Friday, September 10, 2010

Dude's View - Facebook Baby Overload

I’d like to apologize to Dude’s View Nation for slacking on my duties over the last week and a half. If you don’t accept my apology, you are no longer welcome to read this or anything further. Just kidding - ish.

This topic has been on my mind for months and though I don’t usually don’t shy away from a touchy subject; it took me a while to muster up the courage to attack. Let me preface this by saying that I am not a huge Facebook fan (that’s a conversation for another day), however when I do log on, I have seen a major change in people’s status updates and photos. My feed used to be filled with good one-liners, an occasional joke and a zillion updates about how some addict was doing in “Farmtown”. It then evolved into an engagement-wedding-honeymoon message board. Now signing in is like watching TV during an election year. I’m subject to endless campaigns asking for my vote for someone’s kid in “my baby is the cutest….baby in the state…baby born on a Wednesday…baby who wears diapers” contest. Odds are if you have to beg for votes, your baby isn't the cutest. Ouch.

In addition, I sometimes mistake my Facebook feed for some of these kid’s personal Kodak galleries. I already saw you take your first poop, your first trip to the mall, your second trip to the mall, your 3 week birthday, your 3 week and 1 day birthday...(get the point?). Welcome to Overkill-ville. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not the Facebook Baby Grinch, however I know I represent what the masses want to say to these parent’s faces, but instead do behind their backs.

In business, it’s very easy to present the problem, but coming up with the solution is where the fortunes are made. Well, here you go folks. Here are a couple of solutions to the problem from this Dude’s View:

1. Start your baby their own Facebook account. I know it sounds crazy, but it isn’t. I’m not saying to put up a relationship status or even seek out friends. Make it as private as you feel comfortable with (ironic because you post the pics already for the world to see) and then let your friends, family, coworkers etc know that if they’d like to see pics, they can friend Baby______. Do not friend them because that defeats the purpose.

2. Limit your picture posts to something you would be tolerant of from another person. If you would be annoyed if someone else is doing it, odds are that you are annoying someone.

3. Start a blog. In my opinion, this is the best recommendation. It allows you to put up as much or as little information as possible. You can give family and friends the link and password and they can peruse as they please.

If you got to this point, I guess I didn’t offend you too much. I’ll try harder next time.

This kid has his own group. Your thoughts?

1 comment:

  1. I really, really want to post a link to this blog entry on Facebook but I can't do it. Hilarious though