With all the hype surrounding the upcoming season finale of Breaking Bad, the issue of spoilers is at the forefront of every fan’s mind. With social media, spelled Twitter and Facebook, you could end up learning the ending before you even get to see the show yourself. Luckily there is a guy; who knows a guy; who knows another guy, who can help. But you better call Solt if you want to avoid spoilers for the series finale of the AMC hit show.
This Sunday, on AMC, the first airing of the end show will be at six o’clock p.m. Pacific time. Which leaves lots of room for some infuriating spoilers for those fans who don’t live in that time zone. Or who cannot get to see the the show that they’ve recorded before learning the ending.
One piece of advice is for rabid Breaking Bad fans to avoid Twitter and Facebook until they’ve watched the series finale. But in this age of practically unavoidable social media viewers attempting to bypass the two most ubiquitous forms of social media could find their spoiler-free plans thwarted by their own cell phone or iPad.
But don’t worry, some clever chap has come up with a nifty little application that will block all mentions of Breaking Bad on your electronic gizmos. The app is called Spoiler Shield and its been developed by Josh Salt. So if you are worried about a social media spoiler or two, you better call Solt!
Apparently, the television experts, Nielsen have determined that over half of Smartphones and tablet owners, engage in social media surfing while they watch television. One-fifth of these “surfers” are actually reading and participating in discussions about whatever TV show they are watching.
Television networks like this “surfing,” it makes the shows much more “interactive” and some, like AMC, have actors “live” tweet during the airing of episodes. The surfing and live tweeting is known as “second-screen experience.” Perhaps no other program enjoyed more second-screening than SyFy’s Sharknado this year.
This whole tweeting and posting surf activity is fine if you have managed to catch the first airing. But if you live on the West Coast, you stand a more than excellent chance of having your favorite television episode spoiled by someone tweeting a vital plot point, or worse.
Which is what happened to Josh Solt a West Hollywood application designer who was a Game of Thrones fan. He missed the climatic Red Wedding episode when it got its first airing in June. Solt said that everyone was tweeting about the episode and as he was attending a cousin’s birthday bash, he missed it.
Solt had taped the show, but after all the Twitter spoilers, “the show was just not the same.”
He was determined to keep this from happening again. Although the Game of Thrones, was not the show to get spoiled. Solt said that he used to tape Dodgers or NFL games or television favorites and then have the irritation of social media spoiling the events.
Josh launched his new application, Spoiler Shield, this week. It is free of charge and it operates by blocking literally thousands of keywords. These words are blocked on Twitter and Facebook. The new app also blocks other keywords from other shows. It also will block character names from your favorite show, like Walter White or Todd, or Lydia.
Spoiler Shield can block over 30 television programs and Major League Baseball and NFL games on TV. According to Josh, additional television shows and more sports are to be added to the keyword list. Solt does have a little competition from Netflix as they have developed their own spoiler free application called SpoilerFoiler.com.
Netflix’s new spoiler app enables users to enjoy a tweet-free Sunday evening while waiting for their chance to see their program. Although their product is focussed on Breaking Bad right now and does not work on any other television shows.
But apparently, you aren’t locked into using either Spoiler Shield or SpoilerFoiler.com. Google Chrome has add-ons that will block keywords as well. These add-ons include Silencer and Twivo developed by a teenager, 17 year-old Jennie Lamere.
So viewers who don’t want their Breaking Bad finale spoiled by second screen surfing with social media; better call Solt.
By Michael Smith