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Facebook Overshare!

August 22,2012

How do you feel about sharing your baby's photos on Facebook?

Do you proudly plaster your little bundle of joy all over your profile for all to see, or are you a little more selective when it comes to sharing your little one's mug with all 500+ of your friends?

Me? I suppose I'm somewhere in between when it comes to sharing (and seeing) baby photos all over Facebook.

I mean, on one hand, who doesn't love squealing over adorable photos of tiny squishy-faced babes, even if it's a friend of a friend of a friend that you only met once and friended on Facebook as a spur of the moment, "OMG I'm totally friending you right now!" moment, only to never see or speak to them again?

No matter who's babies they are, they're adorable, right?

But, on the other hand...when that friend of a friend of a friend posts pictures of the actual delivery, complete with the proud new dad cutting the cord, do you get the same warm feeling as you do when you see that baby all snuggled up in a swaddler and newborn cap?

I bet not. I know I don't. Heck, I don't even want to see those pictures on my Facebook feed even if it's a close friend or family member. Some things were meant to stay in the delivery room, folks.

I've asked around a bit and it seems my circle of Facebook friends run the gamut. Some share everything, including their pregnancy symptoms, ultrasound pictures, how far along they are with baby bump pics every week/month, cravings, nursery tours, doctor's appointments, etc. etc. etc, right up to (and through) delivery.

But I've also had a few Facebook friends who have had babies and I have been none the wiser until I see them in person or speak to them personally. They have no trace of their pregnancy or child on the Internet,  whether it be due to privacy concerns or simply because they aren't as "connected" as others.

And now, Facebook even has an option on the new timeline feature to display your pregnancy and how far along you are. So if you tend to be one who loves to share on Facebook, you can add it as a life event.

It seems nothing is off-limits when it comes to oversharing on social media.

As for me, I'm definitely not the type to announce a pregnancy, its progress, or delivery photos on Facebook. I would, however, post a picture of a baby, all wrapped up and snuggly, as a way to announce him/her to the world.

After that, I'm not opposed to a few adorable pics here and there, but I certainly wouldn't want my child's life displayed on Facebook for everyone to see. Because even if I have all my privacy settings set to exclusive, there would still be plenty of people that would have access to those photos. Because I'll admit it, I'm guilty of the "I just met you, but I'm friending you on Facebook right now!" friend request. I have a bunch of friends that I don't talk to and certainly never see. That's not to say I don't want them to see pictures of my child, but they don't need to be privy to everything.

But, to each his own. How about you? Do you post a lot of pictures of your children on Facebook? Or are you one to keep those photos to yourself and only the people you see in person or talk to regularly?