It's Time to Wash Your Face(book)!

Posted on January 29th 2013

It's Time to Wash Your Face(book)!

So what do you when your face gets dirty? Well, you wash it. And now you can wash your Facebook, too! Yes you heard me: you can make your Facebook profile dirt-free, and the best part? All it takes is a free app.

While we are all busy working on our SocialGlamor, our posts can be funny at times but can also be detrimental when your future-interviewer sees them. The service scans your posts, timeline, and tagged photos to make sure nothing incriminating is going on, and warns you if it finds anything.

Three Kent State University undergrads created Facewash, a web app that cleans your profile of incriminating content to give you a "fresh face." The app allows users to search the profile with a "profane word" list, a precompiled set of offensive or distasteful terms. You can also input your own words, and the returned results are displayed in categories such as "links that you have liked" or comments.

Users have the option to either delete or change privacy settings. Here are the steps:

 Facebook facewash app

  • Click "Allow" on the next popup

Facebook facewash app
Note: if you click "Skip," all sections will work except for "Comments posted on your wall"

  •  Click "Start"

Facebook facewash app

  • Click the text in the result you want to clean up to go to the actual post on Facebook
  • Clean up the post however you would like

This project is still in Beta stage but still worth testing andcleaning up some dirt away. I was surprised how much mess I had on my Facebook page!

The same service for Twitter will be launched soon, so keep an eye out.


Khalid Raza

Professional, IBM

Khalid is working as Social Business Program Manager, Social Learning evangelist and Enterprise Community Manager at IBM. He supports the efforts of IBM's Social Business Management Council, Brand Systems, Cyber Security and Privacy organization to define IBM's Social Business policies and deliver specific programs that position IBM as the global leader in the application of Social Media and collaboration tools.

He loves to talk about anything social and how to use it within organizations. The postings here are his own and doesn’t necessarily represent IBM’s positions, strategies or opinions.

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Kent Ong
Posted on January 29th 2013 at 10:16PM

Great tool. Just tried. But cannot wash away photos that tagged by spammers.

Posted on February 4th 2013 at 7:19AM

Oh that is a good point. As I said the final product may have these features. Thanks for trying it and sharing along your perpective Kent.

Posted on January 30th 2013 at 7:12AM

Superb article, Loving the information on this article. Appreciate it for letting me know.

Thanks for sharing!!

Posted on January 30th 2013 at 6:27PM

Sounds like a really helpful app for people looking for jobs. Tagged college photos may not look all that great for potential employeers. I wonder if there is something like this for business pages too? I think customer review sites will eventually have something like this. 

Posted on February 4th 2013 at 7:24AM

Stepehen - That is a good point and may be the next evolutio phase but I wonder if business pages would need it anyhow as the content there is a always scrutinized and then shared. I am waiting for the Twitter app to come out but I still feel the major impact will be in facebook as that is more informal and people tend to slip there ;-)