Internet has weaponized spoiler culture. When a movie such as Avengers: Endgame or events like the last season of Game of Thrones comes along, the web and social media are on fire with simultaneous reactions that millions share their hottest in real time.
For anyone who couldn't beat a midnight, watch the episode live or find time for three hours at the theater anyway, the internet can be a minefield. Checking social media is especially trying to close your eyes and cover your ears as they go through a storm of spoilers.
Of course, the most effective strategy is just to be offline. But for many of us, a total web blackout is just not realistic in 2019, not when smartphones keep us connected 24/7, and a lot of work requires you to spend most of your day looking at a computer screen.
For ] Avengers: Endgame fans, leaked material has been floating around the internet for weeks. Director Joe and Anthony Russo also launched the #DontSpoilTheEndgame campaign on social media to promote Marvel fans not to reveal key facts and ruin the experience of others.
If you don't trust the internet to not spoil things for you (which you should not 100 percent), you can remove spoiler avoidance in your own hands. Here are some simple tricks, tools and additions to block spoilers online.
Muting These Keywords
If you spend a lot of time on Twitter, muting keywords are an absolute must. Bring a list of every word or phrase that can destroy the movie or show for you, meaning not only the movie or the title but also the names of all your favorite characters – and then enter your Twitter settings.
Go on the Messages tab, press or click the gear icon and select muted words. You can then add muted words, phrases, usernames, emojis and hashtags up to max character number of muted words are case-sensitive. Check out more detailed instructions here .
Another trick is to disturb keywords for a certain period of time. The default is forever, but you can set a subdued word to disable on a number of days or weeks. You can make your mutes stop just when you leave the theater and are ready to enter the spoiled world.
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You may not think of all possible keywords. If an account you follow just can't turn off with the spoilers, you can always turn it off or block it.
Unfortunately, Facebook is not that advanced on this front. The social network began testing a snooze feature in the keyword last year but has not rolled it out publicly for users. Instead, you can click the option icon next to any post in your feed to snooze a friend, group or page for 30 days.
You can also disrupt posts, stories and accounts on Instagram. The social app has instructions on how to turn off accounts and filter out comments on your posts that contain specific keywords.
Extensions and Apps
If you use a browser like Google Chrome or Firefox, some browser extensions will make the spoiler block for you, both on desktop and mobile. We also found some mobile apps and even a Slack extension for the annoying work chats.
- Spoiler Protection 2.0: A popular option is Spoiler Protection 2.0, a free add-on available for both Chrome and Firefox, as well as the Firefox app on Android and iOS. Spoiler Protection spreads the ground and blocks everything you associate with a keyword. You can also customize actions such as blocking images and video preview, which works very well. So good, actually, that it can break some other elements on the web pages you visit. But for complete spoiler protection on any site you visit, it may be worth it.
- Unspoiler: This free extension for Chrome and Firefox takes a more interesting setting, but not as effective as Spoiler Protection 2.0. Unspoiler blocks the keywords you enter by covering the keywords in headers and feeds, but lets you click to display the keyword and show spoilers if you want. There is also an interesting feature that allows you to bookmark a potential spoiler and save it for later so that, after you have finally seen Endgame, can check out Unspoiler's queue and start reading all reviews, reactions,
- Video Blocker: This Chrome extension blocks any YouTube videos, channels, and comments that turn on keywords you've entered. YouTube is one of the worst places to go if you're trying to stay spoiler-free, to be sure to protect yourself.
- Shut Up: Comments (and comments) may be the worst source of spoilers. Whatever article you read may be very taken care of to avoid spoilers, but commentators will not. Download Shut Up for iOS or get the extension for Chrome, Firefox or Safari to turn off comments altogether.
- Spoilers Blocker: There are not a lot of good options for blocking mobile spoiler, but an option for Android is Spoilers Blocker. It hides any keywords you enter by transferring solid color blocks over mobile web pages and apps, and specifies which keyword spoiler it hides.
- Social fixer: Facebook's built-in keyword blocking features are missing at least, but social fixer can fill in some of the slots. Available in Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Safari browsers, Social fixes let you block and hide all sorts of posts and also have a foolproof filtering system to crop out all the annoying keywords you've cleared from your timelines and social feeds. 19659023] Spoiler: This simple Slack extension creates a bot that allows any Slack channel to specify a specific spoiler and alert new users with a message if the spoiler comes up, which they can click to reveal. Another simple trick for Slack: Just make a new channel dedicated to the spoiler-y conversation, so those who have seen Endgame can chat freely without fear of destroying the experiences of others.
] The last tip is common sense.
Stay away from underdogs discussing Avengers: Endgame, Thrones Game, or whatever movie or show you are trying to avoid. News article and blog comment sections are another no, even if the review or article you are reading turns out to be "spoiler-free". Also, be wary of YouTube, not just with video messages, but in the proposed video, which can display previews for a number of analysis and reaction videos that break down the sharpest scenes and plot twists.
Do not live dangerous with Google searches or Wikipedia pages, either. If you care about being pampered and want to go into the theater completely in the dark, don't play with fate. Spoilers come to us all in the end, but there is no need to look for them.