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Need to Clean Up Your Social Media Presence? Get a 'SimpleWash'

Feb 11, 2013

Got a Facebook profile with vulgarities or embarrassing content you shouldn't have posted? Now there's a way to clean them up.

A trio of Kent State University undergrads have put together the "SimpleWash" app, formerly called FaceWash, that'll search through a user's Facebook activity (the service is coming soon to Twitter) and content for items that the user may want to hide or delete. That could include status updates, photo captions, comments that users left or received, and pages and links that were liked.

"We realized that there's a lot of content that perhaps someone might not want a future employer to see," Daniel Gur, 22, said in late January.

Gur created the app over a weekend with two friends and fellow computer science majors from his school: Camden Fullmer, 21, and David Steinberg, 24. The three built then-FaceWash in less than two days while at a hackathon at the University of Pennsylvania.

To use SimpleWash, users first need to go to its website, http://simplewa.sh, click "Get Started" and log into their Facebook account if they aren't logged in already.

The user will be prompted to click "Go to App" and then give the app permission to access the user's contents.

Search for a term and the app starts looking through all of the user's profile content. If SimpleWash finds a match, it'll show it to the user and link the posts so the user can easily delete a status or remove a picture.

The site launched Jan. 20, so it's still in beta phase, and users may encounter minor glitches.

The three students said they hope to keep expanding SimpleWash and keep adding features to it. Next up, Gur said the team wants to make the app capable of looking for content in other languages so more people can use it.



Source: (C) 2013 The Virginian-Pilot and The Ledger-Star, Norfolk, VA. via ProQuest Information and Learning Company; All Rights Reserved


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