Netflix Changes Its Mind, Will Keep Profiles
from the listening-to-customers-is-good dept
A few weeks back, we were one of many who questioned Netflix’s decision to take away its “profiles” feature, that allows a single account holder to have separate queues for different people in his or her household. For the folks who used this feature, it was quite popular, and our main complaint was the bogus language that Netflix used, claiming that removing this feature was somehow a benefit to users. Obviously, most folks who used that feature regularly thought it was somewhat obnoxious to take away a favorite feature and to tell them it was for their own good — despite not having any plans for a replacement.
However, Netflix surprised a lot of folks by actually listening to the complaints from many users and agreeing to keep the feature, though it won’t promise to do any more enhancements to it. It’s so rare to hear of companies actually listening to their users, that it’s nice to see Netflix actually do so. Of course, Netflix could potentially make even more fans of the company by somehow opening up the profiles platform so that others could develop for it — now that Netflix doesn’t want to do so. That may not be possible depending on how things are set up, but that could really turn what was a negative into a strong positive for the company.