Have you ever fallen behind on a TV series? Whether by your doubts of its quality or simply having a busy schedule, I am willing to bet that 100% of people say yes, and have had the following happen to you:
1) a. Miss an episode of blah blah
1) b. Decide to start watching blah blah and hope to catch up to real release
2) Log on to social media
3) Realize the commonality of friends’ content is due to a common source: the episode you have not yet seen
4) Post about your frustration that the plot was just spoiled for you
5) Bide your time until next week when it quite possibly happens again
There is nothing worse than trying to enjoy and/or catch up on a series and having the plot ruined for you. There’s plenty of shows this could happen with:
- “Breaking Bad”
- “Game of Thrones”
- “Sons of Anarchy”
- American Idol
…to name a few. I personally had to refrain from any and all use of social media for what turned out to be a week while I caught up from season one episode one to the fifth episode of the third season of Game of Thrones. I watched these episodes so quickly despite their length because I could not stand staying off of social media for so long.
It seems as though this issue is finally on the way to being resolved. I have noticed tweets by several classmates, including Daniel Heffernan who noted that a Netflix app called Spoiler Foiler that allows you to log on to Twitter and prevents any mention of the show “Breaking Bad” from appearing on your Twitter feed. As a recently turned viewer of “Breaking Bad” I am really excited about this tool. I am only about halfway through the second of six seasons, so I have had to be extremely careful when using social media, as the epic final season has unfolded. Thankfully, the show is nearly over, so it won’t be a problem much longer, but it is nice to have the option of this app to avoid ruining the show completely. I just hope that apps like this come out for every show, particularly Game of Thrones, and that this idea may spread to other social media networks.
The thing that I don’t understand is how this has taken so long to appear. Not only has the technology been available for years now, but also this show is nearing its end. Is this a sign of things to come? Maybe the end of the show is a good way to beta test the application. Either way, I can’t wait to try it out next Sunday. Only thing is, I’m not so sure how useful it is if you can only use the feature through the website. I am not a huge fan of entering my account information on third-party sites, and I prefer to use my own methods and applications as opposed to having to go to this specific site.
I wonder if this technology will expand, and where it will move to first. As I’ve been writing this post, I realized just how valuable such an application could be for sporting events. There have been many times that I record a Patriots game to watch later that night, and then see a Tweet or Facebook status about how great Brady played or how the game was a sure sign of the Patriots being Super Bowl contenders. What would be really cool is if somehow things like this could work for the radio and print media. Maybe Google Glass could have some wild technology to help? Who knows what this world could be capable of.