There are several different schools of thought on how spoilers should be handled on the Internet. There are some who think that no one should ever spoil any TV show or movie ever (which is damned near impossible), some who hold a statute of limitations, and some who just don’t care at all. Well if Google has anything to say about it, you’ll never have to worry about social media spoilers again, thanks to a new system they’re possibly putting together.
Google was awarded a United States patent recently that they want to use to identify and block potential spoilers for net surfers who may not be familiar with the information being shared. How are they going to do something like that? By keeping track of where subjects are in their TV viewing (or other forms of entertainment), presumably through social media itself. Here’s one of the clearest informative sections in the patent, using books as the example.
For instance, if you’re watching a TV show on Netflix – or reading a book on Goodreads, if you insist on adhering to the above passage – and have it linked up with your Facebook account, then Google Spoiler Annihilator (or whatever) will keep a close eye on your progress and will block out any posts on your timeline that contain information about episodes that you haven’t seen yet. So if you’re waiting for The Walking Dead Season 5 to hit Netflix, then you won’t have to worry about reading your friends talking about that time Rick did that thing, unless you privately ask them.
Does this all seem like the most invasive way necessary to avoid spoiling things for yourself? Absolutely. Especially when there’s already an app called Spoiler Shield that allows users to specify which shows, movies, and sporting events that they want to keep hidden from view. There’s nothing to say that Google is definitely bringing this patent to fruition, though. It was first filed in October 2012, and you can bet they’ve been working on it in the meantime; but for now, we’ll just have to wait and see.
So, if you still haven’t finished watching Breaking Bad yet, and are saving it for your 80th birthday for some reason, you may soon be able to read about the show without finding out that the entire series was just a daydream Walter White was having while in the teacher’s lounge. Oops.
Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.
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