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Friendspire: Movies, TV, Book‪s

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Fantastic, friendly media finder with some mature content.

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This social media space makes it easy to find new things to watch, read, listen to, or eat -- but it's not meant for kids. Friendspire: Movies, TV, Books was clearly designed for adults. Content, lists, and reviews are in no way filtered or rated for appropriateness for kids or teens. Teens will likely not run across significant amounts of inappropriate content in the app itself. But recommended titles may be mature, and some lists may reference adult themes, such as "hottest Reality TV that will get you through quarantine."

Friendspire: Movies, TV, Books isn't unique for its use of algorithms to make personalized recommendations. Nor is it unique for its curated lists of movies, TV series, podcasts, books, and restaurants -- though some might appreciate what the app's editors put out. Rather, the strength of Friendspire: Movies, TV, Books is that users can share what they like with friends, and get recommendations from people they trust, like Goodreads but for all kinds of media. For that to work, of course, users need to join the app together with their friends -- or find other users whose tastes they trust. And it's a nice addition to include local restaurant recommendations, though how well those work also depend on where you're located. Perhaps because it's in the early stages and the algorithm needs more information, users are frequently asked to classify titles. This is fine, but it could get tiresome. And the search isn't perfect depending on your access point. For instance, if you want to search by an author's name because you can't remember a book title, you may get some strange results -- like book club reading guides -- instead of that author's catalog. Overall, though, it's a well thought-out, useful tool that helps users sift through the neverending landscape of media and make that process more social.

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