The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information related to movies, actors, television shows and basically everything else that moves on a screen. I haven’t watched a movie and not checked it on IMDB first since, well, I don’t even remember.
IMDb launched on October 17, 1990, which is even before the birth of the World Wide Web. They were acquired by Amazon.com in 1998 and went on to grow to become the 22nd most visited website in the US.
And that was sorta where they stopped evolving. Okay, maybe they installed really spiffy servers and optimized the HTML a bit but I don’t think I noticed any significant changes on the site except maybe a few extra links to Amazon.
It always amazed me that this prime web property seems so neglected. No new features, no new design and hardly any signs of efforts to monetize their success.
Yes, there were a few randomly placed banner ads and there is a ‘IMDbPro’ button (added in 2002) somewhere that would seem to indicate there is a way to pay for something. Still, is that all?
After all, this is the number 22 most visited website in the US!
To give you an idea what that means:
– 11 months ago ago Twitter was smaller
– They have 2,5 times the combined traffic of Mahalo and Squidoo
– They get more visitors than Apple, LinkedIn and The New York Times
Oh, I got most of these stats from Alexa.com; another seemingly neglected Amazon property.
So why the history lesson? Well, IMDB has redesigned their site. It isn’t a major change but it is an update nonetheless. I don’t usually write about simple redesigns but this is the 22nd most visited site after all and they haven’t redesigned since 1999 so I guess this is noteworthy. The changes are so minimal that I included both design here for you: