Teenage Girl Wins Coding Contest with Anti-Spoiler Program

The worst thing about getting caught up in a TV show is the risk of spoilers if you don't watch the show's first airing. You've spent a week thinking about all the different directions the next episode of Game of Thrones could take only to have the new episode spoiled because you happened to check your Twitter before you had a chance to watch it. The best solution is avoid all forms of social media until you've had a chance to power up your DVR. But what if there was something that made Twitter a safe place for those of us too busy to catch the first airing of our favorite shows? There actually is.

Mother Jones reports that Twivo was the star of Boston's TVnext Hack event late last month. Twivo is a Chrome extension that acts as a TV spoiler blocker for Twitter. Users simply enter the keywords they want to block and select a period of time to block those keywords. Tweets containing those phrases will be eliminated from your Twitter feed for the determined period of time. The creator of this piece of software is 17-year-old Jennie Lamere, who happened to be the only female entrant in TVnext Hack to present a completed project. Not only did Twivo win first place in its category ("best use of sync-to-broadcast"), it also won "best in show" as well.

Lamere says the extension won't be complete for another couple of weeks, but Mother Jones reports that she's already been approached by Furious Minds, a tech company that wants to help her market the finished program.

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  • kemtox
    And I'm sitting here, watching anime and playing Civ 5...
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  • kemtox
    And I'm sitting here, watching anime and playing Civ 5...
  • killerclick
    Her brother or boyfriend probably helped her. I've been a programmer for 10 years and I don't know even one girl who can code worth a damn. If I get a CV from a girl, I just look her up on Facebook to see if she's hot.
  • dns7950
    Interesting, and maybe a good idea in theory, but kind of useless in practice. To have to manually input all the words you want blocked seems pretty low-tech.. Most people who would post spoilers aren't going to put the name of the show, they would probably just assume you know the show they are talking about, and you'd have to manually input all of whatever shows characters for this to actually work..
    [rant] On a side note, people who post spoilers in social media are total d-bags, and obviously not very intelligent.. People like that are the reason I hate social media, they are the morons who post non-stop updates on their pathetic lives as if people actually care.. If they go take a dump, they're gonna tweet it. Going to go pull one off?? Better tell the world on twitter. Going to eat? You had better put a picture of your plate on instagram! It's raining? Better let everyone know via a facebook status, because nobody else would have noticed that, CAPTAIN OBVIOUS TO THE RESCUE!!! I'd much rather have an extension that blocks retarded pictures that try and get mentally handicapped people to share/like/comment.. ie) some of the most commonly shared (facepalm) pics such as:
    "1 share= $100, 1 comment=$10, 1 like= $1, Keep scrolling=We kill a kitten" or
    "Like for Jesus, keep scrolling for Satan(translation: Like my picture or BURN IN HELL FOR ALL ETERNITY!! MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA)" or
    "comment 1 and see what happens to the picture! (Spoiler Alert: NOTHING. NOTHING HAPPENS. EVER!)
    Pretty much every time I sign into facebook I see something that makes me lose a little faith in humanity, but it's worth it because its just so f***ing funny!