For many parents, having a child takes over their lives. It's a joyous occasion and we just can't get enough of our new bundles of joy. Our family are excited, our close friends are happy for us, and we spend a lot of time having the same conversations over and over with different people about how we're enjoying it, what the challenges are and so forth. It's easy to get lost in this little bubble of parenthood where you can forget that the most important thing in your life isn't necessarily going to register as all that important with everyone you know. Some people just aren't going to want to hear about your kids.
This has been amplified in recent years by the rise of digital technology and online sharing networks. Digital cameras and picture-capable mobile phones have made it easier than ever before to capture those golden moments with the little ones. (Well, maybe not phone cameras - the ones on my phones have been so slow to take the picture after the button is pressed that the munchkin has usually wandered off to do something else, and all I get is a blurry picture of her back.)
As for sharing, the options for doing this online are mind-boggling. I can post updates, photos and videos to Facebook to share with family and friends, or do the same on Twitter if I was inclined to share the same with a bunch of random strangers. (Tempted as I've been to show off my pride and joy, I don't do this, for reasons of privacy and safety.) I could also upload videos of her to YouTube, create a Tumblr for pictures of her or upload to FlickR, and blog about her development on WordPress. All of this is generally as easy as signing up and tweaking a few settings too - no need to set up a website with all that entails. I can even do almost all of this from my mobile too, which means doing it in real time, though for the record I don't tend to do much more than post photos and the occasional video to Facebook.
So with all these options available and almost no effort required to take advantage of them, the amount of sharing going on is reaching epic levels. This is fantastic for family and close friends who live overseas or even just in other cities to be able to share in the happiness, but for some it's more like a curse. If you're at a certain time in your life, then there's a fair chance that the spate of baby or child photos invading your networks is approaching epidemic proportions.
I've seen people on networks like Twitter referring to having unfriended or blocked people on Facebook for posting too much about their kids. Severing online ties with someone like that can be a dramatic step, so if you don't want to go that far, what can be done?
Perhaps the solution lies with this little Facebook app that my wife let me know about (for blogging purposes only, I assure you!). According to perezitos.com, an offshoot of celebrity Perez Hilton's site, you can now use unbaby.me to "detect baby pictures on one's Facebook and replaced those angelic faces with any picture one would rather see instead." I haven't been game to install it myself, so I can't comment on exactly what these preferred pictures are, exactly, but the article does mentions a dramatic gopher, so I assume the app takes a humorous approach.
So there you have it, one way to minimise the impact of all those baby photos. Do you need an app like this to filter your feed? Or maybe you're on the offending end of posting too much?
» Follow PG on Facebook
» Vote for PG in the Netguide Web Awards. Click the icon on the right to reach the voting page, and add the blog's URL in the Best Blog field, near the foot of the page.
Post a comment