If you’ve ever worried about old tweets or Facebook posts coming back to haunt you but don’t have time to sift through years of posts to manually delete them a new app may be able to help. Clear connects with your Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts and analyzes your history, flagging posts with potentially inappropriate content. The app then provides a score based on how many posts it flagged.
Right now, the Clear app identifies troublesome posts based on keywords, such as profanity. It also zeroes on on posts that mention general groups — such as women or gay people. Czahor argues any mention of groups is where you’re likely to talk in generalities and stereotypes.
IBM’s Watson also uses sentiment analysis, highlighting posts it detects as using particularly negative language. The app then provides a score based on how many posts it flagged.
Interestingly, the app also highlighted tweets with complaints about specific products — the Motorola Droid 2 I had back in 2010 cropped up several times, for example — though I didn’t spot anything worthy of the delete button.
Of course, text updates aren’t the only type of potentially problematic posts. Photos and videos can be equally troublesome. Czahor said identifying photos is a feature “on our roadmap,” along with adding other social networks. The app currently has a waiting list right now — about 300 people as of this writing — but he says he anticipates most will be able to get into the app within a few days or a week.
In the meantime, Facebook and Twitter both recently rolled out improved search features — so you can more easily look for potentially embarrassing posts from your past either way. Read more…