In my day we used to tell our friends ,”Don’t drink and dial.”
Now with all of the new technology you may be regretting that drunken tweet from Friday or tagging a photo from a party that may be etched into the world of the web for years to come.
I just read on CNN that help is just a download away.
“the Social Media Sobriety Test,” a free Firefox plug-in from online-security company Webroot, lets users name sites, like Facebook and Twitter, on which they’d like a little oversight.
Set the hours you feel most likely to give in to booze-fueled temptation, and the plug-in will ask you to pass a simple test before being able log on.
“Nothing good happens online after 1a.m.,” reads the Web page for the add-on, promising to help “put an end to the embarrassment that follows regrettable, late-night posts.” Isn’t this how Facebook was conceived in the first place…?
“Pass a simple test to prove you’re sound of mind,” it says. “Post away or, if you fail, maybe just go to bed.”
The site also lets users set up the test on Myspace, photo site Flickr, blog host Tumblr and YouTube. The user can manually add other social-media sites to the list.
As evidence of the need for its service, the app’s page features a scroll of what appear to be Twitter posts that could have been avoided. I could have submitted a few of the examples from my own ‘Wall” of shame.
The feature is similar to Google’s “Mail Goggles” That app requires Gmail users who install it to solve math problems before sending booze-soaked messages late at night on weekends. Heck I amy not pass that sober!