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Teen Wins Hackathon With Twitter Spoiler Blocker And Gets Picked Up By Tech Company

If you love to tweet while watching TV shows, you probably have a healthy hatred of spoilers – particularly if you live on the West Coast. (Those East Coast folks seem to delight in ruining shows for the of us, don’t they?)

But very soon, that could all change. A teen just won a hacking competition by submitting a “spoiler blocker” for Twitter – and she’s calling it Twivo.

The Huffington Post shares that 17-year-old Jennie Lamere “entered the TVnext Hack event in Boston and not only won her category, ‘Best Use of Sync-To-Broadcast,’ but also won Best In Show,’ beating out professional developers with Twivo.”

Here’s how Twivo works: It’s an extension of Google Chrome that lets users type in key words they would like to block and for how long. Tweets containing those words are then blocked from the feed. So, if you’re not watching “Game of Thrones” at 9 p.m. on a Sunday but still want to be on Twitter, enter the key word “Game of Thrones” and you won’t see the tweets that could spoil you.

Lamere talks about the plug-in at 3:30 in the video below:

Who is Lamere? Mother Jones share that she’s a “high school senior from Nashua, New Hampshire, who likes building robots, hiking, and entering hackathon competitions.”

In the screenshot below, Twivo has blocked out Twitter references to one of Lamere’s favorite TV shows, Lifetime’s Dance Moms (the Twitter accounts that are more prominent, like the official Dance Moms account, automatically appear larger.) Once a user is done blocking the show, the Tweets reappear. Lamere says the program is still in demo form and won’t be ready for another two or three weeks, but she’s already been approached by Furious Minds, a tech company that intends to help her market the final product.

And here’s how it looks! Are you looking forward to it being available? I am!

(Image from Shutterstock)

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