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Why netflix renames “queue” to “my list”

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The queue is now called “my list” in netflix. Why would netflix change that term?

Six possible reasons why Netflix changed “queue” to “my list”:

1. The general public not know what queue means
dictionary.com defines queue as:

queue [kyoo] noun
1. a braid of hair worn hanging down behind.
2. a file or line, especially of people waiting their turn.

2) People thought Netflix queue was some sort of hair style
As mentioned in reason 1, the first definition of queue is a hair braid. Who knew! Isn’t that a ponytail?

3) Queue is too hard to spell
Although when would you ever need to spell queue on their service?

The searches for: netflix q are on the rise. Please don’t tell me that people actually thought it was “nextflix q”
Google Trends: Netflix Q

Also on the rise are searches for neflix que:
Google Trends: Netflix Que

Thankfully searches for netflix cue are on the decline. The most common misspellings for queue are:

  • que (71%)
  • queu (9%)
  • queque (6%)
  • qeue (6%)
  • quque (2%)
  • kew (1%)
  • quaue (1%)

All of these don’t have enough search volume to show up on Google Trends.

4) Queue is too intimidating
A queue implies that all these movies and tv shows are waiting in line to be watched. Whereas a list is merely a list. The Atlantic has a great article about how the internet stream is getting to be too much for people to keep up with, “2013: The Year ‘the Stream’ Crested

5) Lists are more friendly
Everyone loves lists.

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Matt Maldre
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Doing a Google search for: netflix queue to my list, it seems apparent that this change happened on August 21, 2013. Please excuse me for taking four months to realize this.

Matt Maldre
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My favorite misspelling of queue has to be: queque

Peter Kreten
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I bet you it’s your number 1 reason. People don’t know what a queue is. But I want to throw a curve-ball here. In radio, queue is spelled “cue”.

Matt Maldre
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Oooh. In radio, it’s a “cue.” Hmm. I wonder why radio doesn’t use “queue.” Perhaps in radio, cue is meant more as a verb instead of a noun. With netflix, queue is a noun–or I should say, was a noun (since they no longer use queue).

Looking up “cue” on dictionary.com, it lists the nouns first. Hmm. Merriam Webster also lists the nouns definitions as the first two, the verb being third.

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