Game of Thrones season 7 is out of the cage, and that means in the upcoming weeks your Facebook feed will transform into a gauntlet of fun-ruining spoilers.
You could have never watched GoT, but you’re probably already aware of what happened in the first episode of season 7. You could probably even name which artist made a surprise appearance (Shape of you anyone?).
For many Game of Thrones fans in Pakistan who were planning to watch the 1st episode at a civilized hour, they discovered the hard way that it sucks to go on Facebook and Twitter before they watch a particular episode.
Fortunately, there are ways to avoid the breathless online commentary that makes you feel less warmly towards Game of Thrones season 7.
Here’s what you can do:
1. Mute Certain Keywords on Twitter
Hot off the press is Twitter’s new feature that enables you to mute specific phrases, words, and hashtags for a certain period of time. Follow the steps below to leverage this option.
- Go to Twitter.com and click “Settings and privacy” from your display image drop-down.
- Select “Muted words” > “Add.”
- Enter the word or hashtag you want to mute. Examples include #GoTSeason7 and #DemThrones.
- Choose “Home timeline” if you want to omit the phrase and word from your timeline.
- Choose “Notifications” if you want to omit the phrase or word from your Notifications. Specify “From only people I don’t follow” or “From anyone.”
- Below “For how long?” select between “24 hours from now, Forever, 7 days from now, or 30 days from now.”
- Choose “Add.”
- The mute time period will now show beside each entered hashtag or word.
Follow these steps to keep your Twitter alerts as silent as Hodor.
2. Install GameofSpoils
GameofSpoils is a blessing in disguise for Game of Thrones fans in Pakistan. The Chrome extension blocks out mentions of the show from Google News, Facebook, Twitter, Reddit and anywhere else people are having discussions about dire wolves or Tyrion Lannister. Whether you want to filter out specific GoT content or completely avoid every word about the show, this plugin will help you attain peace of mind to browse without worry.
3. Ignore, Don’t Read
I know it sounds like a long-shot, but you can become proactive in scanning your Facebook feed and Twitter timeline without actually reading each post or tweet completely. I often detect content referring to GoT because of specific wording or a visual associated with it. It’s challenging at first, but the more you practice, the more your eyes get trained to ignore social content related to the show and just scanning over what should be avoided.
Take steps now, so you can enjoy every upcoming episode. And remember, no matter what happens, we go forward, only forward.