Are you a fan of Game of Thrones? Doctor Who? Supernatural? or any shows with (or without) a huge fanbase? But, unfortunately, you can’t be home when the newest episode is released, and you are left with the internet and its spoilers?
There’s nothing more annoying and frustrating as having someone spoil a show you love and have been waiting for. Here are a few tips on how to avoid spoilers on the world wide web (and not end up like poor Troy).
Social Media Outlets Are to be Avoided at All Costs
That seems obvious right? But I think it’s the safest way not to be spoiled. Most of the time the first thing we do when we wake up is go on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or any other social media outlet.
And of course, they are spoiler-filled nests after the release of a new episode. Just watch that episode when you can and you’re free to resume your social media activities afterward. No fists are shaken at the sky (or thrown at that friend’s face)!
Official Pages are a Threat to Your Spoiler-Free Safety!
Official Pages are nasty. As soon as an episode is over, you can be sure that the official page of a show is going to post a picture, or a comment that is going to spoil you in the worst way possible. I still remember the backlash after the Official Page of How I Met Your Mother released a picture of The Mother on Facebook a few minutes after the end of the episode on the East Coast (thankfully, I was watching live…).
Avoid them by simply unfollowing the pages on Facebook (you don’t have to unlike, just unfollow and their posts won’t show up in your feed) or Twitter.
(I’m still pissed that I got badly spoiled by the Brooklyn Nine-Nine page about the new season.)
Apps Can Save Your Life
There are some apps out there that can help you preserve your ignorance on freshly released plot twists and cliffhangers. I don’t know them very well, but if there’s one that I’m using and that has been really useful, it’s Tumblr Savior.
Tumblr is probably the most dangerous outlet when it comes to spoilers, and this app is really a savior. You just have to download the add-on on your browser’s store, and add the keywords you want to hide from your timeline! Easy, simple and life changing! Of course, you just have to hope that people tag their spoilers…
Which brings me to…
Be Nice, Tag Your Spoilers!
If you’re using Tumblr, please be mindful of what you reblog or post, no matter if you’ve seen that special episode or not. Tag your posts and reblogs, with just a little #spoiler or even the tag of the show, just so apps like Tumblr Savior can do their jobs and keep you from losing your mind over that one picture! Be kind to your followers!
Warn a friend!
And last but not least, post warnings. Warn your friends when you see them, post on Facebook about it, tweet it… And vice versa, if you want to post about a new episode, start with a warning, and a couple of skipped lines before making your statement on how happy or disappointed you are. It just keeps you away from the drama!
And there you go! These tips seem to be working for me anyway, let’s not forget that I spent 2 years without being spoiled about the end of Breaking Bad!
Yes, I have closure issues, and yes I still haven’t watched the last season of Parks and Rec cause I don’t want it to end, but that’s a conversation I’ll save for another time! And if you encounter a spoiler, just do like Bryan Cranston…
HOW DO YOU AVOID GETTING SPOILED?