I think "recommendation" will be a killer feature of the site, even if it doesn't approach the philosophy behind letterboxd (being a social site).
Moreover now that you are at the beta stage, meaning fewer users, less probability of "friends", the recommendation of a movie based on my most liked movies or the highest rating, it'll be a great way of discovering new movies.
I know that technically it will very challenging or maybe you have even think about it.
We’re considering options around this at present. Thanks for your input, which is invaluable.
Please add direct messaging to Letterboxd, as it's fun to talk about film with other members, and the only way to do it now is on comment sections of reviews or lists.
Add this feature
Savannah L.B. commented
I love the MyAnimeList recommendation feature. They aggregate the number of recommendations for each title, and push the ones with the most recommendations to the top. For ex: https://myanimelist.net/anime/153/Juuni_Kokuki/userrecs
Do you have a recommendation engine based on AI that you use to recommend films to users based on their likes?
Rather than just showing the most popular lists that have the movie in them on the movie landing page, show some more lists that might consist similar type of movies
Mathieu Donner commented
The first idea is simple, have the site provide each user with recommendations based on the ratings of the people they follow or are friends with and have those ranked based on the amount of ratings and the quality of the ratings. Find an algorithm which would weigh each rating and provide a suggestion list based on friends and network.
The second idea is to make it so that when a user search for a film and arrive on the film page, there would be a mention of what his friends or network thought of that film. Something like "XXX watched this film on (date) and gave it x amount of stars".
Tyler Cartner commented
The first thing I thought about doing, while rating films I've seen, was recommending a few of my favorites to another letterboxd user. It seems like the most intuitive thing that must exist in this software, but it doesn't.
I would like to see a function on a movies page where you could add films that you find is similar to it and display a short list of similar movies that other people have suggested, maybe ranked by how many votes it got. This would be a valueable help when trying to find movies you might like.
Quek Yufei commented
Much like what we can do on GoodReads, where users can choose in their profiles the preferred genres, and on the homepage the website suggests popular/new movies belonging to the genres they like.
This is possible as Letterboxd includes genre descriptions for many movies, and it can suggest to users movies based on how closely the movie matches the user's taste, and also based on the number of views and average ratings.
Hannah Schultejans commented
It would be interesting to expand this to TV Shows, especially because in some cases TV shows are art much in the same way film is. Just a thought.
I would also appreciate recommendations, like "users who recently watched Jiro Dreams of Sushi also watched Chef's Table" or something similar.
Keep up the great work! I love this website.
Jacob van Pelt commented
A showcase feature would be awesome!
If you added a showcase feature, similar to Steam, where all users can showcase their favourite reviews and favourite lists on the front page of their profile, it'd be awesome. The 'Popular Reviews' showcase is great but sometimes you want to feature the best review you've written on your profile rather than your most popular. for example my 'Drive' review has the most likes but its a very poorly written review from like a year ago and I'd much rather feature my longer write-ups that didn't get much attention when I first published them. This would be really cool for a Patron feature and would definitely convince me to get patron but if you made this available for everyone, it'd be even better
Andy Kemp commented
As a newer member i can see the value of being able to recommend films directly to other members, but the idea of recommendations based on algorithms sounds awful and always ends up with everybody being channelled in the same direction, whereas what is amazing about this site at the moment is its eclecticism. Being led to films that are supposedly 'similar' (whatever that means) by a computer will lead to members being more passive. I love the fact that at the moment, if you follow your nose you discover amazing and unlikely stuff simply by finding out what other members whose taste interests you like, but it's an active process.
Yes PLEASE since Jinni is no longer useable even after I poured so much time into my profile there has yet to be another to fill its place. None have came close. PLEASE this is how can network with people.
Mads Kristensen commented
Discover weekly for movies would be the coolest!
Andrey Kurenkov commented
Hey +1 to any updates? Recommender systems are a pretty well documented as far as algorithms are concerned...
If you liked a film, I'd love to see users recommend other films that they enjoyed that are similar to the one you want to see related things to.
Mariano Gutierrez Xavier commented
It would be great to have a 'Similar movies' or 'Also recommended for you' section in the movie detail page, with quick 'add to watchlist' button for faster recommendation and tracking
+3. This feature will give Letterboxd an incredible visibility.
This kind of feature is always interesting, but usually disappointing.
I would give the "Match users with similar taste" a higher priority, because it would be more useful in that regard, actually.
My solution would be something like:
Take 10% or more of the watched movies of a user and compare it to other users 10% or more and than you can select in the settings how high the minimum rating should be and how high the comparison percentage has to be.
I am not sure if it is possible that way but that would make letterboxd perfect for me :)