Netflix listened. As an entirely web-based business (and to a growing extent with a web 2.0 market differentiation model), I can’t see how they wouldn’t.
We Are Keeping Netflix Profiles
You spoke, and we listened. We are keeping Profiles. Thank you for all the calls and emails telling us how important Profiles are.
We are sorry for any inconvenience we may have caused. We hope the next time you hear from us we will delight, and not disappoint, you.
-Your friends at Netflix
Whew! I honestly can’t tell you how upset the original announcement had made me. My boyfriend and I share one account with two queues. The idea of trying to alternate movies – much less agree on what to order! – is pretty absurd for us. The beauty of Netflix for me is that I can go in and build my queue whenever I feel like it. And it just keeps coming without me needing to do anything (except remember to drop the old movie in the mail).
The truly amazing thing is that Netflix listened!! How many other corporations in America would have actually changed their policy in response to this outcry? It wasn’t on the local evening news, or on the national network news. I didn’t see any coverage in major national newspapers. Sure, it was covered in a number of technology and web–related outlets, but that typically is not enough to change company policy.
In short, I commend Netflix for listening. But I don’t have to…their user loyalty just went up 1000x.