Firefox addon aims to prevent social networking hangovers


Ever had a big night out, come home and jumped on Facebook, only to wake the next morning to discover your inebriated posts weren't such a great idea?

The AFP reports that help could be at hand, in the form of a new Firefox addon from Colorado-based developer Webroot.

Dubbed the "Social Media Sobriety Test", the free addon is aiming to prevent social networking hangovers by blocking a user's access to sites like Facebook and Twitter unless they can prove they are sober enough to pass a series of coordination tests.

Once installed, the addon asks the user to choose which services to block, and to nominate the times at which they are likely to be vulnerable to posting under the influence.

The coordination tests include keeping a cursor inside a moving circle or correctly identifying a series of flashing lights.

If a user fails they will be blocked from using a service and in the case of Facebook, the addon posts a status that reads: ''[Name here] is too intoxicated to post right now.'' However, the addon won't do anything to prevent mobile users from embarrassing themselves.

Google offers a similar service for Gmail users called ''Mail Goggles'', and Aussie mobile provider Virgin Mobile allows users to nominate a phone number they do not trust themselves to avoid calling or texting when drunk.

That number would then be "blacklisted" until 6am the following day, preventing any embarrassing drunken communications.

Update: The addon is also available for Safari, Chrome and Internet Explorer.

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eviltwigflipper said,
The first thing I do when I come home with a hangover is go to bed, not spend hours on facebook

Then you are doing it wrong. You don't come home with a hang over. You come home drunk, post your stupidity online, and then go to sleep. When you wake up, the headache and the results of the stupid online posting is the hang over.... concept fail... that or you just failed at pretending you have a night life. pick your poison

ILikeTobacco said,

Then you are doing it wrong. You don't come home with a hang over. You come home drunk, post your stupidity online, and then go to sleep. When you wake up, the headache and the results of the stupid online posting is the hang over.... concept fail... that or you just failed at pretending you have a night life. pick your poison


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ILikeTobacco said,

Then you are doing it wrong. You don't come home with a hang over. You come home drunk, post your stupidity online, and then go to sleep. When you wake up, the headache and the results of the stupid online posting is the hang over.... concept fail... that or you just failed at pretending you have a night life. pick your poison


My thoughts exactly.

It sounds so stupid but seriously, you must write a lot of stupid stuff to need something to block you off Facebook when you're drunk, lol.

''[Name here] is too intoxicated to post right now.''

Uh. Some people don't want that written in their status either.

And now, I bet half the comments here will be by people who think they're so much better because they don't use Facebook at all, or won't go on it after a night of partying.

The Gmail lab is called "Mail Goggles" not "Mail Googles."

I guess this could be handy. But like with many of these blockers, what is to stop the user from turning the add-on off if they really want access, regardless of their level of intoxication?

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Intrinsica said,
The Gmail lab is called "Mail Goggles" not "Mail Googles."
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Use the button Report a problem instead of complaining <3

My take is, that web-rot is pushing their adverts onto your profile, while you're "intoxicated"...used it for a sec, just to see what happened (I'm straight as an arrow), and sure enough, seemed like spam to me. Oh, and (of course) I passed with flying colors, so no lame posts on my wall...I can't really say if it worked or not, because after I passed the "test" (click-and-drag a straight line), it hung my FB session so bad, that I had to Task Manager>End Process>firefox.exe...so right away, I uninstalled it, and ccleaned right afterward. Fun times.

I dont see why people are hating so much. wow, its just a bit of fun, its not supposed to be mega serious. If you hate it so much, just dont install it and let other people enjoy themselves.

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That's why I shut off my computer before I go to a party where I might be drinking, and not turn it on until the next morning. Not that I ever want to get that drunk anyway.

Keep your computer safe: Don't drink and shell script!

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