Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Now You CAN Avoid Spoilers on Twitter (You're Welcome)...

File this one under: Stop complaining and do something about it!

I can't tell you how many grumbly Tweets I see (or get sent directly to me) about "spoilers" in regards to the way television is talked about on social media. My personal philosophy has always been that if an episode has already aired, and you elected not to watch it for whatever reason, that was your choice, and you can't get mad about learning what has happened through other channels. Especially because you also have the choice to stay off those other channels until you see the thing for yourself. But not everyone shares my philosophy: with social media making allowing anyone and everyone to create a hub for their personal thoughts and feelings and happenings, egos explode, and more and more people think the world, or at least the internet, should revolve on them. Well, a 17 year-old named Jennie Lamere is about to become all of those TV fans and Twitter users' new best friend. 

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The high school student created a program currently called "Twivo" (still in demo mode) that works as an extension to the Google Chrome browser and allows people to type in certain keywords they want blocked from Twitter for a certain length of time. So if you just can't stay off your social media sites while waiting for your favorite television show to start in your timezone, now you can avoid potential episode-ruining spoilers from seeping onto your timeline. 

There is no word yet on whether or not Lamere will work with other browsers or create an App for this program, as well, but for now, this is an amazing start. Especially because the claims are that it only took her ten hours to write the program she came up with last minute and which won her a national coding convention.

It's pretty genius, right down the to name. DVRs (and TiVo) allow you to save your programming for when you're ready to watch, so this will allow you to save the conversations until you can join in.

Lamere, if you find yourself with some spare time and looking for more ideas/inspiration, I have oh so many in this vein. I just don't possess the technical skills to actually execute them. Tweet me!


* This is not Lamere. This is Molly Tarlov as Sadie Saxton on MTV's Awkward. But you should already know that.

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