SOCIAL MEDIA: CAN YOU "WASH" IT?
Young people are growing up in the age of social media. It's amazing how "friends" are now able to share the events of their lives. However, some of the good times people are sharing on Facebook or tweeting on Twitter may come back to haunt them when they look for jobs or promotions.
It could be photos of Beer Pong, rants of profanity, or posts informing friends that you're not really sick on a sick day. Some of the biggest offenders are college students transitioning from campus to the workplace, bringing with them a history of bad behavior on social media.
Three college students have invented an app called SimpleWash. The app can be found at www.simplewa.sh. Note the unusual web address that puts the dot before the "sh". If you agree to the terms, SimpleWash will clean certain language from your Facebook timeline or your Twitter page. The app will either use its own list of questionable words, or you can customize the cleaning with your own list. Our simple test of SimpleWash seemed to work well, but there are limitations.
SimpleWash can't screen the pictures on your social media accounts. You know the ones, with pitchers, hand gestures, semi-lewd poses , etc. And, the app can't help you if someone has copied or shared your photos or posts. Still, with millions using social media without regard to how it might haunt their future, SimpleWash may be a useful tool.