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Spoiler Foiler

By: Joel Marino

We’ve had it up to here with Twitter and Facebook.

As happens every football season, the social media sites routinely spoil the scores for us whenever we miss a game (Dancing with the Stars got dibs on Mondays a long time ago).

Fortunately, there’s a solution for that: it’s called Spoiler Shield, and it’s an app putting the kibosh on the sites’ score-ruining updates, available now. 

The ingenious software premiered late last September, just in time for the series finale of Breaking Bad. It works on 30 spoiler-heavy shows, including Game of Thrones, The Voice and Survivor, though we’re more interested in its sports-night potential. 

See, the app can be programmed to follow any NFL or MLB teams. So, should we miss a football game inconveniently scheduled during a family event, we can set the app to scrub out any mentions of the match on our Facebook timeline. Potential spoilers are replaced with golden shields we can remove long after we’ve caught up on the replays.

The app’s available only for iPhone, but its designers are working to release an Android version by the year’s end. Our hope is that they eventually add more sporting events to its lineup, specifically this year’s World Cup. FIFA’s reporting that 4.5 million fans have already engaged them on Twitter, meaning the latest super-tournament could lead to a social media explosion, especially when Brazil wins its inevitable sixth trophy.

Oh, yeah—spoiler alert.

Joel Marino is a NYC-based freelance writer and editor who enjoys traveling and saying “I told you so” as much as possible. When not writing, he spends his time on a never-ending quest to find the perfect empanada.