Twitter Executive talks about how the Muting feature will help avoid Game of Thrones spoilers
When you’re a part of a fandom that is as huge as that of Game of Thrones, you’re bound to be haunted by spoilers. The fan base has two types of fans, those who like spoilers, and those who don’t. For those of us who want to stay away from every single spoiler, watching the episodes without any definite clue of what’s going to happen, is a bliss. However, the ugly truth remains : You can’t possibly be on the internet, and expect to avoid all spoilers, and especially not from Game of Thrones, which was one of the top ten trends on Twitter last year. Twitter product manager, Rishi Tembe, recently explained how the muting features built into Twitter can help you considerably lower the likeliness of running into a spoiler.
Speaking to Vanity Fair in an e-mail interview, Rishi Tembe explained how they have muting features for those of us who just can’t stay off of Twitter, and yet want to be spoiler-free. The feature was apparently originally introduced as a counter measure for online harassment, but Tembe explained how it could be used as an anti-spoiler armor :
“We always wanted to expand on the mute feature work we did in November, which lets you remove certain keywords, phrases, or entire conversations from your notifications. Now, you can mute from your home timeline, and you can decide how long this content is muted—one day, one week, one month, or indefinitely…Now, whether people are in a different time zone, or just can’t make it home in time for their favorite show, they’ll be able to better avoid spoilers on the platform.”
So if you want to stay away from spoilers, as Season 7 of Game of Thrones inches closer, you should probably mute all keywords which might be used in combination with spoilers, such as “Game of Thrones,” “GoT,” “Season 7,” and more. You can access the option by clicking on the Twitter icon, then “Privacy and Settings,” and finally, “Muted Words.”
This feature wasn’t around last time around, so if you’re an active Tweeter, maybe Season 6 was bad for you. Especially with the whole hype around Jon Snow, and Hodor, and Bran Stark. Good god, that was an eventful season.
But hey, Season 7 doesn’t have to be like that, so go forth, and mute away! Game of Thrones will be back with Season 7 on July 16th. In the meantime, tell us the words you will be muting off, down in the comments, below!