Make picking movies between buds easier by letting users share their watchlists

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I was wondering, couldn't you make it possible for the users to share their watchlists with their friends or everybody for that matter? I know I'd use it when trying to pick a film to watch with my friends...

I mean, if we could link our watchlists and find out what films we have there in common, that would be cool.
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The Watchlist is like any other list - if you edit it, you can change the privacy settings and it would be available as:

http://www.imdb.com/user/urXXXXXXX/wa...
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I'm getting a 404 on the url.

Is it possible already? How come I had to get here to figure it out? Is it hidden or am I just blind?
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Sorry that was just an example - you put in your own user ID where it says urXXXXXXX. I'd give you an example of someone's public watchlist but couldn't track one down.
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and I clicked on it like an idiot! lol

Anyway, do you see the point? The users don't use the feature because it's complicated. If IMDb were to make it a special feature and put a "Link with a friend's watchlist" button, it would be appreciated.

As much as a "Watched" button for the movies you've watched but want to check for later as well, if I might add. The existant check-in list is way too hidden.
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Thing is, it isn't complicated. Make your Watchlist public and it appears on your profile where people can find it.

Easy.

I also found an example, Our Glorious Leader Himself (from whom all cinematic wisdom flows):
http://www.imdb.com/user/ur1000000/
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I see. I will make it public.

But I think you're missing the point. Those features should be advertised more and simplified as well. So that users and/or just visitors of the site can see that they have the option of linking their watchlists with their friends and check the filims they've watched.

I'm willing to bet most users don't use these features. I mean, I could be wrong but I think some advertisement and simplification of these features will be appreciated by the users' society and fruitious to the IMDb, getting new users and all.

Anyway, I'm not really sure you personally can change that yourself but I thought I'd write it anyway in hope someone working for the IMDb would see it and consider it.
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Re: "I thought I'd write it anyway in hope someone working for the IMDb would see it and consider it."

Perfect. That's why IMDb uses this site and it's "share an idea" option! Sounds like a good idea to improve that feature and how it's presented.
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The best change to make it work, would be to stop it showing on your main profile and include a message saying "your Watchlist is private, Make your Watchlist public" which is what they do with the Ratings. You obviously improve the user experience by making everything work consistently (so this would also apply to your checkins). You'd still have a link to your Watchlist in the link box to the top right.
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Good point, Emperor!
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We'll see what comes of this suggestion - it might get marked as "Implemented" which it kind of is, but the profile needs improving along the lines I give. If that does happen I'll suggest this more specific suggestion and point back here.
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No I can't do anything - I'm only an ordinary user myself.

However, I doubt they'll "advertise" this more as they'd argue it is already there and the introduction of the site-wide profile page bring it to the front of people's attention, as your Watchlist is right there and you can make it visible (just like you make your ratings and checkins visible). If you go to your Watchlist it tells you at the top if it is public and private and even gives you the link to change it. Now they could have it in some kind of FAQ, but then that'd be tucked away somewhere on the site where less people are likely to see it, than right there on their own Watchlist.

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