We love the Olympics. We really do. But we acknowledge that not everyone shares our enthusiasm for the games.
Or the spoilers.
While NBC is live-streaming many of this year's events online, the opening ceremonies will not be shown live in the Unites States.
So while Twitter might be buzzing with comments on Danny Boyle's Olympic kickoff spectacular in the middle of the day state-side, American viewers won't get to actually see the ceremony until a primetime tape-delayed airing.
For those who would like to avoid spoilers -- or simply don't get olympic fever -- we've put together a list of tools to help shut out the Olympics onslaught.
It's a Chrome extension but it goes a bit deeper than that. Proxlet lets you decide what you want to see, and what you don't right on Twitter.com. Proxlet accesses your account securely and lets you filter your own stream, from users to hashtags to keywords. It'll work across all platforms.
Sick of status updates about Kate's dress? If you're using Firefox with Feed Filter you can eliminate posts with specific words from your Newsfeed. Feed Filter also lets you limit duplicate posts, so if you don't care about the latest thing going viral, you don't have to see it ten times.
Filttr is like Twitter remastered. though it's technically still in a Beta phase, connecting your Twitter account essentially files in your normal stream, but edits it for repeats and selected phrases. Best of all it feature and "blacklist" and "whitelist" section that lets you decide what terms you want more or less of.
Mixero does a lot of things well, combining multiple social feeds into one, but also lets you easily turn on or off your filtering preferences. Maybe you won't want to see #RoyalWedding tweets tonight, but you will at 6 a.m. With a simple click Mixero lets you decide when to filter and when not to.
TweetDeck's great for organizing lists, but did you know you can use it to filter out tweets from people, from sources and containing specific words? Just set your choices in Global Filters, under Preferences, however you like.
The filter options might not be as advanced, but Seesmic allows you to organize your Tweets in a manner that will keep Kate and William out of your stream, eliminating sources who are obsessed with British Royalty.