'Unbaby.Me' Lets You Replace Those Boring Baby Photos on Facebook

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How many times has this happened to you: you're idly surfing around Facebook, and suddenly you come face to face with yet another drool-faced photo of someone's pwecious little baby. Talk about ruining your appetite! What are you supposed to have for lunch now, diapers? God, babies are so gross, and yet parents seem compelled to share every toothless grin Junior manages to plaster across his disturbingly dimpled face. UGH.

Well, if you truly dislike babies that much, great news -- there's an app for that! Or more accurately, there's a Chrome plugin for that. Thanks to Unbaby.me, you can now easily swap out those unpleasant baby images with photos of things that are far more appealing to you.

Such as cats. Or bacon.

If you use the Chrome web browser, the plugin sounds fairly easy to set up: just visit the Unbaby.me website and click the giant ADD TO CHROME button. Next, refresh your Facebook News Feed in order to witness the magic. Where once there was a disgusting human infant, now there is an adorable baby sloth!

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Basically, the plugin works by scraping your feed for common references to babies. For instance:

year old, so adorable, our family, cutest baby, learned to walk, years old, month old, months old, carseat, infant, too adorable, pajamas, solid foods, crawling, most baby, so cute, is precious, is too cute, diapers, too cute cutest baby ever, newborn, and mommy, looks like dad, beautiful baby, gerber, pacifier, tantrum, little angel

You can select whatever you want for the replacement images, as long as there's an image-based RSS for it. Actually, jokes about babies aside, that's the really interesting thing about the plugin -- you can enter whatever keywords you want for replacing images. So, for instance, you could swap out all the baby-related search terms with words that are associated with vacations, like this Slate writer did:

… when I’m desk-bound on a sunny August day, the last thing I want to see are my friends’ sunset-streaked snapshots of the damn Chichen Itza. So I tried replacing the baby-related keywords with terms like “vacation,” “beach,” “sights,” “island,” and, for good measure, “fun.” Then I changed the tag for the RSS feed from “cats” to “cubicles.”

Zap! All of my friends’ summers are now as boring as mine.

I probably won't be using this particular plugin any time soon, because I actually like seeing baby photos on Facebook, but it's a pretty clever idea. Actually, I might try it out for specific types of baby photos … for instance, I'd be happy to trade the inevitable OCD-triggering "child with spaghetti all over his face" photo for "picture of a giant Wet Wipe."

What do you think of this plugin? Would you ever use it?

Image via Unbaby.me



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Heath... HeatherMazzone

Anybody who hates babies that much doesn't need a "plug in", they need a punch in the throat. This article is disgusting.

the4m... the4mutts

Lord, have people really become so self-centered that they can't be bothered to be "forced" to look upon their FRIENDS pictures, and possibly even be happy for them?

One of my friends on fb has an incrediby UGLY baby, with a more than normal for a baby oversized head.

She posts at least 5 pictures a day.

She also suffered 4 misscarriages, had infertility issues, and is so, so happy with her ugly baby.

So I "like" her pics, and say things like "what a sweet smile he has!"

If you can't be happy for your friends, then you don't deserve those friends.

nonmember avatar guest

Only the person with the plug-in sees it, so no harm, it's just as pointless, dumb, and fun as anything else people post.

nonmember avatar kaerae

@4mutts has a point, but the flipside of that is that maybe a woman currently dealing with infertility or miscarriage doesn't really want to see all her friends' babies every single day, and she should have that right on her own page.

nonmember avatar kaerae

cont'd - She shouldn't have to unfriend just because it hurts her to have the constant baby reminders. If she were my friend, I would want her to have that option rather than worrying about hurting her every time I posted baby pics.

the4m... the4mutts

Kaerae- she could just remove them from her newsfeed, or only subscribe to status updates, and not pictures. Fb has lots of options now.

nonmember avatar Mel

All you angry people need to lighten up. :p

Meg Moore

i dont understand peopel who get upset by posting child related things on facebook..its the refelction of someones life (for the most part) and if someone has a baby that baby shoudl be a huge part of their life.

nonmember avatar zizzler

why would you do this when you can just adjust your filters? Do you really want a ton of RANDOM pics on your news feed, rather than snapshots from your friend's lives? I have plenty of babyphoboic friends but I would honestly give them SO MUCH sh!t for being this petty, ahahaha. Honestly, how immature, illogical, and self-centered would you have to be to use something like this? I don't like dogs much and hate cheesy overly religious "share this if you love jesus" pics on FB, but I don't even bother hiding them. I'd rather be in touch with the world, especially the world around my friends and family, even if it doesn't appeal to my specific interests. Is FB supposed to be about YOU or about your (hopefully diverse) community? eeesh.

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