- We don't want to pigeonhole you. Even if all you've watched for the last three months is a microgenre like "Mind-bending Cult Horror Movies from the 1980s" we want to offer some suggestions from outside your "comfort zone" - and if they're not interesting, you can get rid of them so they don't clutter up your list in future. Pigeonholing is characteristic of a lot of standard collaborative filtering or content filtering recommender systems (and typically when we talk with people about this they bring up their Amazon recommendations as an example) so we've taken a very different approach in developing our algorithms.
- A single list is best. If you know there are other lists elsewhere, you can get "fear of missing out" - what if there's something even better that's not included in the list you're looking at? While this principle obviously applies to combining the content from lots of services into one place (as we do on Tank Top Movies and Tank Top TV), it also applies to things like genre lists. We've often seen this when observing people using different movie services. Faced with a massive list, from which nothing good immediately leaps out, people feel compelled to narrow down their options. Someone who has picked, say, Romantic Comedies knows they might be missing out on films they'd like to watch from other categories. What if there is something better listed under Drama?
That said, users have often told us they'd like to be able to get different recommendations depending on what they're in the mood to watch. So we've recently introduced a new Mood control and we'd love to know what you think of it.
The difference compared with genre filtering is that you're getting exactly the same list of films, but they are ordered so that you're more likely to see something that matches the Mood filter towards the top of the list.
So let's say you've selected "Funny & feelgood". You might still see some gritty dramas in the list, but (if we've got it right) they'll need to be very good films to make it towards the top. The list should be predominantly heartwarming or funny movies, but occasionally something different might catch your eye.
We'll be keeping an eye on how the orderings perform and no doubt we'll be tweaking the algorithm based on your feedback - so let us know what you think!