Web tool aims to prevent day-after Facebook regrets

Nov 08, 2010
A screen displays the logo of the open-source web browser Firefox. A Web security company is offering a free tool designed to prevent users of social networks from posting embarrassing drunken messages online. The "Social Media Sobriety Test" is a free plug-in for Firefox Web browsers.

A Web security company is offering a free tool designed to prevent users of social networks from posting embarrassing drunken messages online.

On the premise that "Nothing good happens after 1:00 am," the tool from Colorado-based Webroot promises to "put an end to the embarrassment that follows regrettable, late-night posts."

The "Social Media Sobriety Test" is a free plug-in for Firefox Web browsers.

It requires a user of Facebook, , Twitter, Flickr, or Tumblr to perform a coordination test before being allowed to access the service.

The tests include keeping a cursor inside a moving circle or correctly identifying a series of flashing lights.

If a user fails they will be blocked from using a service.

Sobriety Test users can set the hours they would like the blocking tool to be in force.

also offers a tool for its Gmail service designed to prevent users from sending drunken emails. "Mail Goggles" forces users to solve five simple math problems in less than a minute in order to send a Gmail missive.

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And if you fail the test six times in one week the app redirects you to alcoholics anonymous.

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