Finally! The Thrill of Watching TV with Friends, Only Without Friends

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Ever wanted to get the benefits of communal television viewing without having to actually spend time around other people? Well in that case, the iPhone and Android app “SocialGuide” is the app you’ve been dreaming of.

SocialGuide is based around what CEO Sean Casey calls the “two-screen experience”:

“More and more, TV watching is becoming a two-screen experience, where viewers are engaging with another device while watching TV. SocialGuide and its apps make it easier for TV viewers to decide which shows to watch, while also allowing them to interact with friends, fellow fans, cast members and athletes as they watch their favorite programming.”

Described as “the first real-time social guide and TV companion,” the app lists current programming ranked by the amount of conversation each show is generating on social media—you can limit that search to your personal social media contacts, in case you don’t want to be overwhelmed with American Idol spoilers—and offers the chance for users to add to the conversation via Twitter or Facebook.

SocialGuide as a company has actually been around for a while, and partnered with database company Tribune Media Services back in May to enhance its listing and programming guides, presumably in preparation for the launch of the free app.

Now, you can have friends telling you what you should watch on television no matter where you go—which is potentially a good thing… right?

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Graeme McMillan is a reporter at TIME. Find him on Twitter at @Graemem or on Facebook at Facebook/Graeme.McMillan. You can also continue the discussion on TIME’s Facebook page and on Twitter at @TIME.

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