I do not envy Santa Claus. Over the years, the big man only had to watch the actions of people in public to determine whether somebody was naughty or nice. With the advent of social media, he now has to be extra careful that seemingly nice people aren't being naughty on Twitter.
To help him out with his job, UK-based Forrk in conjunction with A Social Media Agency have put together a new Web site called Social Santa. The site will analyze your social media account and let you know how many times you've used "naughty" words on Twitter over the last year.
Go on, try it out. I'll wait, and then we can compare notes when you come back.
So, were you naughty or nice? Were you reminded of all the times that you dropped the f-bomb over the last year on Twitter? Personally, I was deemed naughty as the site claims I "swore a total of 49 times" over the last year. It would seem that f*ck is my favorite word among them with sh*t coming in at a close second.
Of course, the Social Santa app isn't perfect. It will flag you for words like "porn," "sucks," and "sex," even when they're not being used in a negative context. Still, most people are going to be using foul language in their intended context on Twitter and this app works well enough to track that.
Oh, and you may be interested to know that the vast majority of Twitter users, 7,011 of them to be exact, were considered naughty. Only 2,952 users were considered nice, but I'm sure they would fall into the naughty list as well if Santa had access to their browser history. Let's just hope Robot Santa never becomes a reality.[Image: Social Santa]