Trends. In the world of pregnancy and babies and kiddos, there are a lot of trends to choose from: Twilight-inspired names, non-kiddie nursery decor, gender-revealing cakes for baby showers ... really, tons o' trends out there. Millions of dollars are spent on starting trends, predicting trends, and following trends. Well, folks, I’m putting on my psychic hat (it is yellow, with silver and gold stripes, and has a peacock feathers) and predicting the next new baby trend. It isn’t a product you buy or a new name trend. Nope. My prediction: parents-to-be will start opening Twitter accounts and Facebook pages for their unborn babies.
Think about it. It is inevitable ... and this is going to be really annoying. What’s more: it'll just open up a whole mess of new social etiquette questions that I won’t know how to deal with.
Sure, we have heard about parents nabbing email accounts and domain names for their future kid ... and I have seen a few Facebook pages for pets (I am groaning too), but I haven’t yet seen someone start a Facebook page for the kiddo in the womb. I fear it will happen -- and happen soon. Profile pic: the ultrasound. First tweet: Hello, world. It’s dark in here.
There are already issues with moms and dads of kids on Facebook and Twitter, to friend or not to friend your tween, and so on. I shudder when I think about all of the etiquette questions about those still baking in the tummies. Do I have to friend my sister’s baby-to-be? Do I follow my co-worker's unborn spawn on Twitter? Do I respond to tweets as if I am really talking to the bambino-to-be ... because I know he isn’t typing the 140 characters.
It's one of those ideas that someone will do, thinking it's cute, adorable, funny. And it will be ... for 9.3 nanoseconds. Then it will be annoying and, let's face it, we are all not as funny as we think we are. The only people who will like it: the grandparents-to-be. The sad thing is they aren't on Twitter.
Would you open a Twitter account or a Facebook page for your unborn baby?
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