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ZombieTweet – A Delayed Fuse for Twitter

Live tweeting can cause all kinds of issues. If you’re behind on a TV show, need to stay in the dark about a sports result or just have such a strong, fast-paced feed that even a few hours away can cause you to miss reams of interesting, funny or even crucial tweets, it’s a bit of a nightmare.

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Now a team of web and mobile software developers have come up with a solution: ZombieTweet. Once active, the application will ‘record’ all the tweets which appear on your feed relating to a subject matter of your choosing, The Walking Dead, for example. While this mode is active you won’t see any of the pertinent tweets on your feed, then when you've watched the episode or whatever else, press ‘play’ and up they pop.

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Beyond spoiler-blocking, this concept has wider, more interesting implications. Journalists could use it to compile data for a news post, compile all the most relevant responses to a particular event or just weave a particularly vitriolic Twitter battle into a cohesive narrative.

In some ways it’s similar to ‘blacklisting’, something you can do on Tumblr via various different apps, some official, some unofficial. Blacklisting simply allows you to highlight tags relating to content you don’t want to see, making it similarly useful for avoiding spoilers, but also allows you to filter out material relating to things that don’t interest you, or even irritate you.

ZombieTweet would also be particularly effective where NSFW (Not Safe For Work) posts are concerned. While they aren't necessarily as common on Twitter as they are elsewhere, NSFW posts are still a bit of a gauntlet, so being able to keep them contained until you can get somewhere where you can look at them without horrifying/offending/arousing anyone who might be looking over your shoulder would certainly be useful.

The app is still currently in the alpha stage and will likely still have the odd bug here and there, but the developers are still keen for people to start breaking it in. You can get it for free here.

Callum Davies

Callum is a film school graduate who is now making a name for himself as a journalist and content writer. His vices include flat whites and 90s hip-hop. Follow him @CallumAtSMF

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ZombieTweet – A Delayed Fuse for Twitter Reviewed by Callum Davies on Thursday, February 05, 2015 Rating: 5
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