Monday, August 13, 2007

The Cinematic Social Network, Flixster

TechCrunch likened it to weed, (kind that grows in your grass, lawn, never mind!) Growing very fast. According to Flixster itself, "Flixster is a community for movie fans of all shapes and sizes. Whether you are a die-hard horror fan or lover of romantic comedies (or both), Flixster is a place where you can find others who share your taste and through them discover new movies that you will love.
Only a year old, Flixster is already one of the largest movie sites on the web with over 15 million registered users and over 500 million movie ratings."
It is a very busy site with multiple avenues to find your path in to movies. I also noticed that Techcrunch comments led me to believe that Flixster was stealing your phone book address. But it was again cleared by one of the founders himself in this particular comment;

  1. Josh

    I got a few “flixster invitation” emails from friends, and so I published something on my blog Proud Geek about Flixster “stealing” addresses from users. The blog entry is at:

    A few minutes ago, I got a comment on that blog post from one of the Flixster founders. The comment is below. Wanted to hear your thoughts about this.
    hi proudgeek,

    just stumbled upon your site via technorati… I am one of the founders of flixster…

    FYI, we absoilutely encourage new users to invite friends to the site (its about sharing movie ratings - not very useful without friends) - but we don’t force anyone to do so and certainly never “steal” addresses from anyone’s contact book. (We offer the ability to select friends to invite from your yahoo/hotmail/etc address book - but again, its optional and you get to choose who to invite and we don’t store your password at all)

    Anyway - sorry to hear you had a bad experience. Feel free to ping me back by email if you have questions…


So if you are into movies and want to know what other know, think or sugest about movies, it is time to go get Flixstered.

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