Check This Out: TwitCritics Real-Time Movie Ratings from Twitter
While Rotten Tomatoes still remains the king of the movie rating world, I've started to really care less about them, mainly because of their ridiculous rules that allow for such hacks as Armond White to be included in the Tomatometer. Thanks to SlashFilm, I finally discovered a potential alternative called TwitCritics (twitcritics.com) that capitalizes on the Twitter craze, compiling reviews of movies and giving an average rating, like Rotten Tomatoes. There are obviously issues (such as how does it know what you said was good or bad), but I think this may be the first time that Twitter feedback is being harnessed in a usable way.
Peter from SlashFilm states: "I really believe that Twitter is a powerful tool, which has yet to be completely harnessed. Websites like this will take this real-time data and provide analysis, which will result in some awesome real-time data we’ve never seen before." I completely agree with him on that and from the looks of it, TwitCritics has the potential to stand out. Instead of guessing that the general response from the 1610 people that I personally follow is more negative or positive, I can come to TwitCritics and see (for example) that out of the 3116 tweets tracked mentioning Where the Wild Things Are, only 79% of them are positive.
The site does have a simple system for making corrections. Beneath the red/green thumbs up/down image, there's a "mistake" link which allows you to correct the tweet if it's wrong, just spam, or not even a critique at all. I think this correction then goes through an administrative approval system moderated by a real person, so the system can't be tipped. But it looks like it works great so far and I actually believe it's giving the most accurate representation of what the Twitter world thinks of certain movies. I'll be curious to see how this site grows and watch its development. Make sure you check it out: twitcritics.com. Thoughts?