Facebook is now letting parents-to-be list their unborn children on their personal profiles.
Among options that include daughter, son, wife and husband, the "Friends and Family" section under "Edit Profile" now allows the option "Expected: Child." Parents can add a due date and the baby's name.
"We're always testing new features," a Facebook spokesperson said via e-mail. "Earlier this year, Facebook started providing the option to add an 'Expected: Child' as a way for users to more accurately express their identity."
It's weird, this world in which an online persona can be constructed by a parent before the child is even born or fully aware of what's happening. Even now, when parents make their kids' pictures public without their permission, they do it with pride and affection without realizing the implications - that the legacy of those pictures and tales will be with the kids all their lives, permanently archived.
I think the law's gonna change on that one. Not sure how, but something. Or else people are gonna have to get used to reconstructing or vivisectioning or fractalling or otherwise rearranging their identities routinely and agree that they're not accountable for their pre-profile identity.
What bothers me with this idea is that expecting is not necessarily getting, even in the most advanced countries. What are the parents going to do then ? Go through the extra trauma of having to remove the profile ?
I almost hesitate to ask ( in case the answer is yes ..or it gives "Satan's Mark" the idea )..but has Facebook yet allowed people to make pages to commemorate their dead relatives..or people not related to them ?
Yes I do have accounts there ..but only so as to stop others using the names of my companies..so I don't know the deepest parts of the cesspit.
Comes to something when MS is the least creepy/sleazy of the options out there..