Sunday, October 19, 2008

Shortest lived links: Local movie listings

We've had a local movie review link on our MSP Family Recreation page for years.

Most of the links are fairly stable -- they have a half-life of 2-5 years.

There's one big exception.

Local movie listings have a half-life of about 4 months. The current two links are broken today.

Since this has traditionally been a low margin local newspaper service the short-lived links are probably another, unneeded, indicator that our local papers have one foot in the ICU and one in the crematorium.

I figured, given the failure of newspaper associated listings, that there must be emerging alternatives.

I found two.

Google has a local movie listing service. Not new and I've probably seen it before, but now it will be a rec page link.

Fandango does listings and sells tickets online. Another rec page link.

I'll miss our local newspapers.

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