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Prevent Drunk Posts with Webroot’s Social Media Sobriety Test

November 4th, 2010

“Nothing good happens online after 1am.”

. . . So, clearly, we’re all very much in need of this funny sobriety test brought to us by Internet security provider Webroot. Offered as a browser add-on compatible with Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explore, and Safari, the Social Media Sobriety Test, when enabled, requires that you pass a simple test in order to gain access to all your networking sites like Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, Tumblr, and custom URLs determined by the user.

The tests include things like keeping your cursing inside a moving circle or counting to 30 while the images of different numbers appear on screen in an attempt to throw you off. Once the add-on is installed, the user has full control over which sites are blocked and at what time of day.

Since we might not all readily admit our drinking tendencies, this sort of thing could work well as a sort of intervention. Many a drunk update could be prevented if friends take initiative to install it for each other.

Seriously, though, this fully-functional joke is a pretty smart marketing ploy from Webroot. It’s funny enough to warrant a download, and when you fail or pass the sobriety tests, it offers to post a message on your wall visible to everyone. Depending on your results, it might say you’re “too intoxicated to post right now,” or it will post a congratulatory message declaring that you passed. And of course, the link to download the test appears right below each post. Once people follow the link, info about Webroot’s real antivirus security is never far away.

So there you have it, if you like your Internet security with a sense of humor, then Webroot is the way to go. If you’re all set in that regard, download the test anyway. It’s definitely good for a laugh.

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