With the main release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens set to release on Friday 18th December, many fans will be worrying that they will run into someones tweet whilst searching through Twitter. However, for users of Chrome (for Firefox users see below) there is a way to block any tweets that mention Star Wars by using a filter extension specifically for Twitter.
Firstly, head to the Play Store and download the Open Tweet Filter extension by Ricardo Stuven. It’s the one I have been using for a few years now to prevent spoilers for Games of Thrones and other TV Shows or films that I know people are bound to post spoilers for on Twitter, and it does a great job. Once you have downloaded and installed the extension, login to your Twitter account and select your Profile and Settings area.
Once you select Filters, a window will open where you are able to add as many filters as you like that you think may contain spoilers for Star Wars, or any other TV Show, Film, football result etc that you don’t want to see.
Add the filters, separated by a comma, then simply close the window by clicking the ‘X’, at the top left. Here is an example of the filters I am using for Star Wars spoilers on Twitter:
StarWars, #StarWars, #TheForceAwakens, #Jedi, #Skywalker, #Vader, #DarthVader, Jedi, Vader, DarthVader, TheForceAwakens, The Force Awakens, Star Wars, thedarkside #darkside
You can also backup the filters you are using, by simply clicking and dragging the OpenTweetFilter Settings to your Bookmarks bar. That way if you ever remove them accidentally then you just have to double-click on that to have then added back in your filters again.
I was also going to cover how to do this in Firefox using the Larry Filter for Twitter, but unfortunately the filter didn’t block the words that I added to the lists and were still showing, even though I elected to hide them and not just reduce the opacity. So for now, this article is aimed just at Chrome users. Firefox users are welcome to try out the Firefox extension by Woodgate, but bear in mind it doesn’t stop all of the spoiler words.