No, I don’t want to hear about the #purplewedding. I understand that it was a shocker and that King Joffrey was somehow involved, but that’s all I want to know about the latest episode of Game of Thrones. That’s because I’m still on Season 3 and haven’t even learned what this Red Wedding business is all about.
The morning after an episode of a popular show airs is the worst time to be on the Internet if you missed it. We’ve all been there — like when [spoiler redacted — eds.] in the final season of Breaking Bad and your Facebook friends wouldn’t shut up about it. Or when [spoiler redacted — eds.] in the season finale of American Horror Story and they couldn’t stop retweeting each other.
Is there a way to be on Twitter and Facebook and not get spoiled? Why, yes, there is! Silencer is a nifty little Chrome extension that will banish all spoilers to the grim cells of Harrenhal. Once you install it, simply browse to Twitter or Facebook and type in the words you want to mute from your feed. You have to be specific — Game of Thrones is different from #gameofthrones, for example. Once you’re done, test it out by searching your social networks for the term or terms you muted and watch them magically dissappear from the results (they do appear for a split second before vanishing, so you might still want to be a little careful).
To take the pain out of manually muting hundreds of potential spoilers, Silencer provides handy Mute Packs, which means that you can censor all terms related to entire shows at once. I’ve currently muted Arrested Development, Mad Men, and True Blood. Because I’m a laggard.
But you don’t even have to stick to TV shows because Silencer will mute anything you type into it. Sick of a friend’s updates but don’t want to unfriend them? Mute them! Tired of everyone freaking out about Heartbleed? Scrub it from your feeds!
On the flip side, Silencer only works with Twitter and Facebook, which is a shame. I have a feeling that the comments section is going to be spoiler central.
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