Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Rotten tomatoes

Rotten Tomatoes is a website devoted to reviews, information, and news of films, most widely known as a film review aggregator. Its name derives from the cliché of audiences throwing tomatoes and other vegetables at a poor stage performance

It was launched on August 19, 1999 as a spare time project by Senh Duong.[3] His goal in creating Rotten Tomatoes was "to create a site where people can get access to reviews from a variety of critics in the US."[4] His inspiration came when, as a fan of Jackie Chan, Duong started collecting all the reviews of Chan's movies as they were coming out in the United States. The first movie reviewed on Rotten Tomatoes was Your Friends & Neighbors. The website was an immediate success, receiving mentions by Yahoo!, Netscape, and USA Today within the first week of its launch; it attracted "600 - 1000 daily unique visitors" as a result.[citation needed]
Duong teamed up with University of California, Berkeley classmates Patrick Lee and Stephen Wang, his former partners at the Berkeley, California-based web design firm Design Reactor to pursue Rotten Tomatoes on a full-time basis, officially launching on April 1, 2000.[5]
In June 2004, IGN Entertainment acquired Rottentomatoes.com for an undisclosed sum.[6] In September 2005, IGN was bought by News Corp's Fox Interactive Media.[7] In January 2010 IGN sold the website to Flixster, which produces the most popular movie ratings app for the iPad and other mobile devices.[1] The combined reach of both companies is 30 million unique visitors a month across all different platforms, according to the companies.[8]
Rotten Tomatoes users can create and join groups that allow them to discuss different aspects of film, and even one group called "The Golden Oyster Awards" has its members vote for their winners of different awards, much like the Oscars or Golden Globes. However, when Flixster bought RT, they disbanded the groups saying "The Groups area has been discontinued to pave the way for new community features coming soon. In the meantime, please use the Forums to continue your conversations about your favorite movie topics."
As of February 2011, no new community features have shown up.


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