Listal gives user the ability to discover new things and share their opinions while highlighting items they love. The site is dedicated to providing the tools to allow users to list their favorite things, which can fall in to numerous diverse categories. These categories, which are primarily media and people, include movies, television shows, books, music, DVDs, actors and actresses, authors, directors, and music artists. Media found on the site includes lists, reviews, images, and video clips. Users can vote on their favorites, add to the list, or share their opinion on Listal.
Listal was formed in September of 2005 by founder Tom Mascord. The site was dedicated to promoting popular games, video and other forms of entertainment through user opinion. The founder, who is also operating as the sole employee of Listal, designed the necessary tools to put the user in the driver’s seat to determine what items receive high ranking and popularity. The staff behind Listal may be small, but the site functions well with an attractive layout and numerous features to entice users to participate. Today, the Listal community has added significantly to the site’s content to make it an interesting place to spend time and learn about new trends in entertainment.
Listal is unique in the way it gives users complete control. The site incorporates many features that allow users to post their favorite entertainment, musician, or celebrity related media. The entire community to review the information and vote based on their opinions. Through the voting process, the item will receiving ranking and could expand popularity as more Listal users discover it. This makes the potential for exposure of the user’s favorite films and artists limitless on Listal.
The Listal website is sleek and stylish, in a way that is well organized. Although the site is purely for entertainment, it possesses a logical, easy to navigate design. The black header and attractive silver Listal logo compliment the navigation tabs and icons found at the top of the homepage. The site focuses on top rated items, which are listed right on the homepage and are given priority as one of the first items a new visitor sees when they arrive at the site. A convenient search feature is also available on the homepage to help users quickly navigate to items of interest.
New visitors can create a Listal account by clicking on the “Join Listal” tab found at the top and center of the homepage. This tab is accompanied by a small green arrow, which makes it a little easier to differentiate each tab at a glance. New users can connect through an existing Facebook profile or the traditional way by entering a login name, display name, valid email address, and password. After submitting the basic information, the user is immediately taken to the edit profile page. This is an optional page that can be skipped, but allows the user to include more personal information on their Listal profile.
Listal benefits from a large community contributing a large amount of items. To require a monthly membership fee or other payment from members would counter act the site’s appeal. Thankfully, Listal realizes this and is available at no cost to the user. Anyone can stop by the site, create an account and begin using Listal features for free. There is nothing stated as to whether this will change in the future. At this point, Listal does not offer enough features to warrant a premium account, so the site has made a good choice in allowing users complete access at no cost.
Anyone who loves entertainment media and social networking can appreciate what Listal has to offer. The free price tag makes it easy to convince friends to create accounts and share their personal favorites. Users can not only provide opinions, but also learn about movies, television shows, and music they may not have been aware existed that fits their individual tastes.