At the end of July, Facebook added a new tool allowing expectant parents to add their unborn child to their “Friends and Family” lists. There is now an Expected Child field where you can enter the due date, name, ultrasound pictures and other information for your baby-to-be.
In the past, there have been people that created profile pages for their unborn child – to me this seems creepy – not to mention the fact that it technically violates Facebook’s rule minimum age restriction of 13 years old. While we’re on that note, all too recently, I have seen WAY too many 4, 5, and 6 year olds creating Facebook pages. I think it’s rather absurd. Even for a child 8 or 9 years old, it seems too soon. Play outside with your friends, talk on your CELL PHONE, since you probably already have one, but why oh why, do you need to be creeping on Facebook…whew! Ok, got that off my chest for the time being…moving on…
While I think that a lot of people will use this new tool, I would say to ere on the side of caution with this one. While the announcement of a pregnancy is a very exciting time for your family and friends, it can also be done too soon. You don’t want to risk the world knowing the news only to learn that the pregnancy went south thus causing too much personal, or even sad information leaked over the internet. I know that on my Facebook profile, there are lots of people that I went to school with on there, that I’m “friends” with, but not really friends with whom I’d prefer weren’t allowed access to these moments reserved for close friends and relatives. That being said, I don’t know that it was ever necessary that they saw our ultrasound photos of Cohen or my belly pics. In my opinion, a blog is the best way to keep your friends and family in the know and it may also help the older generation who aren’t on Facebook to keep up with your life. We started www.theseidlerfamily.com and it has been a great tool to keep all our family updated on pregnancy, Cohen’s birth and the month’s since.
I’d love to hear what you think about the new tool on Facebook! Share your thoughts with me here? Would you put your unexpected child on your family list?