Think about Rotten Tomatoes, the movie review aggregating engine that culls together the opinions of critics and fans, delivering percentage-based ratings for every film in release. Now think of Twitter, where so many movie-related conversations happen — people are always tweeting about their moviegoing experiences and recommending films to their friends. Now, imagine that there was a service that combined the two.
Like Rotten Tomatoes for Movie Reviews on Twitter
In that perfect world, you’d have Flixup!, a new mobile and web-based service from Bazaar Labs. The basic idea is that it is an application that takes the movie recommendations of folks on Twitter and aggregates them, delivering a RottenTomatoes-like percentage rating.
This week they released their first app on the iPhone, unleashing a service that will also include an upcoming web app. I’ve had a chance to play around with the Free app a bit, and so far I like what I see. The interface is simple, breaking movies into categories like Popular and Coming Soon, with the option to see what movies your Twitter friends are talking about, as well as a relatively quick search function.
Once you select a movie, it has options for playing a trailer, rating a movie (though you can only rate a movie that is already out, which doesn’t work so well for yours truly — I want to rate Avatar now!) and even a link for showtimes and the RT Tomatometer score. Overall, it reminds me of the Flixter iPhone app in its depth of information. This app just uses Twitter.
It’s All in the Details
What I find most interesting though, is the ‘Volume of Conversation’ rating for each film. This little low-to-high meter shows what films are being talked about most on Twitter. It also has cute little colored smiley faces that let you know what the overall sentiment is of folks talking about those films (red for negative, yellow for neutral, green for positive). This could be a handy little tool, should you put stock in the value of movie buzz on Twitter. I don’t, but someday I might. For me, this app is a handy little tool that might help me (the blogger) spot trends and track reactions. For you, it will help keep your friends opinions of movies in one easy to navigate place. I say go for it.
Bazaar Labs has provided us with a full list of features, found below. There is also a 37-second intro video (worth watching) at the bottom of the article.
- We show you your friends’ Twitter comments about the latest movies.
- You can see what everybody’s saying about upcoming movies on Twitter.
- Find the most interesting and funny tweets about movies!
Other fun features:
- Get all your movie information including synopsis, MPAA rating, actors, and much more!
- Watch trailers and share your opinion.
- Rate and add comments about a movie and share with your friends on Twitter.
- Discover and engage with other moviegoers
- Retweet your favorite movie conversation tweets.