Welcome To The New IMVDb

Posted by Adam Fairholm on March 19, 2014 in Site News

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If you visit IMVDb on a regular basis you may have noticed a big change that was launched in the middle of last week - a new version of IMVDb. We're really excited about it, not because it's the biggest update to IMVDb we've ever released, but what it means for the future of the database and this website.

Rather than take you through each new feature (we'll do that in individual blog posts over the next few weeks), it's easier to go back to the beginning of IMVDb and tell you why we needed a change.

Doug and I started what was then called FilmedInsert while I was living in Boston in 2010, and at the time we had very little idea of what IMVDb was going to look like several years down the road. I didn't even know if what I was making was going to make it past a few months of playing around.

As the site grew and we added on more and more functionality, we ran into an issue that many growing websites do - we were starting to do things we never even thought of when we started, and our structure was weighing us down, making it harder for us to adapt and build what we had in our minds.

We've always felt like all the information in the world about music videos is kind of useless unless you can use that information to do something interesting, like find new music and new music videos. 

So, it was time to take a step back and reorganize the internals of the site to help us reach our goals in 2014. We've added some key new technologies to the site like videoflow, linemine, and hivemind (more on those later), but the specifics aren't all the important - what's important is that in the weeks and months ahead hopefully you'll find IMVDb to be a more and more immersive experience that helps you do what you came here to do: find and watch great music videos.

Adam Fairholm is the co-founder and lead developer of IMVDb. You can find him on twitter at @adamfairholm.

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