So, last night on How I Met Your Mother, we met.... the mother! I was going to post a picture of her, but decided against it because.. well, that's what this entire post is about.
One thing I love about social media is how I can watch my favorite shows and immediately discuss it with all of my blog/Twitter friends. I don't have to wait till I see my friends the next time. They're right there, ready to discuss. It's the best. Right, Emma?
When I signed onto Tumblr at approximately 8:32pm EST (two minutes after the show had gone off), there were at least ten pictures of the mother's face. I obviously didn't care, because I had been watching. But there were some angry, angry Tumblr-ers, let me tell you. Some were west coast people, some where cable-less people, and some just hadn't seen it yet.
This is pretty common though, right? The night that Ben and Leslie got engaged on Parks and Rec, the internet went nuts. But it was the same issue that night. People were mad that the internet spoiled the show for them.
So what are your thoughts on this? I've always been solidly in the "if you don't want to be spoiled, don't get on social media" camp, but lately I've started to change my mind. If I have thoughts I want to share, but they're spoilery, I try to put them under a 'Read More' option, so people can avoid them if they choose. But is there a window of time that you should wait before you post your thoughts on the internet? Does it vary by website? I don't want to give up discussing my shows on Twitter, but I'd be willing to wait a few days before I posted something on Tumblr or Blogger.
Also, is it different for movies? When The Dark Knight Rises came out, I narrowly avoided spoilers a lot. I rarely see movies the weekend they come out (crowds? no thanks.), but by waiting, do I open myself up for it to be spoiled for me? How long should a movie be out before it's okay to discuss it openly? The weekend? A week? A month? I'm not sure.
So what are your thoughts here? Is there a window where it's considered courteous to keep your mouth shut? Or is it your responsibility to avoid spoilery things as much as you can?