If you haven’t watched last night’s Game of Thrones season finale and are terrified of having it spoiled by everyone on the web, fear not! In a few easy steps, you can avoid having this season’s biggest episode ruined by online critics and social media blabber mouths! Here’s how you can keep last night’s Westeros adventures unspoiled on Facebook, Twitter and Gmail until you finally get time to watch it.
First, gather a short list of keywords that you want muted from your daily online surfing. You’re gonna want to mute things like “Game of Thrones,” “HBO,” “finale,” “GoT,” and all important character’s names whose story line you don’t want spoiled. Once you have that small list, here’s how to use it to block the damn spoilers…
Facebook is a bit of a pain because you can’t mute words directly on it. So unless you’re willing to avoid it all day, you’ll need to download an extension like Social Fixer. Once downloaded, you can use its filter feature to block out anything containing your list of keywords.
If a friend is trying incessantly to bombard you with GoT finale spoiler chatter via messages, just click the message box drop down arrow on the top right and unfollow them for the time being. They’ll never know, muahaha.
If you use another app or program to run your Twitter, this is easy. On something like Tweetdeck, just head to settings, click ‘mute,’ and paste in all of your keywords. All messages containing them will be blocked.
If you’re using Twitter proper and can’t avoid it all day, you’re going to need to download an extension like Open Tweet. You can’t mute words, but it allows you to mute spoiler offenders by clicking their profile and using the drop down box in the top right corner to shush them.
If someone sending potential spoilers is bombarding you with emails, just click the ‘more’ button on the message, and then click the ‘mute’ option. This will send their emails directly into your archive so you can search for them once you’ve safely watched the show.
Also, you can use Google’s filters to mute specific phrases in incoming mail and have them sent to your archives or trash. You can even set an instant reply with a Westeros-inspired threat to get spoiler-senders off your back!
Now that you’re covered online, just make sure your co-workers don’t gab!