When you come home from a booze-soaked night, is the first thing you reach for (after that bag of chips) your computer? Instead of Facebooking your ex or insulting a tangential friend of a friend, there’s a new safeguard you can put in place to prevent something you might regret in the morning.
Enter the Social Media Sobriety Test from Webroot. You can download the free Firefox add-on, set the time that you are likely to be intoxicated, and choose the social media site you’d like protection against (Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr and Flickr are among the other listed sites besides Facebook).
When you try to log on to one of the protected sites, the plug-in will ask you to pass a simple test, like keep the computer cursor inside a moving circle, or type the alphabet backwards, before being able log in.
“Nothing good happens online after 1am,” is the opening text on Webroot’s website. “Put an end to the embarrassment that follows regrettable, late night posts.”
I’m skeptical if this test is more gimmicky than useful, but hey, I took the finger test sober and it was kind of fun so at least the entertainment value is there.
I also appreciate that the company seems to have a sense of humor about their product as evidenced by the brief tutorial video on their site and the hilarious tweets displayed on the scroll bar to the right (“Day number 2. Still drunk! Lmaooooo”).
“Protecting you from all possible threats – even yourself,” says the narrator in the video on their site. Is this something you would ever use?