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.

Explore further: Bing no longer a search-engine blip

Related Stories

Gmail tool catches misdirected messages

Oct 13, 2009

Google on Tuesday added an embarrassment-avoidance tool that catches misdirected Gmail messages before they are fired off by users of the free Web-based email service.

Privacy group files FTC complaint on Google Buzz

Feb 16, 2010

(AP) -- A privacy watchdog group complained to federal regulators on Tuesday about Google's new Buzz social networking service, saying it violates federal consumer protection law.

Recommended for you

Slow start, gradual improvement for US Internet gambling

6 hours ago

Internet gambling is off to a slow start in the United States, with banks hesitant to handle credit card payments for online bets and some politicians and casino moguls pushing to ban it, but there remains potential for great ...

User comments : 1

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

random
not rated yet Nov 09, 2010
And if you fail the test six times in one week the app redirects you to alcoholics anonymous.

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.