Rotten Tomatoes

Rotten Tomatoes is an online movie, TV, and (sometimes) video game review site. What I find most interesting about the setup of this online community, is that they have developed their own kind of rating system. The “Tomatometer”.

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They have found a way not to limit themselves to purely public, or critic opinion. Members of their online community are going to get a vast amount of varying opinions of reviews from both sides. Because of this, there are often times discrepancies between the audience score, for example, and the the level on the Tomatometer – facilitating discussion.

But, it doesn’t stop there. In a separate section of the site is the forums and, another, an editorial section for news on TV, movies, etc. These sections even further facilitate discussion and debate. So, while they are united with the understanding of the Tomatometer, there are various other forms for the judgement of the movies and television series. The forum section allows for anyone to author a forum on a specific topic.

Ultimately, Rotten Tomatoes is an easy to locate online community, facilitating discussion and information in a niche space.



  1. Rotten Tomato is a really helpful website because it gives you a peoples opinion on films and TV shows, unlike imdb and other sites where the rating is done for you. It’s a good example of an online community because it appeals to such a huge target audience. Everyone watches films and TV shows so anyone can post which builds a community with loads of different types of people with different opinions and interests. Because you can post it also makes it somewhere social.


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