By now, you’ve probably heard about what happened on last week’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy, and you definitely know how Lost ended, but we’re willing to bet you don’t always appreciate these spoilers. Unfortunately, the advent of social media has made it nearly impossible to avoid the well-meaning intentions of strangers who just HAVE to tell you what happened on the last episode of your favorite TV show, podcast, or even YouTube subscription. That is, it was impossible to avoid these spoilers.
Over the past several months, Twitter has been rolling out new “advanced muting features.” These tools are designed especially to keep you safe from the deluge of live tweets that inevitably go down during any televised event. By adding any phrases or hashtags that are likely to appear on Twitter during the show to your “block list,” you can guarantee that Tweets containing these words won’t appear on your NewsFeed for at least twenty-four hours.
This all sounds fine and dandy, but how do you actually use Twitter’s advanced muting features? Simply go to the settings tab on the Twitter website or in the app on your phone. Then, click the button that says “BLOCKING.” Enter in any words that you would like to block, and then click “SAVE CHANGES.” Now, you’re all set!
In order to decide which words to add to your blocked list, think about phrases that are likely to be referenced during the episode. For example, an episode of Friends may lead you to block the words “Rachel,” “Joey,” “Chandler,” “Monica,” “Ross,” “Pheobe,” “Central Perk,” and “#wewereonabreak.” It may take a little practice, but you’re sure to be using Twitter’s blocking tool like a pro in no time at all!
No more worrying about having your favorite shows and movies ruined by live Tweeters! Simply use Twitter’s spoiler-proofing features to keep your TV time safe.