Netflix Inc is the latest media company to integrate with social networking website Facebook, whose huge community of young, tech-savvy users could help drive growth of the online DVD rental service’s subscriber base.
Starting on Tuesday, Netflix users can use Facebook Connect — software that links individual Facebook pages to third-party Web sites — to share their ratings of Netflix rentals with their Facebook friends, the companies said in a statement.
“Intuitively, the folks streaming (Netflix movies) on the laptop tend to be the under-25 crowd,” Netflix spokesman Steve Swasey said. “You could make the leap that it is the more tech-savvy … the early adopter crowd … but Facebook is becoming more mainstream.”
Movie ratings will appear on Netflix subscribers’ Facebook pages if they opt into the program, and will link back to the correlating movie page at Netflix.com, the companies said.