Clare Sidoti Staff Writer
Social media practically rules our lives these days. You very rarely go more than 30 minutes (if not less) without receiving an email, tweet, Facebook notification or Instagram picture. While you can argue that this makes life easier, more interesting, assists in keeping up to date with what is happening around the world, for some die-hard fans of TV shows and movies, spoilers released by people who have already watched something or have received information about something can ruin their viewing experience. This is especially true for season premiere and finale episodes when spoilers relate to a cliffhanger or to some major plot point.
However, fear being spoiled no more as 17-year-old Jen Lamere has developed a Twivo app for Google Chrome which will prevent just this. And it bagged her the top prize at the TVnext hack event in Boston.
How the app works is that it puts a block on tweets with keywords relevant to a show or movie or event for a certain period of time. Creator Lamere, a big fan of Pretty Little Liars and Dance Moms, spoke to Mashable at the Boston event (at which she was the only female participant) explaining where she came up with the idea for the app: “I became very irritated at seeing spoilers all over my twitter feed, so I developed this app to make my life a little easier”.
What added to her pain were the cast members of her favourite shows themselves. While we love the relationship that gets built up between actor and fans through social media, some actors are quite prolific tweeters and like to share watching an episode with their fans. Lamere explained that her two favourite shows have “cast members who live tweet, which can ruin the show if I’m not watching right when it airs. Twivo blocks out spoilers until the user is ready to watch the show, and then the tweets reappear at the top of the feed as though it was live.”
Unfortunately Twivo is not yet public but as many of our favourite shows have now embarked on their summer hiatus, Lamere has a few months to make it available for download before they start back up again in autumn.
Would this app be something you would be interested in or do you not care about being spoiled? Let us know at Popwrapped.