Sobriety Test: Stop yourself making drunken mistakes on social media sites

Most of us at one time or another have make a drunken mistake by using Facebook, Twitter or another social media site whilst under the influence of too much alcohol. You come back from a good night out, or a bad night, and send out updates that you usually wouldn’t dream of writing if you were sober.

Now there’s a useful innovation that helps people stop posting inappropriate comments after they’ve drunk too much. Laura Scott over on techdigest.tv reports on the “Social Media Sobriety Test” which has been launched by Webroot. It’s an add-on for Firefox and covers sites such as Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Flickr, YouTube and others and even web-based e-mail accounts.

When you activate the Sobriety Test you can block the use of whichever sites you choose by inputting the times of day you’re likely to use them while under the influence. If you then try to use those sites during the selected times you’ll be asked to perform a Sobriety Test to gain access, such as “type the alphabet backwards” or “drag your mouse in a straight line.”

This sounds like a really great idea and one that could benefit an awful lot of people. Although some drunken antics on social media sites are amusing, there are other updates that people have posted that have caused an awful lot of bother for them. For more on this go to techdigest.tv. Have you ever had a drunken rant on Twitter or Facebook that you’ve regretted the next day? Why not send us your comments on this.

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