Is your ability to watch Game of Thrones at the same time as the rest of the world hampered by your moral stance against piracy? And does that leave you rather desperate to avoid spoilers on Facebook and Twitter? Well, you can actually avoid spoilers without having to avoid social media. There are multiple tools you can use, which, when put together, should shield you from the worst of it.
Netflix recently came up with a tool called Spoiler Foiler to stop Twitter from spoiling House of Cards for you. But Twitter isn’t everything, and we need tools for blocking more than just Netflix hits. Here are some of the best things you can use to stop spoilers on Facebook.
Spoiler Shield is an app you can download for Android or iOS, or as a Chrome extension. Within Chrome, it will block spoilers on the Facebook and Twitter. websites. When you’re trying to avoid spoilers on your phone, you can use this app instead of your Facebook or Twitter app. Most importantly, your settings are synced between devices.
It’s easy to get started, simply by logging in with your Facebook and Twitter credentials. The app will block spoilers for a whole bunch of popular shows, plus NFL, NHL, English Premier League, baseball and basketball games. They’ve recently added award shows and all sorts of other stuff to the mix. You can even block by a handful of celebrity names. Shows that are blocked include:
- Game of Thrones
- House of Cards
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- (and lots more)
You set the shields up with all of the shows and sports teams you’re trying to avoid spoilers for, and the app hides posts it thinks are spoilers. You can always override things and click on the hidden posts, but that’s at your own risk.
Another Chrome app to hide spoilers is Silencer. The Silencer extension lets you type in your own keywords to mute, which is perfect if you’re blocking something a little more obscure, like Eurovision spoilers. It also means you can block news stories you’re sick to death of, celebrities who annoy you, or event hashtags for conferences you’re not attending. The versatility of Silencer makes it really useful.
If you want to use some presets, there are “Mute Packs” available. Although, I guess you don’t want to be analysing which keywords are in those packs, lest they include the spoiler items themselves.
Sadly, though it’s fantastic on Twitter, Silencer is temporarily not working very well on Facebook, but that will hopefully be fixed at some point. Silencer is not just for Facebook and Twitter though, as it will also block spoilers from Ask.fm and GetGlue. Everything is synced with Chrome too, so you’re covered on all of your computers.
Unspoiler is a way to block certain terms from any site you visit, not just Facebook and Twitter. This will help you catch the spoilers on news sites and Reddit too! It syncs your preferences using your Google login, but be sure to take a look and decide which one to use if you’re logged into multiple accounts.
What’s really neat about Unspoiler is that it also saves a list of things it’s blocked for you. Which means that once you’ve caught up on your viewing you can easily go back and read the things your friends were linking to on Facebook.
Don’t forget that TweetDeck and other major clients for Facebook and Twitter can often block certain terms for you. However, when you’re putting the keywords in yourself you are potentially going to miss many that include the spoilers themselves, as you don’t know what those are yet. But you can try!
Personally, I went as far as reading the whole “A Song Of Ice And Fire” series to avoid Game of Thrones spoilers on Facebook. How far do you go to avoid TV and movie spoilers on social media? Will these tools help you?