Fri 12th of November 2010, filed under Social Media
App plays designated driver for Facebook users
Facebook and Twitter users who have fallen foul of posting embarrassing late-night drunken status updates will breathe a sigh of relief now a new app has been introduced just for them.
The Social Media Sobriety Test is a series of challenges designed to identify whether a user has had too much to drink. It then bans those considered over the limit from posting potentially-cringeworthy comments and statuses, replacing their activity with an optional message saying the user is "too drunk to post right now".
Included in the assessment is a challenge for users to guess how long 30 seconds is, and a task which tests hand-eye coordination by asking users to follow a moving finger with their mouse.
Don't drink and post
Security firm Webroot confirmed that the software can be fully customised to suit the schedule of the user, allowing for a more accurate sense of when they might be drinking.
A spokesman for the firm remarked that the application is a "fun reminder" that people should be fully responsible for their actions on social networking sites.
The official said: "It shows it's maybe not always such a great idea to tell all your Facebook friends - including your boss and mum - how you got wasted and fell over."
A recent study into Facebook behaviour found that boredom is the number one reason why people delete 'friends'. Being an online nuisance and annoying people was also discovered to be a top contribution to 'defriending' an acquaintance.