Picture the scene: holidays are coming, you’ve got somebody to spend them with, and you both need to figure out what you want to watch together. It happened to me: my boyfriend and I had just started dating and we wanted to make a watchlist. The snag? We weren’t living together, we wanted to be able to consult the same Letterboxd list between visits, but we didn’t want others snooping on our cheesy holiday watchlist.
Instead of being able to enjoy seeing the poster for While You Were Sleeping fade darker after our New Year’s Eve watch, we clumsily shared screenshots back-and-forth of the one briefly public list on my account. That’s because, until now, you could only set a list to public (everyone sees it) or private (only you see it).
That all changes today, with two new list-sharing options. Introducing the IG Close Friends of Letterboxd lists, where secret links become your very best friends for sharing lists with your best friends. Private lists can now optionally be shared with your Letterboxd friends (members you follow), or with anyone—to accomplish this, enable the relevant sharing mode when editing a list on the web, then send the recipient(s) the private link.
Important note: the new modes (and their associated secret links) are only available on our website for now. Privately shared lists can be viewed in our apps, but a forthcoming update is required to support these new privacy modes when editing a list, and in order to copy the correct link when sharing a private list.
In addition to the new modes, comments and likes are now supported on private lists, so discussion (and appreciation) can happen between members with access. And just to be clear, privately shared lists are still owned and edited by one member, rather than being collaborative. Collaboration is on the horizon; this is a first step down that path.