOT a place to write that, but on the other hand, WHY is that happening at Netflix? It seems to be happening a lot, because I'm watching the reviews roll in as we speak. It is a disturbing trend, and it better not ever happen to me.

    Also, is using a URL IN your review to promote your own website legal on Netflix? I saw this one guy who starts every review off with "netflixreviewer.com rates this movie a 1.5... blah blah." Someone needs to start moderating reviews on Netflix. Or at least add a spell-checker to the box where you type reviews. It is bad.

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  14. This seems a bit odd to me...

    I took a look at some 5-star lists of a person with 82% Sim (the highest I have seen) and another with 13% Sim to see how my ratings compared.

    82% 5-star list vs. my ratings:
    Movies Rated: 224
    Movies they rated 5 stars: 42
    I rated 5-star: 4
    I rated 3-star or less: 8
    I rated "Not Interested": 3
    Movies I havn't seen: 19 (0 in my queue)

    13% 5-star list vs. my ratings:
    Movies Rated: 168
    Movies they rated 5 stars: 41
    I rated 5-star: 14
    I rated 3-star or less: 9
    I rated "Not Interested": 0
    Movies I havn't seen: 4 (1 in my queue)

    That was almost the complete opposite of what I had expected to find. Maybe I am a perfect match with the 82% persons movies they rated less than 5 stars, but still looks odd. I have looked at several other high % people and seen similar things.

    Though I have found one person (79%) that does seem to match up pretty good. I'll be adding a few movies off their 5-star list.

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  15. michael, from netflixAugust 1, 2007 at 12:53 PM

    REMEMBER: it is not a pure numbers game -- all movies are not equal. Rating a popular movie the same is less impactful than rating a rare or polarizing movie the same.

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  16. I am noticing as the "Newest Reviews" scroll by, a LOT of people are using their reviews to say: "My disc wouldn't even play, movie scratched, blah blah." Now on one hand, your review is NOT a place to write that, but on the other hand

    Yeah, and a lot review the wrong movies or different versions of the movie. Would be nice if Netflix added an option for those in their "Flag this review" feature.

    WHY is that happening at Netflix? It seems to be happening a lot, because I'm watching the reviews roll in as we speak. It is a disturbing trend, and it better not ever happen to me.

    Most bad DVD reports are actually because of bad DVD players. I have 8 DVD players. 2 of them will only play about 80% of the movies all the way through. I put the DVD in another player and it plays without a hitch. My better DVD players have no problems with about 98% of the movies. Aside from broken or cracked DVDs (very rare), I almost never get a DVD that won't play in any of my players.

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  17. REMEMBER: it is not a pure numbers game -- all movies are not equal. Rating a popular movie the same is less impactful than rating a rare or polarizing movie the same.

    I thought about that, and forgot to mention that the 4 5-star movies we had in common all had 4+ average customer ratings and certainly aren't rare (Blade Runner, Alien, The Shinning, Toy Story).

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  18. I like the similar toU feature. Sometimes I'm able to find an interesting movie to put on my Q. but when I read people's pages, there's not much info about who that person is. I know privacy is a concern, but how bout an option to provide more info about membersother than movie ratings(ex. whats on their Q, recently watched, etc.)

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  19. 8 DVD players?????

    Heh, not quite as odd as it sounds.

    3 in computers.
    3 hooked up to 3 tvs.
    1 old cheap one (that actually plays just about all dvds)
    Playstation 3 that plays dvd and blu-ray
    Also have a Playstation 2 that I've never played a movie in, so 9 actually.

    2 of the computer dvd players are the most finicky, though I have had them play movies that the better players wouldn't, go figure.

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  20. I keep hoping that the percentage of similarity will lead me to a kindred spirit. It would be comforting to know that some anonymous person out there shares my goofy taste in movies. Alas, all supposed matches thus far have been WAY off. Very few of my favorite movies make the lists of supposedly similar people and their lists are often dominated by genres that do not interest me.

    I have no adivce on how to improve your algorithm. I can only report that it is not working for me.

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  21. Has anyone yet seen any of their own reviews scroll by?

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  22. I used to do High Performance Computing for a living... excuse me while I geek out with not enough information to be useful.
    6.3 million subscribers works out to 39.69M compares, but since each is bidirectional, you only have to do 19.845.
    Assuming there are 1,000 calculations in a compare, thats 19845M calculations, and (adjusting for database lag) you could do 700 a second on a spare-parts class machine, or one full revolution in 328 days. You'd need 46 spare-parts class machines to crunch everyone once a week.
    Which sounds like a lot, but its not that bad. It'd cost about $20/day to run (accounting for air conditioning), about $900 initial investment assuming you have the machines, and I'd imagine probably about two FTE weeks to get rolling.

    You could cut down the number of compares pretty drastically if you first look at each persons rental history and preassign them into groups: scifi, romance, foreign, etc... then only run compares between members of each group.

    Anyway, just some thoughts. I could be off on my assumed numbers...

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  23. How about changing to a 10 star system for more accuracy? It's pretty rare to see a 1 or 5 star movie, so everything ends in the 2-4 range. I'm fascinated to find if there's someone close to 100% similiar to me out there!

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  24. The Community Page contains some interesting and potentially helpful items. I have found some films to add to my queue from people with similar ratings.

    It would be good if we could replace "local favorites" with another zip code. I live in rural Pennsylvania, but the top movie choices in New York City and southern California are more useful to me for getting ideas of films to watch.

    Keep up the good work here. This will be useful to members and will also increase the "stickiness" of Netflix and, I hope, help retain and grow subscribers.

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  25. My only puzzlement, having read many hundreds of feedback blogs over the last few weeks, is that I don't ever remember reading one single post that requested any one these 4 particular items. Which may account for the relatively lukewarm reception. Maybe if the many Watch Now issues, queue issues, review issues, Firefox + Linux issues, and half-star issues that I keep reading about had been addressed first you might be receiving the accolades that you rightly deserve for your great efforts and obvious concern to improve the 'Netflix Experience'? We love ya, but wonder if you're REALLY hearing us.

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  26. michael, from netflixAugust 1, 2007 at 11:01 PM

    (provoked to respond!)
    I'm sorry if you feel that by not seeing your suggestions immediately implemented that no one is listening. Remember that I am not building the whole website: i'm responsible for features directly related to creating and exploring community at netflix. I've been working on it for a long time, longer than i've had this blog, and a lot of stuff takes a long time to build. I think most of you know I have lots of sources of input - the blog is one, but not the only one. It's a fun one, and a direct one between you and me, but it's not alone. I like your suggestions but I would be misleading you if you believed that everything suggested here is simply prioritized and executed. You'll see stuff executed as it fits into the big picture.

    As for non-community features-- 1/2 stars or Mac-based Instant Watching or Queue things -- those are being built by other people who read your comments but aren't necessarily keeping you quite as posted as i happen to be. (I think they're watching to see how distracted i am from working by tending to everyone's interests! or perhaps, how little sleep I get while posting).

    I thought everyone would be interested in contributing and discussion (and a little inside information about how we work here). Is that still the case?

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  27. I LOVE the similarity block, and actually i love the whole community page. Great idea, great concept, great execution. Keep the 'community' features coming.


    ps, I am one of the users who WANTS to be able to be contacted by strangers. Love the idea.

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  28. Hey 'anonymous' from 4 posts above this one...you CAN replace local favorites with another zip code. Peek around...it's real easy to do.

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  29. Micheal...I feel your pain. But hey dude, it's the internet...you didn't expect all these people to be sane and rational, did you?

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  30. This "similar to you" feature might just give some insight into why the ordinary recommendation function is so bad. (I don't remotely agree with your system's judgement of who is similar to me, and I've rated more movies than all of my friends who use netflix, so I don't think its from lack of data on my part.) It seems your system really has no grip on my tastes at all. If I've ever seen a movie in my "suggestions" list that I actually was interested in I can't recall it. To state something that should really be obvious, if a well known movie (think any james bond movie) has been out for 20 years and I haven't watched it yet, odds are pretty high I'm not interested.

    What's more, just because I thought a movie was great when I was 10 doesn't mean I'm interested in seeing something similar today.

    I know it's possible to make a better recommendation system, because amazon has one, though it has it's weaknesses as well. In amazon's case I believe the similarity calculations are at the heart of the suggestions engine.

    Here it seems to me that the rating system is at the heart of the problem. I am convinced there has to be a choice for "apathy" I didn't like it I didn't dislike it. I have no strong feelings one way or the other. I tend to use 3 stars for indifference. But other people I know use 2. To me 2 stars is I want my time returned to me, and quite possibly didn't finish the movie. People find their own ways to work around the overly limited options, and the result is that your actually basing similarity on completely different rating systems. For example how do you rate a movie that you know is very good, but just doesn't interest you? I can't rate enjoyability and quality separately so which way do I lean? Which way does the next guy? The result is incompatible rating systems.

    What it boils down to, is that I really think some improvement to the rating system should take priority over all this community stuff, whether it's 10 stars, 5 with 1/2s or whatever. (And clearly marking something as no-opinion or "i don't care" the way you mark the stars now dislike, like, etc. is important too.) Until the rating system is fixed recommendations and similar users aren't likely to work very well.

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  31. Insane and IrrationalAugust 2, 2007 at 12:37 AM

    Michael, I tried hard to express my great respect and appreciation of what you personally are doing, but since you're the only Netflix representative available to us when we're asked for feedback (at great cost to your REM cycle and family, I've no doubt) I'm not sure where else we can express our concerns. I just didn't see what gap this community feature was filling, when there are other rather more obvious ones. But maybe if Steve, Todd, et al were to step up to the plate a little more often and let us know what was going on with their projects, even if completion is 6 months away, that might help. I'm no more fond of the many bratty posts than you guys must be, and am sad to have come across as one of them.

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  32. Absolutely effin ridiculous that you will let us mark DVDs as "private", meaning other people can't see that I rented it, yet MY CITY AND STATE ARE CLEARLY VISIBLE to anyone on my "Friends" (which in no way means the people on this list should know that much about me), as well as my full name. Pretty backwards, Netflix.

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  33. If your full name is showing, then change your nickname. You set that, not netflix. Click on the Community tab on the top, then click on the Profile tab on the right, then you can change it.

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  34. There are times when your real name and your nickname are both visible, but I'm assuming that only happens on your own PC/Mac, yes?

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  35. Only your nickname is visible to other people (not friends). You can cut off the URL to see how others see you.

    http://blog.netflix.com/2007/06/seeing-yourself-how-others-see-you.html

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  36. Thanx much. Makes sense, since our 'Friends' presumably already know our name!

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  37. I have clicked on at least 3 of the similar 4 and for the life of me I don't know why we're similar. One guy seemed to give 5 stars to each movie I gave 1 star. The differences are pretty wide. I had hoped to find interesting movies, but I'm not sure I can trust the ratings. I do love finding new and interesting movies, but I think I will stick with my friends for now.

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  38. I like the "similar" features but:
    1) I agree with others that the way you calculate the similar % is off.
    2) While reading reviews, I see people with higher similar ratings than the 4 people in my "similar to you list"
    I also agree that knowing what people in my zipcode are watching is meaningless to me.

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  39. With the site becoming ever more dynamic and responsive, especially the brilliant and pretty much instantly self-updating review program, the once a day (midnight?) update of 'helpful/unhelpful' votes seems a bit 'last week's technology'. Are there any plans to have them be more current, especially with so many more potential eyeballs on the reviews now? Congrats on and thanks for keeping it interesting.

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  40. RE: Members who are similar.

    Im only interested in members who write reviews.

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  41. anonymous 3 posts ago: Michael had said in an earlier comment that the people in the "Similar to you" box are not necessarily the 4 highest sim% of all people, and that it changes. So it's definitely feasible that a review would scroll by from a user with a higher sim% than someone in the similarity box.

    I think this makes sense, because I don't want to see the same 4 people there every day; otherwise, I think the feature would get boring real quick.

    (side note: what's with all the anons? it makes it hard to reply to you guys...)

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  42. Similar to me is great.... but are there just not that many ppl out there w/ similarities to me? seems like i only get 1 person typically in that box.

    Secondly is there a way to direct some of those top 10 lists? Seems like i keep getting only horror ones and would like to seem some action film lists.

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  43. I really thing that "Similarity Percentages" are based highly upon the two users having seen the same movies at some point. It doesn't matter whether both users liked it or one hated it...

    I say this because I've clicked on some 80 Percentile Similar members and where it says "5-Star rated movies by this user", they had rated a ton of the same movies I have rated, yet probably only half or 1/3 of them I would have also rated highly.

    I wish Michael would post a new topic, I thing we've all gotten our Anonymous ;) points across by this point. There is nothing left to say.

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  44. what's with all the anons? it makes it hard to reply to you guys...)

    We're shy. And then there's the fear of public humiliation at the hands of pro bloggers such as yourself - yes, we've all seen the word-riddled corpses of bird-brains like me lying by the side of the page! But I think we're all agreed that the sim% are at best a general indication of movie compatibility, but nonetheless a very helpful one. I'd maybe just get the algorithm to reduce all the #'s by 10% to better reflect reality.

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  45. I didn't mean to suggest that anonymous is bad... then again, you could always just pick a random name like "frankenstein" so that we have something to call you. :)

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  46. @ Shaun : No offense taken whatsoever; just trying to inject a little humor into the proceedings. And don't think we haven't noticed that you're quick to come to the aid of those less well versed in these matters than you clearly are. Thank you for that.

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  47. OK, completely off topic but in response to "I didn't mean to suggest that anonymous is bad... then again, you could always just pick a random name"

    The sad part is, he actually registered a Blogger username of "anonymous" just to be funny. Har har.

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  48. I think the sims are O.K., I like to look at other custom lists. It would be cool to leave reviews about someone's lists. I think knowing someone's top 10 tells me more than a list of 5 stars.

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  49. This is becoming awfully tedious, but yes you're right : I can only dream of having been able to come up with a name with the gravitas of 'mcwhammer'. Lighten up!

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  50. Just wanted to let you know that I am enjoying the new community page. I am also a user that wouldn't mind getting in contact with strangers or strangers getting in contact with me. I would also love to search for friends that have netflix accounts that I was unaware of and add them as friends. Basically I would like to see similar MySpace contact and search features built into the Netflix community page. That would be very helpful. In the meantime, you're off to a good start!

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  51. It would be great if the "similar to you" changed every time the page is refreshed.

    That, or implement the 'similar to you' search you mentioned in the post.

    Great to see this moving forward!

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  52. I'd love to be able to search for people with very high similarity. My sister and myself were talking about this the other day (oddly, right before the community page hit - definitely a start!) and we both wanted to be able to search and add friends with high similarity... it would be a nice way to find new movies (as good as netflix's recommendations can be, it's nice to get them from other humans as well). The community features need to be expanded -- there is so much Netflix can offer in the community space that is just completely lacking elsewhere (like a Facebook app!).

    Add half stars, a facebook app for Facebook and a way to search for similar people on Netflix and I'll be quite happy.

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  53. Michael, I think the bug with the similarity box may still be there. Mine is working sometimes now, but I'm still not sure that it's always right. When I looked at it yesterday it only had two people in it, and whet I checked it this morning it didn't have any. Then when I went back later this afternoon it was full again. Does the similarity algorithm only run against a small subset of users (small enough that sometimes nobody is returned)? Or has the bug that was there only partially been fixed?

    On a side note, I found someone who was 83% similar today, and I grabbed 5 or 6 movies off their 5-star list to add to my queue (movies that I very likely wouldn't have found otherwise). That alone makes the new features worthwhile to me.

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  54. Hey everybody. I've been posting for quite some time as an anon, thought I'd finally come out into the light, after some of you made me feel like a lurker with the anon comments! :)

    A few random things, plus some responses to what has been brought up here:

    I got someone with an 88 sim% today. I thought that was notable.

    Anyone wanting to hold on to sim% friends--while you won't be able to contact them in any way--just Favorite or Bookmark their ratings page. Seems simple and I'm sure I'm not the first to think of it, but there you go.

    I've tried putting my "Invite a Friend" URL into a Review. It won't let you. :)

    Amazon has a better reccomendation system because the numbers are only happening One-Way. They aren't comparing what you buy or view against all these other Amazon users. Sure, sometimes my high sim% people don't make much sense, but there's alot of complex, multi-angle math going on there. Besides, I already know what I want to watch, and I bet you do, too.

    We need a flag on reviews for people complaining about scratched discs, etc etc. These reviews have no place on that movies At-a-Glance page. And guess what people. these are DVDs, they are gonna get scratched, there's no way around it, and I don't think Netflix has time to watch every movie we return to make sure they're still playable. That's just a hazard of renting DVDs, either through the mail or in-store.

    I rather enjoy seeing what people in my home town are watching. Please don't get rid of this feature. And people, please, for the hundreth time: you CAN change the zip code and view other cities!

    I think that's all I have for now...

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  55. Excellent! or, as Bob Altman used to say after a particularly good take : "That was adequate". And since we're already far off topic, I totally agree that Netflix can't be expected to power-wash every DVD. The problem is that when they first came out they were billed as indestructible, but they obviously need to be treated almost as gently as vinyl records, if anyone remembers those - i.e. only held by the edges and returned to their sleeve right after playing . And for cracked ones we should be using 'report shipping problems', NOT a movie review.

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  56. I'm not sure if this is the right place to suggest this but I would love it if you offered a section on netflix that was like a personal profile. That way people reading your reviews could also get a little bit of your personality and you could also use that information to help suggest movies.

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  57. I could post this on a more appropriate entry, but I'm not going to. :)

    There are still bugs with Top Ten Lists. For instance, I can't add "American Beauty". It makes me add some movie called "The American Beauty". No matter what I try, I don't get an option for the movie without "The" in the title.

    Also, adding television series seems difficult. It will let me add Season 6 or 7 of "That '70s Show", but no matter what I try I can't seem to get any of the other seasons.

    What about films with the same name? I know this has been brought up before, but it's still a problem...I want to add both versions of "The Wicker Man" to a list (yes, I liked the remake!) but I only get one option. How about multiple listings, with the production year after the title (eg, "The Wicker Man (2006)")?

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  58. does eney one a b movie 80s
    suspence drama crime-con
    2 cupels meet at a swing party
    both cupples leve were not into it
    become frinds end up staying with them for what ever reson
    cupel #1 starts becoming suspicous
    good ending
    pleas help me find it
    Joseph

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  59. does eney one a b movie 80s
    suspence drama crime-con
    2 cupels meet at a swing party
    both cupples leve were not into it
    become frinds end up staying with them for what ever reson
    cupel #1 starts becoming suspicous
    good ending
    pleas help me find it
    Joseph

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  60. Maybe get a good night's sleep and try again tomorrow, Joseph?

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  61. @Seth - As a workaround, you can go to the page for a movie and add it to a list from there. There is a link on the left side "+ Add to Top 10 List".

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  62. Baff...thanks, don't know why I hadn't thought of that!

    Joseph--despite your Cummings-ish plea for help, i think i understand. The first thing that popped into my mind was the Ice Storm?

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  63. No offense to the guy running this blog... but I wish that netflix would spend more energy adding "watch instantly" movies than wasting time on this community crap.

    It seems like every website is trying to jump on the "community" bandwagon, but I seriously don't care. Just give me the feature that you promised me months ago. The "watch instantly" feature is a big part of the reason why I didn't canceled netflix and switched to blockbuster, but now it's looking like it's never going to be worth it.

    And yeah, sorry if you don't want to get these types of comments here. Welcome to the internet.

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  64. really not interested in community features except for my friends, thanx!

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  65. i guess i should add that i do like this blog though

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  66. Please make these strangers go away.

    The old friends section is great. To overload us with lists not in my interest and people with less than 50 percent similarity isn't that cool.

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  67. PLEASE oh please give me a list of users that have a high % with me so I can cruise for new movies!!

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  68. Definatly an very complex but interesting idea

    do as much as you can , and give it your all as I feel the concept is pioneering, not to mention your job.

    I love it, would like to see it improved

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  69. Please, please, please get the "recent reviews" ticker to slow down. It's just to fast, and quite frankly, I click off the main community page as quickly as possible to avoid the eye-annoying scrolling. I'm thinking that us clicking off the page as quickly as possible isn't what you want to happen?

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  70. I ignore the similarity feature, because after checking out the people who are purported to be similar to me, I find that they are not. AT ALL.

    The only thing is they have rated more movies than I, so perhaps they overlap a little, but checking out what is in my 5 star list and theirs, I really see NO similarity. Not even a bit. They love the movies I hate. I love the movies they hate. And we have a very small amount in common. Movies almost everyone loves.

    I just think, how is this being determined? It's completely inaccurate.

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  71. I'd also like to be able to see if I hate the same movies as other people, but it doesn't allow you to do that.

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  72. A great addition! I love being able to find others with similar taste. I've already added a number of movies to my queue that I had overlooked or forgotten.

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  73. I like the "members similar" section. cool!

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