If you are a movie buff, or just generally like the film and acting industry, you must explore the Internet Movie Database (IMDb com) website.
With 4.1 million titles and 7.7 million industry personalities in its database, it’s no wonder that IMDb com has 70 million registered users!
The best is you don’t have to register as a member to view the IMDb com site, but you must do so if you would like to comment or make contributions to its vast database.
Another nifty feature is that users can rate movies using a weighted scale from 1 to 10. These ratings then appear alongside each title.
What is IMDb.com?
Known as the Internet Movie Database, it generated revenue from advertising sales, licensing fees and partnerships.
By 1998 the company had so much interest and hype that it was bought out as a subsidiary of Amazon Inc for $55 million.
The deal worked well for both parties.
Jeff Bezos owner, founder, and CEO of Amazon.com was able to use IMDb as a revenue earning platform for sales of videotapes and DVDs, while IMDb’s Col Needham could begin paying salaries for work performed by shareholders.
IMDb began its life as “Those Eyes” when Needham started posting articles about actresses with beautiful eyes.
This snowballed as film fans began adding information.
Other lists added to the database included actors, directors and actresses, and subsequently lists of deceased movie stars.
How to sign into IMDb com
You do not have to register to use the IMDb site, but if you want to take part in voting, rating, and commentary then:
- Go to imdb.com
- Sign in with Facebook OR select Other Sign in options
- If you select Other Sign in options, the following page will appear
- In the drop-down menu select Create a New Account
- The registration page will appear
- Now fill in your name
- You must fill in your correct email address
- Create a password that is at least eight characters and keep it safe
- Re-enter your password
- Click on the Create your IMDb account button
- This will then take you to a welcome page
- Now you will have to verify your email
- You have to click on the verification link in your email to proceed
- You will then land on a Captcha box. Complete the lettering this displays in the box
- Click submit
- You are now registered
How to retrieve your login details
If you have forgotten your password go to the IMDb site, click on the login button and select “Forgot your password” on the drop-down button.
IMDb com will contact you via email, giving you instructions on how to reset your password.
Why you have to sign up
Registering as a member of IMDb gives you a lot more privileges than simply browsing their site. Here’s why:
- You can contribute information to the site
- Select your own site name
- You are given a profile page
- Display your personal movie ratings
- You are awarded badges for your contributions which can include biographies, photos, and trivia
If you are involved in the entertainment industry then you may want to register as an IMBdPRO member.
It costs $19.99 a month to join IMBdPRO, but that gives industry executives, actors and crew the privilege of posting their own resumes and photos.
Members are also given access to individual rankings of industry personalities and contact information of their agents.
It includes a company directory, box office, and film production details, and allows users to add personal information on their pages.
Anyone is allowed to register as a user of IMDbPRO and make contributions to the site, but do not receive the same privileges as paying members.
While IMDb collects and stores any information you share on the site, you have the right to withhold certain information but will then not be able to enjoy many of the features.
The company uses this information to improve its site and to communicate with its users.
IMDb does not sell any information it collects from its members but does share it with owner Amazon.com, Inc.
The company will always contact users if its wants to share personal information with third parties and users have the right to agree or disagree to those disclosures.
What you get
Well, we’ve already discussed all the features you can access on the IMDb.com site.
But there is MORE!
- Apart from movies, users can view listings of cast and crew members of any episode of every television series.
- Users can view more than 6 000 movies and TV shows, including Sony and CBS, as well as a variety of movies by independent filmmakers. This feature is only available in the USA because of licensing restrictions.
- Resumes and photographs can be posted by actors and crew members. This forms part of the IMDbPRO package
IMDb is a worldwide site with information about films and the industry from most countries.
You can view lists and information about movies produced and co-produced in countries around the world
|Mobile, Android, iPhone and smartphone
Security and privacy issues
Over the years, IMDb has been subjected to the deliberate addition of false information.
According to the company, all received data is checked before going “live”, but because of the huge volume of information entered into its database by users mistakes are inevitable.
However, IMDb welcomes corrections and mistakes are corrected as soon as mistakes are brought to its attention.
Cool stuff to do
You can vote on IMDb’s Top 250 list.
This is the 250 top rated films of all-time and is based on ratings by registered users.
On 2 February 2017, The Shawshank Redemption claimed #1 on the list.
This list is compiled from feature films, including major releases, cult films, independent films, critically acclaimed films, silent films and non-English language films.
IMDb com also features a Bottom 100 list that is compiled based on user votes.
IMDb also features a Top 250 list devoted to TV shows.
How does IMDb make money?
Owned by Amazon.com Inc, the company makes money via sales of advertising, videotapes, DVDs and membership subscriptions.
Takeaways about IMDb
On October 17, 2010, IMDb was ranked 47 worldwide.
In 2011, Huong Hoang of Texas sued IMDb for $1 billion for revealing her age, stating that it could jeopardize her acting career. She was 40 years old at the time.
Her lawsuit was dismissed.
Keep your login details safe
If you decide to register as a member of IMDb com, remember to keep a record of your password and email address.
IMDb com does not make it obligatory for you to disclose any other personal information.