Pregnancy & Social Media: Baby’s Digital Footprint
It seems a bit crazy that you have to start thinking about your child’s online presence before they’re even born in this day and age, but it is a reality. It starts with the dilemma of whether or not to announce your pregnancy on social media and continues up until the time your child is at an age where he or she can manage their own online presence. Do you not post anything about your child? Do you share everything? Do you share a predetermined limited amount? What is the right option? As I have previously mentioned, I believe that the right option is the one that suits you and your family best.
My husband and I recently tackled the first of the social media hurdles – announcing our pregnancy on Facebook. We both felt indifferent about it. While we loved sharing pregnancy news with our friends and family, sharing it with one thousand acquaintances on Facebook didn’t seem quite as important. We ended up doing it because we know that when the time comes, we’re going to want to share pictures of our little bundle of joy on social media. Not to mention, I’m sure there will be at least a picture or two tagged of me with a pronounced baby bump before our little one arrives. So in the spirit of continuity, we decided first things first: let’s tell people we’re pregnant. We thought it would serve to avoid confusion and comments such as, “You had a baby?!” or “You’re pregnant??” on future pictures. Seeing as though the logical time to announce on social media fell around late January/early February, we opted for a Valentine’s Day-themed post:
While we have yet to set clear guidelines on what we will and will not post about the pregnancy and our baby on social media, we have agreed to keep it within reason. You won’t find me posting weekly pictures of my bump, but you may see one every month or so. I won’t be posting daily Facebook updates of every single move my little nugget makes, but I will post about him or her every now and again. We are so excited to meet our baby, and of course that excitement is going to pour over in places on social media. We’re realistic enough to realize, though, that while we will want to see endless pictures of our baby every day, not everyone does. And at the end of the day our child is going to have plenty of opportunities to mold their own online presence, and we’ll leave it up to him or her to do that – with a little guidance, of course – when the time comes. Until then, you can find us posting in moderation.
How about you? How much of your pregnancy experience was shared online?
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