Local boot supports movie recommendations via WhatsApp
When it comes to entertainment, we’re spoiled for choice these days. Want to listen to music? You have access to a catalog that you cannot browse for many lifetimes.
Want to watch TV, you are just as spoiled. There are so many movies that you couldn’t watch them all even if you tried. The exploit is made even more ridiculously out of reach if you include YouTube videos.
That’s fine, you’ll never be bored if you have an internet connection. However, we humans weren’t really cut out to deal with so many options. It turns out that this multitude of options makes us miserable.
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The science is clear, when we choose between two things, we are often happy with our choices. Increase the options to 20 and we’ll feel like we couldn’t properly gauge which option was best. Thus, the likelihood of regretting decisions increases with each option added.
This explains why Netflix scrolling is a thing. It has been observed that many people spend more time scrolling, looking for something to watch on Netflix, than actually watching things.
Some end up thinking it’s because there’s nothing good to watch, which might be the case, but that’s mostly because of the overwhelming amount of options on offer.
We are not left to our own devices in this jungle of options. Many companies have worked on recommendation algorithms that help us discover what we would like. It’s easy to explain what these algorithms do, but it’s hard to build them.
Netflix, YouTube and all other online video platforms have one. Naturally, some are better than others at making recommendations. In the music world, the Spotify recommendation engine is so good, I can’t see myself switching platforms anytime soon.
Every time they create a playlist for me, I feel like there’s some otherworldly shenanigans going on. This is this place. I can’t say the same for Netflix. Probably because I watch less television, which gives the algorithms little work.
I live in the country of YouTube and this site made me understand. I live on the recommended videos tab and only occasionally have to visit some of my favorite creators’ pages.
This means that when I eventually want to watch a TV series or movie, I have to google what’s good. A Google search just isn’t as useful as a recommendation engine that takes into account what you already like to make its recommendations.
Recommendations via WhatsApp?
If you Google what to watch like me, you might be interested in this local startup’s recommendation solution.
MovieBee is “a WhatsApp entertainment and media chatbot”.
MovieBee says they’ll help you discover millions of movies, TV shows, people, news and updates…all on WhatsApp. It’s a pretty lofty goal, but someone has to dream.
Of course, one wonders how this startup will be able to create good recommendation engines for all these media categories. Often companies usually tackle just one and still find it difficult. I don’t know how many news recommendation services I’ve tried. Bookmarking has remained undefeated for me.
So lower your expectations if you are going to try Movie Bee. There are so many things they can do through a chatbot that only works with selected genres. Expert recommendations based on particular movies you’ve watched and enjoyed aren’t what you get here. In any event…
The first advantage is that MovieBee lives on the Internet in Zimbabwe – WhatsApp. You already have WhatsApp plans and therefore nothing prevents you from using this service.
Give it time and give it your data. Recommendation engines are a kind of garbage-to-garbage transaction. You need to train the algorithm on what you like for it to correctly suggest cool stuff to you.
Personally, I will have to remain skeptical that MovieBee will serve me well. But I guess the algorithms are good enough to work for some.
I just don’t watch enough TV to have enough work. I am a sports person and there is not much to recommend in this space, I already watch everything that interests me.
You, on the other hand, might like MovieBee. Try it for free and let me know how it works for you. MovieBee says they also have parental controls, to make sure kids don’t end up watching inappropriate stuff.
There I was, talking like MovieBee just made movies and TV. Remember that news, people, and update recommendations are also available regardless of update recommendations.
To try MovieBee, send “hi” to +263781110379 on WhatsApp, or simply click here.
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