Clicking through Facebook sometimes feels like clicking through the Toys-R-Us website.
It’s hard to overstate the depth of many people’s involvement with Facebook.
It is the place where they express their love of “South Park” in the form of a never-ending string of out-of-context quotes, the place where they vent their hate of Sarah Palin and each of her family members, and the place where they share all kinds of minutia, from how full their tummies are from yummy french toast to the torture of insomnia or the agony of their bleeding, broken hearts. Users employ the social network to pursue that hottie they met at a bar, administer break-ups, stalk exes, broadcast suicidal thoughts, flirt, fight, and fret over a seemingly endless variety of topics that are important to them.
For people who just had a baby that aspect of their life becomes, as it should, exceedingly important to them. Thus, the endless variety of baby pictures, first word anecdotes, and videos of babies doing mundane thing like eating a noodle that overrun new parents’ Facebook accounts.
But in a place where most people are immune to inappropriate behavior, some things are still not kosher for FB. Talking about how your boss’s bad breath makes you want to vomit counts as one of those things.
And last month, many agreed that creating a new profile for an unborn fetus falls under the same category.
Huffinton Post‘s Jason Gilbert reported this morning that Facebook has now added a feature that allows users to list an unborn child as a family member, including the due date is and what the baby’s name is. It looks like this:
I’ve never been pregnant, so I don’t know what it feels like to prepare for a baby in the age of Facebook. I can see why a person would want to share their baby with all their friends and “friends,” but it seems strange that when that baby becomes a person, he or she will have to wait at least 6 or 7 years to start to grasp Facebook’s purpose, and 13 years to legally make a profile of his or her own.
Creating a profile for someone without their permission seems strange, and kind of wrong, even if that person is (or soon will be) a family member. Especially if that person doesn’t even exist yet.