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Twitter gets its own 'swear jar'

By Jennifer Van Grove
SwearJarr tracks curse words on Twitter.
SwearJarr tracks curse words on Twitter.
  • A new website called SwearJarr tracks swear word use on Twitter
  • The app publishes a list of potty-mouth celebrities
  • SwearJarr aims to collect money for charities, which change each month

(Mashable) -- As a kid, my mom made my brother and I put 10 cents in a swear jar each time a "bad word" escaped our lips.

New service SwearJarr applies the same curse-word fiduciary punishment logic to potty-mouthed Twitter users.

SwearJarr is a simple site with a simple purpose -- to clean up Twitter for a good cause. SwearJarr operates with a self-policing model, so Twitter users can check their own tweets for curse word violations by inputting their Twitter names.

The self-righteous Twitterers among us can also use the site to become an honorary member of the swear police and notify other Twitter users of their swearing violations.

The website suggests a scaled monetary donation per profanity, where the worst bad words cost more, although users can choose to donate any amount of their choosing. SwearJarr then splits the monthly proceeds between two charitable organizations; new charities are chosen at the beginning of each month.

The site estimates that, on average, there are 475,200 swear words tweeted per day, which means that there is definitely potential to do some good with the money raised by the foul language on Twitter.

So, even though Twitter will never become a curse-free medium, perhaps your charitable SwearJarr donations can equalize the effects of the less refined words you use in your tweets.

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