Are You Tired of Twitter Spoiling Television? Will You Join in Our Crusade?

The TV Addict has had it up to here with Twitter spoilers! For the second consecutive week in a row, an inconsiderate Twitterer (Tweeter?) has needlessly spoiled a piece of entertainment that we hadn’t yet gotten around to watching. Which naturally got us thinking: Wouldn’t it be nice if there was some sort of agreed upon Twitter etiquette (or “Twitterquette”) when it came to TV spoilers? You know, a universal unspoken gentleman’s agreement between TV Twitterati as to how one might wish to conduct themselves as a courtesy to others. We sure as heck think so. Which is why we took a few moments to scribble down four friendly guidelines that if followed, would go a long way into helping contribute to making Twitter a better place for all involved. See for yourself, after the jump.

Guideline #1: As a TV Addict who loves nothing more then to encourage folks to watch television live in a last ditch effort to support the Networks’ prehistoric business model, we’re 100% behind anyone and everyone who watches television live (Commercials Yah!). Thus, if you’re not home to watch a when it airs, those of us who are shouldn’t be held responsible for anything we tweet. In fact, the onus is on you to stay off Twitter, there will — thanks in no small part to the Networks’ continued insistence on further inundating our small screens with hashtag suggestions — be spoilers!

Guideline #2: Are you still reeling from last night’s plot twist on DEXTER? Can’t believe the famous small screen face that popped up during the the Muppet movie’s most emotional scene? Well, before you alert your Twitter friends to that very fact, take a moment and ask yourself the following: By tweeting this will I spoil the experience for others? Case in point, this morning. Less than 12 hours after last night’s episode of DEXTER aired, a well-respected member of the television community took it upon themselves to tweet the following, “Curious to hear what fans of [redacted actor to avoid spoiling for others] thought of her, um, interesting turn in last night’s #Dexter.” And while we of course have no problem with anyone tweeting their feeling as per a specific show, they could have just as easily refrained from ruining the experience for others with a few minor alterations like so, “Curious to hear what #Dexter fans thought of last night’s interesting turn”. See how that works?

Guideline #3: Our respect for those who have yet to watch a show live has its limits. Or to be more specific, we’re giving you 72 hours (3 days) to catch up on your favorite show. After which, any sympathy we may feel for spoiling anything will have completely dissipated. Consider this your one and only warning.

Guideline #4: Although not really spoiler specific, we figured that since we’re all about making Twitter a better place for all involved we’d end this little rant by requesting that people stop tweeting about the following celebrities if for no other reason than the fact that they’re famous pretty much sums up everything that is wrong with our culture: With thanks in advance to our very own Twitter followers for their two cents, can we all agree to put a stop to mentioning any and all members of the Kardashian clan, Courtney Stodden, Ashton Kutcher, Paris Hilton, and the casts of Twilight, TEEN MOM and JERSEY SHORE. #sosayweall

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  • I completely disagree. I think once a show has been aired on the West coast, it’s fair game. If you’re not going to watch live, that’s the risk you take. It’s your responsibility to make sure you avoid spoilers because people may be talking about it. I’ve kicked myself many a time because I decided to watch something over something else, and the next morning I was spoiled. But that’s my fault.

    In fact, I think you should let people who watch stuff live do what they want. After all, the networks pay attention to people who are watching live, much more than people who DVR. If they’re vocal, it’s the best way to make sure they know your favorite shows are being watched and enjoyed!

  • Raked,
    Having read the piece on your site, I just wanted to clarify something. There is big difference between writing about spoilers on a website/blog versus tweeting them out. Tweeting is an instantaneous form of communication and in my opinion should be handled entirely differently than a site or blog. People can choose to go to a site and get spoiled, if they follow you for whatever reason they can’t choose what tweets they see or don’t. Yes it’s easy to say, people should be prepared to be spoiled, that said, why not take a second and think before you tweet. After accidentally spoiling things on more than one occasion I sure as heck always do!

  • Fair point. But I do think that the rules should apply to Twitter, too. Writing in any form about the show should be fair game — Twitter or otherwise. I just think that if you’re not watching it live, that’s the risk you take. Being someone who watches way too much TV, I have to be careful what I end up seeing online — Twitter and otherwise. For example, Nick’s death on Secret Circle? It was totally my fault that I got spoiled on that one because I didn’t watch it live. But then again, that’s my fault, not theirs. If I were a fan watching that, I’d want to react, too (in fact, it’s taking all my power not to tweet about HIMYM right now). So I just know to avoid Twitter when I know it’s a show I don’t want to be spoiled on.

    I understand your point that people should be more careful. But after the West coast sees the show, I still think it’s ok to be reactionary.

    I’m happy to disagree on this one. But thanks for reading and drawing the line! And for writing the post. This is something I’m constantly debating with people. 🙂

  • I’ll also add that movies are completely different, and I have no firm thoughts on that. I know your “Muppets” reference above, and I certainly can see how that’d be a spoiler weeks after it was first released in theaters, so the “West coast” rule wouldn’t work. Personally, I’m still surprised that The Office spoiled “The Sixth Sense” years ago, even though that was released in 1999.