Flixster is an American social movie site for discovering new movies, learning about movies, and meeting others with similar tastes in movies. The site allows users to view movie trailers as well as learn about the new and upcoming movies in the box office. The site is based in San Francisco, California and was founded by Joe Greenstein and Saran Chari in 2007. Flixster has been the parent of website Rotten Tomatoes since January 2010. Flixster, including Rotten Tomatoes, was acquired by Warner Bros. on May 4, 2011.
Between November 2006 and January 2007, the number of daily page views by Alexa Toolbar users rose from fewer than 20 million per day to around 50 million per day. Alexa no longer (June 2008) provides numbers of daily page views, but the number of page views as a percentage decreased by almost two thirds from mid-December 2007 to mid-June 2008.
Flixster’s growth has been described in the trade press as attributable to “its aggressive viral marketing practices”, including “the automated selection of your email account’s entire address book in order to send a Flixster invitation to all of your contacts.” Although Flixster claims this procedure is an industry standard used by other services, Flixster differs in that their system automatically selects all contacts in the user’s address book and requires the user to manually un-select each address individually to prevent email from being sent in the user’s name. Co-Founder Joe Greenstein has described the difference between Flixster and other sites as: “We make it easy to invite your friends. Other sites don’t provide good ways for people to spread the word.”
Social media platforms-
Flixster has developed applications for several social networking sites. These apps have many of the same features as the main Flixster site, such as ratings, reviews, and user-generated quizzes. Furthermore, all offered social media integation and mobile app is offered free-of-charge, allowing more users to download its application. The first of these applications was released in June 2007 on the Facebook platform. In March 2008, a MySpace app. followed, which had 3,923,506 users as of July 2008. This made it the second most popular application on the MySpace platform. In addition to the Facebook and MySpace apps, Flixster has also developed applications for Bebo and Orkut.
Mobile and desktop platforms-
In August 2008, Flixster released an iOS application, which allows users to access movie showtimes, reviews, and trailers. Furthermore, this iPhone and iPod app for Flixster is the number one movie application yet. Flixster has also released apps for Android mobile phones, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry phones.
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