It’s surely a First World Problem, but it sucks, doesn’t it? You have a family function on the night of the “Walking Dead” finale, so you DVR it, only to have the surprise ending revealed by a dumbass on Twitter!
17-year-old Jennie LaMere may have saved you from such a fate.
Jennie entered a Hackathon event in Boston and wrote code for the Goggle Chrome browser that could block you from seeing any tweet revolving around “Walking Dead”, or any other show you don’t want revealed. She calls her new code “TwiVo” and it took home top honors at the TVNext HACK event in Boston late last month.
The student at the Academy of Notre Dame in Nashua, NH, LaMere was the only female competing at the hackathon in Boston in April. Hackathons (which have nothing to do with illegal hacking) bring together programmers, developers, and designers, who compete to code an innovative new program in a limited amount of time.
According to Mother Jones:
LaMere took her subcategory, “best use of sync-to-broadcast” and then the overall “best in show,” which earned her swag including iPad minis and an Apple TV. She beat out professional developers sent by the event’s sponsors, including ESPN, the Echo Nest, and Klout. She came up with the idea for Twivo the night before the competition, and it took her 10 hours and 150 lines of code to complete. It works as an extension to the Google Chrome browser: A user can type in the key words she would like to block, and for how long, and make those Tweets disappear. 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.