There's a pretty big movie coming out Thursday, maybe you've heard of it? It's called "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." It's the first new "Star Wars" movie since 2005's "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith," and Disney is supporting it with a characteristically low-key marketing push.
But seriously, now that advanced screenings are underway, the thoughts of die-hard fans now turn to how to avoid the "The Force Awakens" spoilers that lurk online. Turns out, there's an app for that, or at least a browser extension.
If you want to avoid "Star Wars" spoilers this week, it may be best to stay off the internet. The first reviews are up, with many more being shared on social media. Rather than go to those extremes, try the Force Block: The 'Star Wars' Spoiler Blocker Chrome extension. The extension uses an algorithm that searches for particular keywords that blocks sites or pages that may contain plot details. Users can select to go to the page anyway or add pages that are excluded from Force Block. The extension also includes keywords from people who have seen "The Force Awakens" through one of the various advanced screenings ahead of its official release.
Websites are not the only place where "Star Wars" spoilers may live. Social media is a major hub of "Star Wars" plot reveals, which is why Unspoiler is a good Chrome extension to have installed on your computer. The extension replaces tweets, Facebook posts and other items across the web with a spoiler tag. You can select keywords -- "Star Wars," "The Force Awakens," "Finn" or "Kylo Ren" -- for Unspoiler to search for on a website, Twitter or Facebook.
For mobile browsing, there's an app that will block "Star Wars" spoilers from Twitter. Spoiler Block is available for iPhone and Android devices. Users just to have add any text that they want blocked.
Most importantly, avoiding "Star Wars" spoilers is up to the user. Many people are excited about "The Force Awakens," which means there will be plenty of discussion regarding the movie, especially when theaters begin public screenings Thursday. For any website, "Star Wars" brings in a lot of readers. To avoid spoilers, it may be best to use some common sense and change some surfing habits.