You don’t have to give up social media completely during the Olympics to avoid hearing spoilers and results before they air. On Friday afternoon, I went through the folks I’m following on twitter and removed all major news outlets. I sent a tweet listing the media outlets I had just unfollowed, then I favorited my own tweet. This way it will be easy for me to refollow those media outlets once the games are over.
Removing media outlets from your account temporarily will help, but won’t prevent you from seeing retweets or spoilers from other people you follow. It’s not like they’re maliciously trying to ruin your Olympic enjoyment – it’s just probably not as important to them to be able to watch a race without knowing the result, or maybe they’re in different time zones etc.
To be able to tweet back and forth with your other Olympic obsessed pals – free of the fear of spoilers, your best bet is to create a list of just those folks, and then view that list in a 3rd party app like Hootsuite. That way, you’re only seeing the messages from your other Olympic nerd pals. Here’s how to do it: