Suggested By You: TV Show Category Now Live on itcher!

When we asked what you would like to see on itcher app, you guys make it very clear what we had to do: create a TV show category.

Our magnificent tech team got to work and now we can finally have our pull-back-the-curtain moment...

And here it is! Our brand new TV Show category. It's ready to recommend you new shows and we can't wait to see you get rating. Download the itcher app now to get your personalised recommendations.

Thank you to everyone who suggested a TV Show category - you guys are helping to make itcher even better! Now, it's time to get down to business...

Which TV show should we rate first?​


Entertainment Recommendations Platform itcher Partners with the Google Assistant on Google Home

“Ok Google, Talk to itcher” - the Google Assistant action that helps Google Home users find their next favorite book or movie in less than 50 seconds.

How often do people struggle to find a great book or movie? We’ve all been there. Say goodbye to endless searches with the new Google Assistant action that can give perfect book or movie recommendations in an instant.

Unlike other services which use a simplistic and inaccurate selection process based on “similar titles”, itcher learns each user’s individual taste. This means they don’t have to waste time and money on something they don’t like and instead enjoy spot on recommendations every time.

In fact, discovering entertainment can now be a fun part of downtime. Let’s say someone just got home from a long day at work - the last thing they want is to spend time looking for a book or movie to help them unwind. Here’s where itcher steps in: it learns what they like and gives exciting, personalized titles in just seconds. It’s like talking to a friend who knows their exact taste.

itcher wants to bring the magic of discovery to everyone by using the power of its community to match users with like-minded people in order to generate personalized recommendations.

Now thanks to itcher’s integration with the Google Assistant on Google Home, anyone can get new entertainment recommendations in an instant.

Users can get started by saying:

  • “Ok Google, talk to itcher”


  • “Ok Google, tell itcher to recommend me a movie”


  • “Ok Google, I want to talk to itcher about books”

  • “Ok Google, ask itcher to suggest me a book”

  • “Ok Google, let me talk to itcher about movies”


It will come as no surprise that the itcher tech team have been very busy with the Google Assistant integration.

The first step in this collaboration was agent implementation; this stage involved developing the ability to ask for book and movie recommendations as well as requesting product-related information and reviews. itcher’s developers then worked on being able to rate recommended titles as well as receiving more information about recommended products via email.

It was then onto the movie and book search mechanism which involved allowing users to filter by director, actor and author. From there the team’s focus turned to allowing for matching user input against existing book and movie categories. Next, the integration of the recommendations suggestion algorithm before finally working on account linking to allow itcher to share user information and recommendations across different platforms (Google Assistant on Google Home and the itcher Android app, iOS app and website).

Bookworms and movie buffs will love what itcher can do. With the power of its community and the Google Assistant, itcher will bring the warmth of discovery right into people’s homes. Users can also download the itcher app which includes 3 extra categories: TV shows, music and games.


Movie Recommendation System: The Blueprint of itcher App

When looking for a movie recommendation system like itcher, there are 3 key things you expect.

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1. Spot on recommendations you can't wait to watch
2. An easy to use interface (slick design, nothing overcomplicated)
3. A place for your movie watch lists and reviews you can read reviews

When you sign up to itcher, the movie recommendation system of your dreams, you'll get all 3 and more.

Let's take a look at them in a bit closer detail.


What to Expect: The Blueprint of itcher

itcher has everything a movie lover could want from a movie recommendation engine.

itcher has everything a movie lover could want from a movie recommendation engine.

Here are the core elements of itcher - we think you'll love them all.


Personalised Recommendations For You (And Only You)

Movie recommendations only work if they're tailored to your taste.

Movie recommendations only work if they're tailored to your taste.

Generic, obvious recommendations don't really work for anyone. itcher focuses on providing you with movie recommendations tailored to your taste. Here's how it works:

- Download the itcher app from Google Play or the App Store

- Create an account in just a few clicks

- Rate 5 movies you like (or don't) and you'll be given you first batch of recommendations

- Rate any of the recommendations you've already seen and watch itcher get to know your taste


Powered by You.... and Her... and Him...

You rate titles so itcher can get a better idea of what you like.

You rate titles so itcher can get a better idea of what you like.

But how can itcher predict what movie you're likely to enjoy next? itcher works by connecting you to like-minded people who have a similar taste to you - and recommending titles based on what you already like and what they've watched.


Easy Design, Drool Worthy Palettes

Okay so we don't like to boast too much, but the itcher design is a little bit drool-worthy.

...the itcher design is a little bit drool-worthy.

The colour palette looks good enough to eat - we can't wait for you to see how great it looks! Maybe it's just us, but there's something about those rich colours and dark background...


A Comprehensive Movie Experience

When you invest time into a app that recommends movies (although we do pride ourselves on being fast), you want it to be a comprehensive experience.

So what else do you need a movie recommendation engine to provide?

Shop: itcher makes getting your hands on a title easy by including a Shop tab to find out exactly where you can watch each movie. You can even filter by provider, such as Netflix or Amazon Video.

Lists: somewhere to make lists of movies you'd like to watch, perhaps a list of your all time favourites...

Reviews: want to know what other people think of a movie? Just check out the reviews to get other opinions.

We hope you enjoyed our breakdown of exactly what itcher can do for you. There's just one thing left on your agenda - download the app!

We can't wait to hear what you think.


5 Must-Know Facts For Absolutely Every Start-Up

by Daniel Rovira

As the co-founder of itcher, I know the first couple of years in a start-up can be up and down, but it is important to persevere if you really believe in your product.

We’ve grown itcher from a seed of an idea into something that hopefully changes the way people watch movies, read books, listen to music and play games.

For those who don’t know yet, itcher is an entertainment recommendations app that allows users to rate different titles in order to get new and accurate recommendations based on individual’s personal taste.

Below you will find must-know facts we have learned over the last couple of years and will help you to get started with your own project.


1. You Have to Refine Your Core Idea… Many, Many, Many Times

The first milestone you should aim for is really refining your idea.

That means understanding who you are as a brand, what you believe in and what your aims are. A big milestone for itcher was getting a clear image in our heads of what we wanted it to be. We are always developing and tweaking, but working on that initial outline was important to get us started.

An idea is only that until it has been refined - then it is a pitchable start up.


2. Think You’ve Got Your Pitch? Think Again!

Pitching your idea for the first time is a turning point. You’ll learn what investors are looking for and where you need to research more (you’ll also find that telling someone about your project will make you hungrier for success).

Be sure to use your first pitch to learn; each of your many pitches works as an opportunity to improve the next one.

Use your first pitch to learn; each of your many pitches works as an opportunity to improve the next one

Pitching itcher for the first time reaffirmed the reasons why we wanted to update the entertainment landscape and we haven’t looked back since.


3. An Audience Might Not Come For Free

A brand is nothing without a following, particularly in a digital age.

Work on creating an online space for your followers and, if relevant, use it as an opportunity for SEO, but think about what is right for your brand. In our case, we created itcher Magazine.

Work on creating an online space for your followers

Hitting 250,000 new users per month was definitely a milestone for itcher. Knowing a quarter of a million people had used our site every month was not only satisfying, but also encouraging.

You’ll have to put in the effort and hour to build an audience, but it’s a price worth paying.


4. You Have To Launch Before That Next Tweak...

You can only plan for so long: sooner or later you need to get your product out there.

Your first version will rarely be perfect, and the feedback from your target market that will make it stronger for the next release. Since, we've since released v.2 of the itcher app.

We've improved vastly since those beginning days, but our very first version (v.1) taught us more about the mobile app world than we ever could have ever imagined.


5. Aim To Reach a Milestone Within Your First Month (No Matter What)

When creating a start-up you can see very clearly how people will benefit from your innovative ideas. It is important to strive for some kind of numerical milestone that can measure that success.

Work on creating an online space for your followers

Whether we are talking about number of units sold or number of downloads on the app store, do set a quantitative goal that you can track. In our case, we’re looking forward to when we reach the millions of downloads.


Get Your Start Up Moving

I hope you enjoyed these tips and find them useful for your business.

If you would like to stay up to date with itcher’s progress, you can find us on Twitter and Facebook or our Blog (add links).


References:

http://www.inc.com/guides/2010/08/how-to-refine-your-business-idea.html

http://www.peterjones.com/business-guide/pitch-your-idea-for-finance/

https://blog.kissmetrics.com/fan-base/

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/249477


Find People with Similar Interests App: Solve Your Boring Nights Once and for All!

What to have for dinner?

What to watch on telly?

Wouldn’t it be great if you could get recommendations for both?


This Friday Night... In!

Finally you get the chance to relax and have some fun after a hard week at work.

But... wait! You still haven’t decided which movie to watch.

This is the time when you could really do with a few recommendations from your friends but they all happen to be out and about too busy to hear their mobiles ringing.

You could search online, but what to search for exactly? Remember you need to know what you are looking for in the first place...

And you really have no idea of where to start.


How to Find People with Similar Interests Right Here, Right Now

You need to find people similar to you, people who know what you like, who could solve your problem by telling you exactly what you need to watch tonight.

So; where to find people with similar interests right here, right now?

We have the solution for you. There's a new app in town called itcher and it does just that: provides you with great recommendations that match your interests!

“Itcher is like a version of asking around for ideas; you don’t even need to send messages to friends...”

For example, when you don't know where to start a search for a movie, you can start browsing and look for other users' recommendations. Itcher is like a version of asking around for ideas and you don't even need to send multiple messages to friends.

Now, if that’s not cool, I don’t know what is.


Browsing Through is Fun

As you browse through different titles, you can read what other like-minded people think of the movie which really simplifies making a choice. You might even come across a hidden gem that did not make it into the general cinema distribution but that itcher users think it's a must-see.

Watching that movie could also help you recommend it to your friends who may have never heard of it before...

“You might even come across a hidden gem that did not make it into the general cinema distribution but that itcher users think it’s a must-see.”

What? Your friends only like to watch Hollywood blockbusters? Alright then, you can search for popular films and read recommendations from around the world. If you find yourself shouting at the screen after seeing bad recommendations and deciding you still want to watch that movie, you only have yourself to blame.

I told you so :)


itcher Connects Like-Minded People

How can you make the most of Itcher?

First of all, itcher connects like-minded people so the more you use it the better it gets. Start creating your profile by selecting movies you already like so itcher can start making recommendations for you.

  • Do you love romantic comedies? Then select “Love it”.
  • Not so keen on science fiction? Click on “Dislike it”.
  • Do you and your partner have different taste in movies and need to compromise? Click on “It's OK”.

Do you want to read the book that inspired the movie you want to see? You can check what other users think of it to see if they believe the movie did justice to the original script.

And if the night is still young and you fancy playing a game after you watched the movie, you can get recommendations on those too.

Itching for more?

Find people with similar interests - app itcher is a fantastic tool that will help you discover more of the things you love.


The 5 Essential Steps Before You Write Any Book

So you’ve decided to dip your toe in the literary waters.

Your inner Dickens is calling out and it is time to put pen to paper (or more likely - keyboard to screen).

So you’ve decided to dip your toe in the literary waters.

With so much going on between the first idea and the finished product, you’ll need some guidance along the way.


#1 THE TAGLINE

You should be able to describe the concept of your book in one sentence

Aiming to pitch your book idea in one line should help you narrow your concept.

If it takes three paragraphs to explain the premise of your book, it’s not focused enough.

If it takes three paragraphs to explain the premise of your book, it’s not focused enough.

Concentrate on coming up with a punchy line that explains your book idea to someone who doesn’t know you. This will help you to keep a clear vision in mind during the writing process.


#2 THE PURPOSE

You need to have a 100% clarity on why you’re writing your story

Are you writing this book because you want to make money? Are you writing because you enjoy it?

It’s important to know why you’re writing a book so you can remind yourself when things get tedious.

It’s important to know why you’re writing a book so you can remind yourself when things get tedious.

Very few authors make a substantial amount of money from book writing, so this perhaps isn’t the best overall aim when writing your first book.


#3 THE RESEARCH

It is imperative that you find the gap in the market!

It’s important to be aware of what’s already out there. You need to know where your book will sit among others and what your book will bring to the genre. Read widely. Read different areas within the genre and read as many different styles as you can.

Read widely. Read different areas within the genre and read as many different styles as you can.

If you’re not sure where to begin you can browse popular titles in your genre on Amazon, and perhaps use a recommendation app like itcher to find the lesser known titles.


#4 THE FORMAT

Being tight with your structure will help you see the end product in your mind

Are you writing a trilogy? An illustrated story? A collection of short stories?

Think about how your message is best delivered. 

Think about how your message is best delivered. You might think you can drag out a story for 50,000 words but upon closer inspection, it may be that it works better as a short story.


#5 THE PLAN

The right system will increase your chances of success

Some writers prefer to write and see what happens, but if you think you’ll find this difficult (and many would) it’s a good idea to have a structured plan for each chapter or each section of your book.

This doesn’t just have to be bullet pointing what’s going to happen or what’s going to be discussed – even answering questions such as ‘what will the reader feel after reading this chapter’ will help guide you throughout your writing.

Whether you decide to use Workflowy, Trello or good old fashioned pens and paper, the more organised your planning is the more you can declutter your brain and instead focus on the writing.

The more organised your planning is the more you can declutter your brain and instead focus on the writing.

It’s also crucial to designate writing hours in your day. A book is a very large project to take on.

Telling yourself that this year you are going to ‘write a book’ doesn’t mean you’ll have a book written by the end of the year. Instead, carve out a designated writing slot in your day and stick to it.


BONUS: Identify and connect with others like you

By networking with others who are taking on the task of writing a book, you’ll have a support system in place for when questions and queries arise.

Speaking to real people in a similar situation will help you along your way and also try searching Twitter and Facebook for new authors. You can always ask your friends if they know anyone writing a book.

What tips do you have for new writers who want to write their first book?


Your Search for Websites to Find Books Ends Here: itcher Is the Future of Reading

Websites to find books can come in many forms - whether it's your favourite book store's company website or maybe a commercial giant like Amazon. 

But they're all missing something....

Personalisation.

Amazon doesn't really know what you're into. It might recommend books because someone else purchased something in common with you, but it's not completely personalised the way book recommendations should be.


So, What Can Solve Our Bookworm Problems?​

itcher

itcher, if you haven't already heard, is an entertainment recommendation app that learns what you like by using a complex algorithm that analyses your ratings of books you've already read to generate brand new, personalised recommendations.

Pretty good, right?


3 Reasons itcher is a Bookworm's Dream

Finding a book recommendation app like itcher is a pivotal moment for book lovers!

There are so many benefits to using itcher (did we mention you can get recommendations for movies, music and games too?) but here are some of our top reasons that itcher is a complete and utter dream for bookworms...


1. Have More Time to Read!

Using itcher means you don't have to spend so long scouring the web in search for a book you may or may not enjoy reading.

With fast and accurate recommendations, you can spend more time curled up in your chair, lost in a good book. Bliss!


2. Read More Books That Really Resonate with You

Don't you love it when you find one of those books that you utterly adore? One that you think about for days - sometimes weeks - on end, and you just want to sink your teeth into it , because it was that good?

Well, with itcher's clever algorithm working hard to find books personalised to your specific taste, which means you're more likely to love the books you read.


3. Share You Thoughts with Other Book Addicts

When you finish a good book, there's little more satisfying that sharing your thoughts on it with somebody else. That's why we love that users can share their reviews of the books they read, right from the itcher app. It helps other users and adds to our buzzing book community.

Watch out, literary critics, itcher users coming through!


The Only App Book Lovers Need: Download itcher Now!

Your search has finally come to an end.

itcher is the answer if you're looking for something to recommend you new, exciting reads. We can't wait for you to download it and let us know what you think!


A New Android App to Rate Music – It Can Change Your Life!

You waited for that new album for months, and turns out, it just sucks...

You are so disappointed, you want to talk about it, get others’ opinions and feedbacks, but your friends don’t care about this band...

Just pick up your phone and tell the whole world what you think...

The app you dreamed of is finally out there!

The app you dreamed of is finally out there!

Time to Express your Feelings

Too often in life, we face that moment when we just heard an amazing song on the radio, or saw that awesome movie no one talked about, and we can’t wait to discuss it with people!

The problem is: no one knows that song, nobody saw that movie!

Same thing applies if you hated what you just heard or saw and you absolutely must tell people...

Same thing applies if you hated what you just heard or saw and you absolutely must tell people...

Don’t keep it all to yourself; it will slowly eat you inside to the point that you’re so depressed you won’t even listen to music or watch a film ever again!

Fear no more, a new Android App to rate music, films, books and games is finally out there.

A Great Android Music App: Rate Songs, Films, Books and Games!

So here we are. You want to tell people what you think of this song but you are stuck. With no ears opened to you, no shoulder to lean against, you keep your feelings to yourself…

It’s time for you to discover itcher! This new Android App to rate music allows you to finally express yourself with just a few simple clicks on your smartphone. But that’s not all…

After a few ratings, itcher starts building your profile and recommending music you should love. It will also introduce you to people with similar interests and tastes in music so you always have someone to talk to about your new discoveries, whether they are good surprises or true disappointments!

This new Android App to rate music allows you to finally express yourself with just a few simple clicks on your smartphone.

So from now on, if you come across a tune you love or you hate, just ask itcher. It will allow you to save some time looking for great songs and avoid wasting time listening to songs you hate.

Yeah, This App to Rate Music Simply Rocks

t’s time to get out of the closet. Let the world know what you think, what you love, what you hate …

If you have very specific tastes in music, and fancy Swamp New Orleans Blues from the 60s, you are not the only one out there and you can discover new tunes, recommended by people with similar interests.

If you are more into commercial music, your opinion is worth as much as the next guy and you have to express it! You’ll never stop discovering new tunes you’ll love.

It’s time to get out of the closet. Let the world know what you think, what you love, what you hate…

This great Android Music App to Rate Songs let you share your feelings with people that care about what you think, and opens you the door of endless discoveries in music.

How to Connect with People from Other Countries Free

Connecting with people from other countries has become easier and easier over time thanks to the internet and smartphones. But most of the time, people do it for the wrong reasons, or the wrong way, and it doesn’t last.

Hi! My name is Jonathan Cherqui; I'm French and I wrote the article you're about to read. Hope you enjoy it.. leave me your comments!


Connecting with People from Around the World… Sounds Fun!

Now you can get in touch with people that share your passions and interests, from all over the world.

If you are a little bit like me and like to travel, meet new people and discover different cultures, I’m sure you’re always on the look up for new trends and ways to have a quick (or not so quick) chat with people from all over the world.

I personally love spotting the little differences in people’s behaviour that make a culture what it is. Like the way the Americans hold their forks during dinner, or the fact that holding the door for a woman in Finland is actually rude.

It’s the differences in the perceptions of things that distinguish us from our neighbours and make them so interesting.

The way the Americans hold their forks during dinner, or the fact that holding the door for a woman in Finland is actually rude

So, How Easy Is to Establish This Connection?

If you are lucky enough to live in a capital city like London, then it’s quite easy for you! Just go to pub on a Thursday night, and I can assure you, you won’t have to wait for long until you meet people from abroad.

Or if you’re a rugby fan, join an international rugby team! If you’re more into chess, well, join a chess club! These places are usually real melting pots.

But what if you leave in the countryside? What if the only people you see every day are the ones living across the street since always?

Or what if you just don’t like to leave the inside of your house but still want to know more about other countries’ culture?

Well, it’s the 21st century and everything is possible…

Well, it’s the 21st century and everything is possible…

A New App to Get in Touch with People from Around the World Through Similar Interests

Living in a world where having virtual friends is no longer considered as “weird”, new mobile Apps to connect with others pop up every day.

If you’re looking for your soul mate, just grab your phone and it won’t take you too long to get hundreds of Apps that promise you true love if you hit the download button.

But let’s say you just want to meet people from other countries, and if possible, people that share your interests.

Good news! It’s time for you to discover this new App, itcher! It will connect you with people from all over the world, based on your interests, on your tastes in movies, music, books and games.

Just exchange about the latest film you loved or that new trendy song you hated, give and get recommendations, without any hidden thoughts!

It will connect you with people from all over the world, based on your interests, on your tastes in movies, music, books and games.

Ever wondered how Pulp Fiction was perceived in China? Does Lady Gaga have a lot of fans in Lesotho? Who is the best-selling author in Nicaragua?

With just a few simple clicks on itcher, now you can do exactly that and find out what people like or don’t like out there, and if there is another “you” somewhere on Planet Earth.


Just like You

I’m sure you’ll be amazed to find out that there’s a guy, all the way across the globe, that likes the exact same music bands as you, and has the same all-time favourite movie as you and watch it once every 2 months, just like you.

You’ll finally be able to discover traditional music and literature from all over the world, even from the tiniest country on the planet, and all that in the comfort of your living room.


Help! Is There an App to Find Similar Songs?

I know what music I like. I was a teenager in the 80s (you do the maths), so anything that has “electro” written all over it is my cup of tea (actually, make that a cappuccino. With an extra shot).

Fast forward to today: based on my own personal preferences, I want to expand my musical horizon and listen to what “young people” like.

Yes, as a seasoned music lover, I do like to find out about what's new out there.

Yes, as a seasoned music lover, I do like to find out about what's new out there.

And yes, even saying this makes me feel old.


You Are Never Too Old to Listen to Music

Ok, so probably according to today's teenagers, people over 20 should be banned from listening to music. Well, at least that's what I thought when I was a teenager myself.

I would hear my mum “la-la-lahing” along to her favourite 60's pop songs while I was doing my homework and it would drive me mad. I was WORKING for goodness' sake!

Yes, mum, how dare you sing along to music while I am doing some serious work here? I was so busy swotting over books and listening to MY music as a teenager that I thought I knew best and felt totally self-righteous about it. 60's music, in my view, was not “real” music. It was stuff dinosaurs listened to.

Here I am, I am now one of those dinosaurs, albeit a fairly fluffy and glittery one.

60's music, in my view, was not “real” music. It was stuff dinosaurs listened to.


Help the Dinosaurs

Someone should create a charity to help the dinosaurs. In the meantime, there should be an app for finding similar songs to what dinosaurs already enjoy listening to.

Because that's what people like me need. I like Depeche Mode (find some other similar bands too!). Is there any band out there that would sound like them today? Off the top of my head, The XX spring to mind. I like The XX. They appeal to my melancholic side. I also like Disclosure as their music has a retro-electro-clubbing feel to it.

What if I need more suggestions? Is there an app to find related music?

What if I need more suggestions? Is there an app to find related music?

Well, it seems that itcher ticks that box. Unlike, say, Genius Mixes on iTunes, which are computer-generated, itcher will give you suggestions on similar music based on what you like from people's recommendations. As a true dinosaur, why should I trust an algorithm when I can ask real people for their opinion?

itcher will give you suggestions on similar music based on what you like from people's recommendations... why should I trust an algorithm when I can ask real people for their opinion?

Are you itching for a change? I know I am.