Flixster is an online community of movie information, reviews, content and more. Users can register for a profile on the platform, join their friends, rate movies, actors and write their own reviews on films.Users can also get the latest information on films, movie times, check out trailers and read the reviews posted by others. This can be an invaluable resource for movie-goers and fans. Flixter's users can interact with each other by commenting on the reviews or reading each other's profile or film lists. The site also houses celebrity photos and trailers. Flixster also offers its services via mobile platforms so users can check it out on their iPhone, Android, BlackBerry or other handsets. Finally users can showcase their movie collection and even watch digital copies of their movies from anywhere via the Flixster application.
Flixster was founded in January 2006 by Joe Greenstein and Saran Chari. The site has received a total of $7 million in funding from various sources including Lightspeed venture partners. The company is based in San Francisco, California. In 2011, Flixster was acquired by Warner Bros.
Flixster is one part Facebook and one part Rotten Tomatoes. It also brings in some of the elements of Fandango- such as movie times and trailers- to bring together a comprehensive and informative movie community.
The site is easy to use and has a clean design. The one really annoying thing is that it keeps on trying to get users to invite their friends by putting in their email account's password. However, aside from this feature, the site is very informative and engaging. There were no bugs or other issues encountered during this review.
Registering for an account with Flixster is very easy and you don’t even have to if you have a my space account that you want to link to your account. You only need to enter your password once which is strange and the second box under the password is the security question test, so don’t type your password in there! If you enter something wrong on the form then for some reason the gender will be wiped so you have to click it again this is a little frustrating. There is then an option of inviting your contacts from your email or instant messenger accounts; you just have to enter your password. If you want to skip this then click the small “skip this” link at the bottom of the page. You will then have the option of customizing your profile which is what your friends will see. There will then be a small test where you have to rate movies, don’t worry there’s no right or wrong answers. They simply use this information to find out more about you.
Flixster is completely free to use, it’s supported by adverts but these don’t cause any problem.
Flixster could be interesting for anyone that loves movies and wants to talk about them with their friends. Of course this would be possible on another social networking site but this one is created specifically for films. Because it’s community driven the reviews actually should mean something and aren’t just written by people who are paid to write them.