Most Facebook users have embarrassing comments or status updates hidden in the depths of their social network profile - long forgotten but not gone. So why not tidy up a little with the new FaceWash web app?
The service, which is geared primarily toward recent graduates, aims to delete your seedy Facebook history before you enter the professional world.
A few simple clicks of the mouse will wash your social network's mouth out with soap via FaceWash's precompiled list of "dirty" words (sex, drugs, cursing), or a personalised word list into which users have full range over what terms they'd like to eliminate.
The app will search through comments posted on your wall or remarks left on photos you've been tagged in, as well as photos you've posted, links and pictures you've liked, status updates, and pages of which you are a "fan."
Results are returned in conceptual chunks, highlighting specific terms and providing a direct link to the post, where users can delete or privatise the message.
FaceWash is the brainchild of Kent State grads Camden Fullmer, Daniel Gur, and David Steinberg, who frame it as a service for college students with something to hide, but no time to hide it themselves.
"You spent the last four years being a college kid. And that's wonderful. But a lot can happen in four years, and Facebook never forgets," the website description said. "Wash away all those dirty little jokes and beer talk, those late night snapshots, those forgotten 'likes.' Keep track of all the dirt and grime that attaches to your social self."
When I put the FaceWash app to the test, it almost immediately returned results (right) from my own status updates, pages I am a fan of, and my photos - all with innocuous words either taken out of context or not rising above the level of "butt."
Meanwhile, comments posted on my wall and links and photos I've liked came up clean.
While the service is simple, fast, and probably a good idea for 20-somethings looking for a job, it doesn't cover all the bases. FaceWash's biggest drawback lies in its text-only searches; those photos of you playing beer pong and throwing back shots will still be available to anyone looking hard enough.
Of course, you could always just tighten up those privacy controls, but you never know which "friend of a friend" might see your updates or snapshots; just ask Randi Zuckerberg.