TMI: Facebook Adds ‘I’m Expecting’ Option

I’ll admit it: I’m on Facebook all the time. I mostly creep, which I know is lame, but I also post the occasional photo (usually of a kid or a random street scene). I’m always happy to hear about “friends’” good news via FB but the one thing that has always driven me crazy is when pregnant women give an up-to-the-minute report of their labor and delivery. It is just so self-indulgent.

Along these lines, Facebook has added a new “I’m expecting” option to its site that allows users to share their (future) child’s name and due date. The information then gets posted in your news feed.

This isn’t exactly earth-shattering – hordes of people already share news of their pregnancies on Facebook with a simple status update. But what gives me the jeebs is that Facebook will now be able to formally track people’s due dates and baby names (it’s, like, who needs a census when you’ve got Facebook?).

Also, the whole thing reminds of a story we reported on last month in which a Texas couple created a Facebook page for their unborn child (they even named the embryo and wrote status updates from the its point of view). The page was eventually removed by Facebook because it goes against their policy of having those under 13 years old as registered users. I commented on the cheesiness of it all back then and, well, now everyone is invited to be cheesy thanks to the new “I’m expecting” option.

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  • Somnilee

    I have a friend who is expecting and she’s signed up for one of these “My baby is X weeks old” apps that updates every week. So every week I’ve been getting “My baby is 17 weeks old”, “My baby is 18 weeks old”, “My baby is 19 weeks old” up to I think we’re now on “My baby is 23 weeks old”.
    Sweet, I can see that, but I could kind of guess you’re 23 weeks gone as you told me you were 17 weeks gone 6 weeks okay! And the fact her mother “likes” every single one of these posts, it is a bit TMI.

  • Tiffany

    How is it TMI to post that you’re expecting? Is posting about a new job or moving into a new home also TMI? If you can’t “stay connected” and share your life with your “cyber-friends” then what is the point of Facebook?