Teenager Wins Coding Competition with TV Spoiler Twitter Hack
May 08 2013 05:36 pm CET
For the spoiler-phobic among us, logging on to Twitter when you aren't caught up on a show can be hazardous. Fortunately, a 17-year-old from New Hampshire has come up with a solution and she (yes, SHE) won a hackathon with her creation.
Mother Jones reported on 17-year-old Jennie Lamere, the sole female competitor in this year's TVnext Hack event, on Wednesday. With an idea that came to her the night before the competition, Lamere wrote the code for a Google Chrome extension called Twivo, which allows a user to temporarily block tweets with specific keywords to avoid television spoilers.
What makes this handy is the temporary nature. For example, this past Monday I placed myself on Twitter lockdown because I knew I was not going to be able to watch the finale of RuPaul's Drag Race until Tuesday morning. Although I could mute hashtags like #DragRace and #TeamJinkx, only tweets that include those hashtags would be affected. With this extension, any tweet with Drag Race, Alaska, Reunion, RuPaul would be blocked and I could go on with the rest of my Twitter business.
The extension is not ready for public use just yet, but Lamere does have a tech company working with her to handle marketing. Way to go, Jennie!
Mike McComb – TVLatest.com
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