Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Bite me, Blockbuster Online

Oh, and you too, Facebook.

About 3 years ago I signed up for Netflix, Walmart DVD online, and Blockbuster online. I wanted to see which interface was better, and who was quicker about sending me DVDs in the mail. Netflix won, hands down.

Blockbuster has recently come out with an interesting idea, however, where you can rent online, as well as in the store. They have been pestering me to 'come back' for years, but yesterday they sent me a free month, so I thought, what the heck. I'll sign up, rent a few, and then cancel after 29 days.

I canceled after one. Here is why.

I put Enchanted in my queue, because the kids have wanted to watch it. I thought it would be a fun surprise. It was a surprise, all right.

I wandered over to facebook sometime later, and there in my newsfeed is a proud proclamation, 'Marion Jensen added Enchanted to his blockbuster queue!"


I'm glad I didn't add what I wanted (Beaches, Sense and Sensibility, and Pretty Woman).

Now I've gone through the settings of Facebook long ago, and have turned notifying all actions from external sites (nobody is so bored that they run to the web to see what I've been doing), but that didn't stop Facebook. Even though the default to blockbuster online was 'notify me first', it posted this breaking story to my news feed. My co-worker logged in and saw that I had added Enchanted to my blockbuster queue.

I'm pretty ticked.

So, the lesson? Screw blockbuster, go with Netflix. And as far as facebook goes, BACK OFF.

As soon as I see an alpha version of Justin's app, I'm bailing.


Josi said...

That is freaking hilarious--I mean, a tragidy all the same--but freaking hilarious. And you've inspired me to go try out netflix. I do the hollywood video thing, but the $32/month is giving me heartburn. Knowing that someone that thinks as hard as you do has determined netflix the best gives me reason to try it out.

Anonymous said...

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