Did ‘HIMYM’ Screw Over Its Fans on Facebook Last Night?
‘HIMYM’ Facebook fans who signed onto the social media hub last night without having seen the finale were greeted with this in their timeline. The image of Cristin Milioti as the Mother right in front of them shortly after the episode’s west coast airing.
This led to a fury of unsurprisingly upset fans commenting at how ‘HIMYM’s social media manager should be fired and crying in outrage over the so-called spoiler.
This all of course brings up the age-old question of when is something a spoiler on the web. Are the fans who signed onto Facebook without seeing the episode in the wrong — as they run the risk of it being spoiled by stepping onto social media?* Or should HIMYM have been more sensitive and given it at least a little bit more time before taking to their Facebook page?
*(I am of this opinion. It is up to the individual to avoid spoilers. If you step on any social media (Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr), you run the risk of finding out. Plus, this isn’t really a spoiler in terms of story because the only new thing we now know about her is what she looks like. Nothing happened with her really.)
Did the marketing and publicity reward outweigh the fact that, no, not everyone watches TV live anymore? Was this an event big enough to warrant the immediate placement and reaction?
It’s a question that’s gotten trickier as DVRs and Internet streaming service use have increased, but I maintain that once the country has reached a point where they could have seen it live (in this case, 8:31 pm PST) it’s your own damn fault if you missed it and see a “spoiler.”
That finale was such a let down anyway - the mother’s appearance wasn’t even exciting anymore in my opinion.