Web application aims to stop inebriated Facebook use

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.

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