Netflix ‘Spoiler Foiler’ Opens Up Pandora’s Box of Awesomeness

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bill-swift - September 25, 2013

Have you ever missed a television event as it was airing live, having every intention of watching it later, only to log in to Facebook or Twitter that very day, like an idiot, and have the outcome of that event spoiled?

If so, today there is a really awesome bit of news for you. Netflix, which of course streams past seasons of Breaking Bad, among other things, has rolled out a new web portal called SpoilerFoiler in advance of the series finale, which airs on AMC this Sunday, September 29.

Here's how they describe it:

Behind on Breaking Bad? Now you can check your feed without fear. Any tweets with danger words get blacked out, as below. When you've caught up, it's safe to go back to normal Twitter. Until Heisenberg comes knocking again on Monday.

In other words, by logging into Twitter through, you can avoid hearing about the finale of Breaking Bad without having to abstain from social media—which we all know is pretty much worse than abstaining from sex.

Obviously, this is an absolutely brilliant idea whose time has definitely come. Right now it just works for Twitter and Breaking Bad, but let's hope this is only the beginning, and that there will soon be a customizable SpoilerFoiler service that works for any television event (think sports) across multiple social media platforms. Or, better yet, let's hope that social media sites build some such technology directly into their services—which is something that could also be used for parental controls.

(Wait, I'll get paid if they use all these ideas, right?)