Its called RedBox.
For those of you who do not know how it works, RedBox had placed moviekiosks all over the place in locations where people might be inclined to make an impulse movie purchase.Â I usually get sucked in at Albertsons, some people follow the light at Mcdonalds, etc.Â Movies are only a buck a night, and if you join their mailing list, they text message you a free movie every Monday, Free Movie Monday is now an official term in my house!
The cool part, though, is not the cheap (or free) movies, nor is it the convenience of location.Â The cool part is waiting in line… yeah, I said it!Â And, that… is my new social network!
While waiting we discuss what movies we have watched, give eachother movie reviews and provide “if you liked that, you’ll love this” services. Since I usually grab my movies at the grocery store when I’m shoping for food for the family, the demographic at the line tends to match mine.Â There are usually more women, a “hazard” of being a single father, but other than that… more or less the same type of person.Â So our interests tend to match up and we frequently have plenty to talk about.
There are “regulars” people I have seen at least 3 or 4 times in the past month as well as a steady flow of new folks I would never have met if not for the RedBox queue.Â Â Each providing insight that I wouldn’t have exposure to in my normal group of friends (the regulars on things they know about me and my taste and the strangers bringing fresh perspectives).
Just like any good social network RedBox comes with it’s own etiquite.Â If someone is ust returning, they always move directly to the head of the line (its polite, plus, they might be returning the movie you want to rent!).Â If someone is returning and renting, but they have a movie someone in front of them wants to rent, they get a free pass as well (same principles apply).Â Friends don’t let friends watch bad movies, if someone knows they movie is a bomb, they speak up, why waiste a buck right?
Yep, RedBox is my new social network but don’t worry all my twitter, facebook, and goodreads friends… at a dollar a movie, I don’t mind missing parts to spend time socializing online.Â Afterall, if I want to watch it again… I get to go back to RedBox!!!