Hello! Here’s a quick note about some new updates we have for you in the run up to the end of the year, with apologies to David Fincher.
Firstly, you might have noticed we’ve been beta testing tighter Facebook integration. To enable this optional, automated sharing you must first connect your Facebook account to Letterboxd in Settings. Once you’ve enabled this connection, you’ll see sharing options in two places: when making or editing diary entries, and when creating or updating a list. This is explicit sharing, which requires you to opt in to having your content published to your Facebook timeline. We remember your preference each time you create new content, so it’s easy to leave this setting on (or off) and we’ll do the rest.
You’ll note in Settings that we also offer you the ability to send ratings, likes and Watchlist activity to Facebook. This is implicit sharing and once you enable it, Letterboxd sends relevant activity to Facebook as you perform actions on our site. For example, if you rate a film while creating a diary entry, but choose not to publish the entry to Facebook explicitly, your rating is still sent if implicit sharing is on.
By default we push activity to a ‘Letterboxd’ collection accessible from your Facebook profile page, but you can also allow this activity to populate your main ‘Movies’ collection (‘Films’ in the UK) by selecting the ‘Add movies from Letterboxd and other apps’ option in your Movies collection on Facebook — you may need to click the collection’s title in your Facebook profile sidebar to see this option.
All of the aforementioned sharing options are OPT-IN — we don’t send anything to Facebook unless you authorize us to (and you can disable it whenever you like). We’re still testing this, and isolating issues with it can be a tricky business, but if you have feedback after using it, please let us know. (Also note: at this time we do not send historical data to Facebook, only new activity on your account.)
Year to date
From today, Pro and Patron members can see how their full year is shaping up, and start to think about their year-end lists. You’ll see we’ve amended the year in review option on your profile page to show all years in which you’ve made at least ten diary entries. These pages no longer require manual publication either, they’re updated automatically whenever you perform relevant actions on the site.
Reminder: a 1-year Pro or Patron membership is required to get your personalized year in review, and this is enabled for all years as long as your membership remains active.
When making diary entries and lists, the tag field now auto-completes from all previous tags you’ve used. On devices with a keyboard, you can press Tab to auto-complete the suggested match, or use the cursor keys to navigate to another suggestion. To create a new tag without auto-completing, press Return. And tags can now be removed by clicking them in the editing interface.
A better watchlist
We’ve made some additions to everyone’s Watchlists: genre and decade filtering is now supported, and around the site you can now hide films that are in your Watchlist, in addition to hiding unreleased and short films, or those you have (or haven’t) watched.
And by popular request, Pro and Patron members can now import to their watchlist using the same formats we support for import elsewhere in the site. Read more about our import format.
A few other items of note:
- The ‘I’ve seen this film before’ option when saving a diary entry is now smart, and will select itself if you have prior entries for the same film (yeah, finally).
- If you make a diary entry without a review, but have previously reviewed the same film, we include the text of your prior review and a link (or just a link if the review contains spoilers).
- Diary entries now appear in your profile’s RSS feed.
One more thing…
Oh, we nearly forgot. We’ve always sorted films by a popularity metric derived from the amount of activity for each film. In effect, a measure of quantity, not quality. From today, we’ve added the ability to sort relevant sections by highest or lowest rating! For example…
We’re now starting to think about our 2013 year-end wrap up, and beyond. If there’s something you’d like to see, please drop us a line.