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Twitter account provides spoilers for Clickbait Headlines

Clickbait spoilers

There’s a lot of words written online. We should know – we’re responsible for thousands of them, though to put that into perspective, that’s still a teeny-tiny percentage.  An infographic from 2009 reckoned it would take 57,000 years of non-stop reading to absorb everything on the internet.

Well, I for one don’t intend to spend my 57,000th birthday reading someone’s obnoxious online dating profile (well, unless I could find another equally attractive 57,000 year old singleton – or 56,998 year old: age ain’t nothin’ but a number, afterall) and thanks to a spoiler-ific Twitter account, it’s become a lot easier to sort the wheat from the chaff when it comes to online content.

Saved You a Click follows 150 news outlets on Twitter and retweets their most clickbaity headlines with a quick spoiler, saving you the click and your time – and costing them their ad revenue. Clickbait, for those who don’t know, is when a media outlet gives a curious headline, without the actual substance of the story – an exact inverse of what a headline used to be.

So if I wrote a story about a squirrel winning the lottery (note to self: write a story about a squirrel winning the lottery), I could post it with the headline ‘You’ll never guess which woodland critter just won the lottery…’, and you’d wearily click the link to get your answer. Then you’d perk up, because I’d crudely Photoshopped a top hat and monocle onto a squirrel for you. You’re welcome.

Anyway, Saved You a Click gets around that in a surprisingly succinct and amusing way. Here are some of our favorites.

Follow @SavedYouAClick on Twitter.

Photo: Karen Roach/Shutterstock.com

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