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7 Reasons You Should Use Letterboxd as Your Movie Social Network

25 April 2012 | Other Lists | by David Zou

letterboxd logo

Before I write anything about Letterboxd.com,I should claim that they did not pay me to do this, I volunteer as a big fan of the site.I have been waiting for shouting out loud for them since the first time I used it,but since they have been in beta stage in the past few months,it was against their policy to publish any screenshots of the site in public.I’m glad they finally open to the public yesterday,so here comes my chance to introduce this awesome site to all of my readers on this blog.

So what is this site I’m so excited to review?Letterboxd is a site named after letterbox for their love of the widescreen format. It is mainly for film buffs to record films and express ideas about films they watched.OK,you know what the site is about,so what exact features make it better than other existing platforms like IMDB,Get Glue,or I Check Movies etc.?Here are my 7 reasons.

1.It is damn coooool.

I’m talking about the design of the site,design is the first thing you notice when you open the website.The first time I logged in,it definitely grabbed my eyeballs and made me want to stay as long as possible.The dark color scheme works perfect for me,the navigation bar is crystal clear for me to do anything I want.If you have used other platforms,try to compare their designs with this one,it will blow you away.Here are some screencaps of the beautiful interface,I will let the pictures speak for itself.

letterboxd homepage

letterboxd activity

 

2.It allows you to make lists easily.

YES,you can make lists as easily as it gets on Letterboxd.If you are a list-making-maniac just like me,this is the ideal place for you.It is really simple for you to make a list,just write the list title,then add films one by one from the database,if you want more exposure,you can add descriptions and tags to it.

letterboxd list

 

3.You can always discover great things on it.

Don’t have the habit of making lists?How about reading some interesting ones? On Letterboxd,there are tons of brilliant lists,like Ensemble Assemble,a list of films with amazing casts,or They Don’t Make Em Like Cary Grant Anymore,a list of Cary Grant’s top 25 films.If you feel like finding some nice films for your weekend viewing,there is no better place like here.You can easily get access to the latest list made by your friends or the hottest list on the entire platform,then track down every film you are interested without leaving the site.Also,if you are lucky,you can find some real good blogs on people’s profile pages.

4.It is a dream place to promote your blog if you have one.

If you have a blog,you will find anywhere possible on Internet to promote it,well,you can’t find any place better than here,where all users are nothing but film lovers like you.You can place your blog address on the right side of your avatar and also in your bio.You can insert one of your post url in your latest accomplished review or list.Once you get popular on the platform,you have the second chance to give your own blog more exposure.

5.It is easy to get social.

Besides recording films,another major function of this site is meeting more friends who share the same cinema taste with you.You can always find such people by digging in the reviews of your favorite films or reading lists which include your favorite films.Once you reach someone’s profile page,you have enough necessary evidence to make a second judgement if this guy is gonna become your future friend,just by looking at his/her favorite films and recently viewed films and some reviews on profile page,you get a general idea of his/her taste.Also,you can connect your old friends on Facebook,Twitter and Netflix by a simple click and you are united again.

letterboxd profile

 

6.They care about users.

As far as I know,the stuff behind the scenes really care their users,that is one thing I really concern as a user of a site.They are not like some new site which rush in quickly and only care about money,they take time to develop everything,the beta stage lasts almost half a year,it gave them an opportunity to refine their service, and to add new features.They are taking feedback very positively both on the site itself and on twitter.I remember once I made a suggest to them on twitter,the reply came back very quickly.I hope they remain consistent as the site grows.

7.The data looks promising.

As a movie social network,film database and active user are two elements that mostly matter.Here are some data they provide in their latest news:” we’ve attracted more than 17,000 beta testers, who have collectively written some 80,000 reviews, compiled close to 10,000 lists and added over 2 million films to their online diaries.The top third of users spends over ten minutes every time they visit, and this is reflected in the number of pages we’ve served to account holders: over a million per month in March and April.” It looks like this is not something that would turn to be a ghost town like Google plus.

Finally,I strongly recommend this site to all film lovers who watch films on a regular basis and like to interact with people.Don’t forget to follow me after your registration,I will meet you there.

 

 

 


   

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  • I love using Letterboxd. It helps me keep track of everything I’ve seen in the month plus helps me make lists.

    • Yeah,what a amazing site,I think there are tons of potential for them if they do more work improving the social function.

  • I think the site is great. I can’t wait until it gets out of the beta version and will be open to everyone.

    • Yeah,it is open now,and you can find all your pals on Twitter and Facebook there!! I think it just needs more people there!!

  • A small problem on letterboxd are the occasional duplicate entries of the same film(so you don’t know which one to add to your list.)
    This article is a good ad for the site, I’m a fan too ( : Adam Cook indeed has some terrific lists on there, and I’ll be sure to also look up your lists on letterboxd.

    • Yeah,that’s a problem I also noticed,I always go with the first one.
      Adam Cook is the celebrity there,I was wondering if he is one of the staffs of Letterboxd.

  • Although I have an account there I really don’t use Letterboxd often. Main reason is that although you can make lists and import all the voting you’ve done already on IMDB I keep running into an error (probably because it has to import over 1300 movies). I’m not feeling like manually doing that.

    • I can understand the problems you encountered,Nostra.One of the biggest reasons for people not use letterboxd is they already use something else,like IMDB and Getglue,and the importation ain’t good enough.For a guy who have never recorded films on any platforms,it’s a good one.

      • If that worked correctly I might use it more, but recently tried again and although it did recognise all the movies it went into a timeout while creating the list. So still not good enough…even mailed about it with them before…

        • Recently they made the site available on mobile phones,but they should solve the problems you mentioned first I think.

  • Another social site you can utilize to keep track of movies, connect with movie fans, write reviews and rate movies is Filmbuffet.com.