“Don’t Tweet The Ending!” #Jerk
Another week has come and gone – and all my shows are safely PVR’ed on my Rogers digital box. Because I have an internship, other various commitments, and all sorts of things going on in my life, I was unable to watch my weekly TV favourites.
Because of this, I was forced to avoid my Twitter feed like the plague. Why? Because of Show Spoilers! You know who you are. You sneaky, selfish social media trolls, who insist on giving a live play-by-play of all my favorite programs before I can watch them.
Last night, as I took a break from my usual Sunday line-up to watch the Juno’s, my frustrations with inconsiderate, TV spoiling Tweeters began to build. These award shows come but once a year, and due to Sunday night dinner I had to PVR the JUNO Awards. I love to celebrate Canadian music, and as it turns out, my fellow Tweeters like to celebrate them too – only in real time. As I frantically hit the fast forward button on my remote, making a valiant effort to try and catch up and not have another winner spoiled, my smartphone beeps and there it is:
“Congratz @FeistMusic!! Totes deserved to win artist of the year #Junos!!! WoOoOo!!”
This event, coming on the tail of many other spoiled endings in Twitter’s history, has led me to wonder – would it kill people to keep these television spoilers on the DL?
We at Pulp&Fiber have created a roster of suggestions for those who feel it necessary to tweet along with their favorite TV shows.
Things to Consider Before You Tweet About TV
1) Use the appropriate hashtag to accompany your tweet. I can’t stress this point enough. Anyone not watching their favorite program in real-time can mute your tweets, but if it doesn’t contain the hashtag or key words, your tweet will make it onto their timeline.
2) It is 2012, not everyone watches television in real time – most of us PVR it because we have prior engagements (or are avoiding seeing the same commercial for a Ford vehicle 37 times in an evening). If we don’t PVR it, we likely watch it online.
3) Perhaps if your fingers feel the uncontrollable urge to tweet about TV shows as they happen, you can simply add *SPOILER ALERT* at the beginning of the tweet. This will alleviate the number of spoiled show outcomes for us post-air watchers.
4) If *SPOILER ALERT* proves to be too many characters and you cannot provide us with the exact play-by-play that you had hoped to give us – simply write *SP-AL*.
5) Come up with a code name for your program of choice. For example, Game of Thrones could be Leisure Activity of Fancy Chairs, or something? #LAFC, anyone?
Did we miss any? What suggestions do you have for compulsive Twitter spoilers?