My friends at Global News just asked my advice on spoiler alerts on social media. Now, I never profess to be a social media expert. How can you be an expert with something that is constantly changing? I prefer to think of myself as a social media explorer … But I Dahliagress …
So, they wanted to know the rules of spoiler alerts, because whether it’s binge watching, online streaming or PVRing, we consume TV and movies differently than we used to, since we’re no longer prisoners to the typical TV guide schedule.
To that end, it’s also easier for spoilers to creep into our social feeds (not to be confused with how your friends creep your Facebook feed – since you, of course, never creep theirs).
But when it comes to rules online, I told Global there are none.
When it comes to the Internet it’s the wild, wild Web.
People are more interested in getting likes, shares, retweets and follows than they are in keeping that plot twist a secret.
But what you have to keep a secret is when you promise your significant other you won’t watch Orange is The New Black without him or her … or whatever show you choose to lie about not watching. Just remember, if you do this, not only must you have a good poker face when you re-watch the show – and react to surprise scenes accordingly – but you must also make sure to go into your Netflix history and erase all evidence of shows watched.
And while you may try to steer clear of social media or add special filters to avoid spoilers, it may be harder to steer clear of friends and co-workers around you who don’t have filters. Because some things never change …