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Watchworthy: A Recommendation Catchall for the Streaming Era
If you’ve dipped a toe into the flood of streaming platforms and found yourself neck-deep in suggestions, a final suggestion to end this woe: Watchworthy,…
If you’ve dipped a toe into the flood of streaming platforms and found yourself neck-deep in suggestions, a final suggestion to end this woe: Watchworthy, the “Recommended For You” section in app form.
The “Recommended For You” feature was exciting when Netflix first came out, but in the era of Disney Plus and Prime Video and multiple HBOs, these algorithms are much more useful when consolidated in a singular app. This is Watchworthy’s basic premise, and then some.
Watchworthy allows you to rate content via simple thumbs-up or down, then aggregates these scores against your personal profile to determine how “Worthy” each title is of your individual attention. Every title comes with a blurb, scrollable episodes, and pictures of notable cast members. If the show is available on one of your platforms, Watchworthy will take you there in one click.
What’s even more exciting is Watchworthy’s shareability. Though there’s little in-app social function (yet), Watchworthy makes it easy to share your favorite shows with friends and fans. No need to tell your friends to look up the premiere of such-and-such, you can just text it to them through Watchworthy. The more you use Watchworthy, the easier it gets to accrue and share your faves.
If you really need excuses to get through the work day, you can opt in to push notifications from Watchworthy, so you can wake up to reminders of newly available Netflix seasons. For dedicated TV viewers, Watchworthy will keep you updated on your shows in real time.
Watchworthy proves that the “Recommended For You” algorithm deserves a full app in 2020. While it still feels beholden to older models of entertainment recommendation websites, it’s exciting to see this app’s social potential--who knows, maybe in the future we’ll send curated lists of our favorite TV episodes to crushes instead of mixtapes? We’ll be watching Watchworthy for further developments.
Watchworthy is available for free on iPhone and Android.
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