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'Star Wars' Explodes on Social Media (and How to Avoid Spoilers!)
By: Jessica Cherok
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If you haven't seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens, stop reading and go see it right now. Not because this article contains spoilers, but because it is so much more awesome than anyone dared to hope.

The movie's awesomeness radiated across social media, in particular Facebook, where it was the most talked-about movie of 2015. According to Facebook's COO Sheryl Sandberg, over 53 million people posted about the movie in December, and over 35,000 Star Wars events were planned.

And those numbers were from before the weekend premiere.

Some analysts are predicting that Star Wars: The Force Awakens will earn nearly $2 billion at the global box office. It's certainly well on its way with the $238 million earned in the opening weekend. But ticket sales weren't the only measure of the movie's success. Disney partnered with Verizon and Google to help build hype around the film, which only added to the online fervor generated by Star Wars fans.

With all the online buzz it may be hard to avoid spoilers. Never fear; Google has a browser extension for Chrome that will block sites containing spoilers. You can also filter your Facebook feed to weed out certain keywords. These are desktop-only solutions, so still take care when browsing on mobile.


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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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