Networked Film Communities

Finally getting over my initial caution about letting other people see my Netflix queue and ratings, so that I could test the waters with Netflix friends.  I have a section in my book on Netflix and figured I should at least experiment with the networking tools it offers, so if you want to be my “Netflix friend,” click the link.

I don’t know how much time I’ll have to play with the Netflix reviews and some of the other friends features, but I am interested in the ways in which Netflix has attempted to redefine the movie rental experience while also trying to preserve aspects of the neighborhood video store through such features as the Netflix neighbors list.


  1. filmsnob Said,

    July 24, 2007 @ 9:42 pm


    I’m glad you’ve overcome your initial caution (i never saw that post! did not know about matchflick!) about sharing your film tastes. Silly choices can always be explained away as guilty pleasures, anyway–no need to worry.
    Since you are working on the idea of the networked film community, have you ever thought of discussing how one develops from the community? I belong to the Boston International/Arthouse Movie Meetup group, and while it’s not solely an online community, you might find it interesting–Boston has one of the largest film meetup groups I believe (more than 600 members!). Our current organizer is trying to encourage folks to use the message boards more often and to continue meetup film discussions online.

  2. Chuck Said,

    July 24, 2007 @ 9:56 pm

    Thanks for the tip about the Boston Art House MeetUp group. It sounds like a really amazing group.

    Oddly, the recent rental I’m most embarrassed about is Mel Gibson’s Hamlet, which I rented so that a friend could show it in his literature class. But, yes, I can always chalk things up to guilty pleasures or claim that I’m doing research.

  3. Chris Said,

    July 25, 2007 @ 11:42 am

    I’ve been resistant, too, only because I have never felt a need to make what I rent on Netflix a community experience. But I clicked the link and became your Netflix friend (you’re my only one at the moment).

    And I got instantly self-conscious about what’s in my Queue, LOL!

  4. Chuck Said,

    July 25, 2007 @ 12:18 pm

    So far, I haven’t made any effort to dig too deeply into anyone’s queue, but I’m finding myself entertained by the “sliding” bar of recently watched/rated films and by the quizzes where you try to predict the tastes of your friends.

    I wonder where that self-consciousness comes from because I had it for a long time. In my case, it may be my awareness that having something in my queue appears to be a statement of taste (as if I am endorsing whatever is in my queue), which isn’t necessarily true.

  5. Chris Said,

    July 25, 2007 @ 4:05 pm

    Yeah, I don’t know why I’m self-conscious about it either. But, like you said, we can always play off stuff we’re embarrassed about as “research.” 🙂

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