As the long-awaited premiere of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens approached last week, I was hit with a harsh reality: I’ve got to leave the internet. Shut down Facebook, avoid news sites, and shun most of my friends for the week, how else can I avoid spoilers?
Like many others, I’m attempting to avoid as many details about the movie as possible, big or small, so I can go see the movie completely clueless, ready for whatever happens. Even one stray plot point and my day could be ruined. Luckily, J.J. Abrams and Disney have kept the story buttoned up for us so far, giving us a unique chance of experiencing the movie like many did when A New Hope first premiered. But once the film starts making its way into the hands of those outside the innermost circles, well …
Use the Force
So how do you be a modern, connected person and still avoid spoilers? You need help. Thats’s why we built Force Block, a Google Chrome extension that uses smart pattern detection to analyze the web pages you visit, running the content through a database of Star Wars terms. If it detects too many related terms, or certain extremely potent terms, it will flag the page and give you a proper warning:
If you aren’t worried about the spoilers you can proceed anyway, or if it’s a page you trust, you can whitelist it from being blocked in the future.
And if you sense a disturbance in the extension feel free to email us or shoot us a message on Twitter.
May the Force be with you, always!