Testing the Social Media Sobriety Test Plugin for Firefox

Every Saturday and Sunday morning, millions of college students and adults wake up, orient themselves, realize the extent of their hangover and then quickly check Facebook and Twitter. The popularity of smartphones and acceptance of using Twitter and Facebook while socializing creates a hazard when alcohol becomes involved – a hazard that, up until now, is disastrous as people tweet, update and comment things they would never say while sober.

Webroot, an internet security firm, recently launched the Social Media Sobriety Test to resolve this problem. A plugin for Firefox and an adaptation of the famous Google Mail Goggles, this new app prevents you from posting during a certain time of day unless you can prove you’re sober and can make conscious, clear decisions, such as typing the alphabet backwards.

I don’t even know if I could type the alphabet backwards while sober.

Unfortunately, best of luck if you make your way to download the plugin. The download button wasn’t visible, and the preferences are actually set-up via the website, instead of via “add-ons” from Firefox, and they don’t seem to be working correctly at that. I was only able to attempt to set up my Facebook “sobriety” settings, as I could not select my other social networks. I also could not change my settings, such as the time – it was defaulted between 10pm and 4 am, and the analog javascript clock implemented to flip to another hour was significantly lagging and freezing. The preferences page also prompts to login to Facebook to “save” these settings, but it froze after I rejected Webroot’s prompt to post a status about using the Sobriety Test.

After that point, I navigated away from the preferences page, and there was not an easy way to get back to the settings page – the plugin has “preferences” greyed out when accessed via the add-ons menuĀ  from Firefox, which is disappointing because this plugin could be fun to use – and, as many experienced with Google Mail Goggles, embarrassingly useful. Personally, I’m looking forward to a stronger and more effective UI to see the potential of this plugin.

What do you think about the “Social Media Sobriety Test?” Will you use it to protect your tweets, or will the install merely test your patience?