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Q: Sometimes, I wake up and find that I've sent emails to coworkers, friends and ex-lovers that I shouldn't have. How do I keep my own Mr. Hyde out of my inbox?

SocialMediaSobriety.jpgA: Drunk emailing and Facebooking are easily preventable in the same ways that DUI offenders are kept off the road: If you don't pass a test, you can't drive on the Internet superhighway.

Of course, hooking a breathalyzer up to your laptop can prove burdensome and be far from aesthetically pleasing. Luckily, there are programs that serve the same function. If you use Gmail, Google's Mail Goggles requires you to solve a few simple math problems before sending any potentially damaging notes. If you're some sort of drunken savant, however, who can solve quadratics while full of bourbon, you may want to look into smarter options.

As for Twitter and Facebook, there's a nifty new product called the Social Media Sobriety Test. And there's no math involved:

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Jared Keller is a former associate editor for The Atlantic and The Atlantic Wire and has also written for Lapham's Quarterly's Deja Vu blog, National Journal's The Hotline, Boston's Weekly Dig, and Preservation magazine. 

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