Match (and compare) members with similar taste
Add a match button to every profile so you can check immediately if somebody has the same taste as you.
You can use the like and/or rating of a movie to produce a list of similar movies/similar profile or a similar %.
Yes, we’d like to do this, but it’s not a quick development job so we’ve not been able to prioritize it to date.
Dex Bracewell commented
If it was similar to the sadly departed "Neighbours" page on Last.fm profiles, that would be a treat.
Pretty good idea and I think using the "Rating" system instead of "like" is making it more functional and simplifies a little bit the development(I think :D). For example, when I visit a profile I can see how many movies (me and the profile I visit) we have rated with the same rating.
Additionally it is going to help also fresh members to find members to follow ;)
I think it's a good idea, because the best way to find reliable suggestions is to check the profile of users who share a similar taste in movies. It proved to be useful in other sites for me, and I think it would work great in this one as well.
Peter McFrehley commented
Even if it weren't a button, but an area of a member's profile that displays some films that both you and that person have rated identically (both good and bad) to give you a sense of how much you may match up with that particular member. Would that be just as hard to implement?
Letterboxd is a cool site that really seems to lack ways to connect with other members who may have similar tastes. I'm really hoping this can improve in 2016.
Look at a random selection of the films a user (User A) has rated, find another user (User B) with the same ratings for those films, and then provide both Users with a list of films the other has rated highly that they have not seen (added).
This could be an on request button for User A that gets him/her a recommendation and an unsolicited message to User B that they can use/ignore.
billy osmond commented
This is the main reason why I haven't paid yet. It's absolutely impossible to find anyone.
Also, the whole people section is downright pathetic, there is no way to search anyone under any parameters. It's basically the same popular people over and over again. Even the most basic function of being able to search for newcomers isn't there, us newbies get the shaft as far as feeling like we're part of the already established community. Please take my money, i'm sick of feeling like i'm late to the party. Cheers!
I'm surprised the Letterboxd team doesn't consider this to be its absolute highest priority. If a feature like this did exist, it would embody the primary selling proposition for Letterboxd, as a whole. It would amplify the value, and meaning, of almost every other Letterboxd feature.
In addition to the OKCupid reference mentioned by Jackson Hart on Dec. 2, 2014, let me cite LibraryThing. LibraryThing is an independent website, like Letterboxd, focusing on books rather than movies. LibraryThing offers a couple of different taste-matching algorithms. So why not hire, on a contract basis, some LibraryThing programmers and administrators to build a similar feature here for movies, that they did over there for books? Leverage their experience, on an existing website that's much like Letterboxd but doesn't compete for users; since it deals only with books, not movies.
Pedro Verdugo commented
It's been a while since this was asked, and based on votes it is very popular, thought it would at least be marked as planned by now.
Does this idea not deserve at least some sort of response from a team member?
I see this idea was shared in Dec 2011, has anything happened about it ?
Jackson Hart commented
This is super important - without it the social aspect of this site is completely null in my opinion. I'm not going to spend hours trawling through users in the hope of finding someone that appear to have a similar taste. I have only one friend currently - my girlfriend. If none of your Facebook contacts uses the site you're dead in the water.
You should be able to order users by similarity of taste much like the dating site okcupid's highly successful matching feature. Your algorithm should be much simpler than theirs at least for a start - just compare films that two users have both seen and check differences in star ratings. Further down the track when you have built up a set of metadata that records relationships between films (users that rate this film highly tend to rate this one highly etc) you can expand.
PS I appreciate the work you guys are doing have you considered a fundraiser? I would put in a few dollars for this feature.
agreed. the People page should be changed to "random" and "newly joined". this will help people find new people as well as help the newly joined members get some followers.
I'd love a new way to find and follow people. The only way it exists now (at least that I know of) is by the most "popular" members. And frankly I get sick of seeing the same top members every time (even if I choose Weekly). Adam, DirkH, HollyHorror, etc. Not that I don't find them interesting, but I'd like at least see some other people every now and then.
A easy, sufficient start on this might be to simply have users self-identify their favorite genre from a list (mandatory once upon sign-in), and create lists of users per genre based on # of reviews, etc. Right now I see many people following people at random and in bulk--what good does that do?
Something similar to Goodreads or Last.fm's compatibility meters or book comparers. Would be really great for finding people who have given similar films similar ratings - by genre, or setting or any other metadata you can dig up about the films.
Derrick Mims commented
Agreed. Another option would be Goodreads's "Compare Books" function. If I could go to a user's profile and compare my ratings with theirs, it would help me decide to follow. It could all be based on what we have rated, liked, and added to watch-list.
Danylo Zubaryev commented
Great idea! This is the first thing I felt was missing when I got a letterboxd account; something that shows a compatibility level or maybe something similar to the 'neighbours' section on lastfm.
Ataul Munim commented
yesss :D but with a modification, as two users who might have similar taste, but not seen the same movies would get 0% similar (Letterboxd has no basis for comparison).
modification: Only produce a score based on films which are in both users' watchlists, like +1 point (to the score) if they both saw the movie but neither clicked like, -1 point if one clicked like and the other didn't, and +2 if both clicked like.
It would mean that everyone has a similar notion of the like button - some people use it as a favourite, and others simply as a like (I'm guilty of both at random times).
Yes yes yes yes yes :)
I totally agree with this. Last.fm has something similar with the Neighbours list - matching you up to people who share your tastes.