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Don't drink and tweet: The new Social Media Sobriety Test

By Melissa Bell


A new Firefox add-on wants to be your friend. And friends don't let friends type drunk.

That's the premise behind Social Media Sobriety Test, a new plug-in from software company Webroot. It stops people from logging on to their computer late at night unless they are able to pass a sobriety test.

The sobriety test is based on the age-old police roadside drunk driver's test: saying the alphabet backwards, following a moving finger or tracing a straight line. Only in this modern-day equivalent, if you fail, the application automatically posts an update saying, "You are too intoxicated to post right now."

Although it could lessen the onslaught of weirdness my college-age cousins filter into my news streams, I worry what it will do for some of my favorite time-suck sites on the Web, such as Tweeting Too Hard, Lamebook and Facebook Fails. Thankfully, Texts from Last Night will still be sobriety-free.

But a word of warning: if you need a Web application to keep you offline while you're intoxicated, you might want to think of new ways to spend your Friday evenings. I recommend Amy Sedaris's book "Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People," for ideas.

Update: The plug-in also works for Safari, Chrome and Internet Explorer, so all you Web users can maintain non-alcoholic-induced news feeds.

(Thanks, Christine Friar!)

By Melissa Bell  | November 5, 2010; 10:39 AM ET
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