Teen’s Internet plugin foils Twitter plot-spoilers

An Internet browser plugin called Twivo that uses keywords inserted by the user to intercept any plot-spoiling tweets.

By - May 10, 2013
Twitter Logo

Fed up with Twitter friends ruining the plots of her favorite TV shows, high school senior and budding software engineer Jennie Lamere took matters into her own hands.

She’s finalizing an Internet browser plugin called Twivo that uses keywords inserted by the user — like a show’s title or the names of characters and actors — to intercept any plot-spoiling tweets.

“I was just getting kind of annoyed how on Tuesday, when a lot of my favorite shows were on, I could never go on Twitter because it was filled with spoilers,” the 17-year-old from New Hampshire told the Los Angeles Times.

The concept was original enough for Lamere to win top honors at the TVnext hackathon, or a computer programming competition, in Boston last month, where she was the only female participant.

Lamere is a fan of “Dance Moms” and “Pretty Little Liars,” but like a growing number of TV viewers, she prefers to watch episodes on streaming services like Hulu after their original broadcast.

Lamere, who hopes to work for Google one day, is already using a beta version of Twivo, but ironing out some kinks before releasing it for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox in a few weeks.

More Internet news

YouTube paid channels unveiled

Dollars for digital jobs in Africa

Yahoo eyes Hulu after failed Dailymotion bid

Forum discussion

Shutterstock is the image partner of MyBroadband – more technology images

Join the conversation

Connect with Us

androidappletwitterfacebookgoogleplusfeednewsletter

Poll

Have you used WhatsApp voice calling yet?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

More News

MyBroadband launches DStv competitor

MyBroadband TV decoder with smartcard

MyBroadband has partnered with international content providers to launch MyBroadband TV – a DStv competitor offering over 100 channels for only R99 per month

Goodbye Sapa, thank you for the news

Sapa

After almost 77 years of providing constant news coverage, the SA Press Association is turning off the lights.

Microsoft Surface 3 announced

Surface 3

Microsoft has announced an addition to its Surface line of tablet PCs

IT salary survey launched

MyBroadband Header

MyBroadband has launched its latest salary survey, aimed at informing South African IT professionals what their peers are really earning

X

Newsletter Subscription


Name
Email *
Enter the following to confirm your subscription *
Captcha image


Free MyBroadband Newsletter
Subscribe
X
bool(true)