Social Media During Childbirth: TMI or Totally Koshe?
Publishers of the “Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy" have released the results of their most recent survey. The survey analyzed how over 1,000 pregnant women use social media during pregnancy and childbirth.
The results were both suprising and totally not surprising.
87% plan to keep loved ones in the loop throughout their labor using various social media. 51% of the women surveyed plan to record the birth in realtime through social media. 42% said they would post regular status updates to Facebook. 9% plan to tweet about the event.
In other words, most women would be on the horn before, during, and after that sea monkey has been pushed out. Like this:
Well, hopefully not that bad.
Executive editor of American Baby Magazine Laura Kalehoff anticipated the pro-social media findings. ”The millennial mom went through college with Facebook,” Kalehoff says. “[She’s] accustomed to communicating that way, and it feels very natural to share [her] pregnancy and labor with everyone.”
Birth expert Tina Cassidy agrees. She wrote a positive article about texting while birthing in NY Magazine back in February 2011.
I will note here that Cassidy documented giving birth to her own child in 35 real-time blog installments. Photos included!
Cassidy was even so kind as to include little gobs of merriment like:
"And sure enough, it all came out smoothly, in one piece."
"All seemed well. But where the heck was the placenta?"
"When the weather turns nice, it will be taken from the freezer (it’s wrapped in a towel in a Ziploc bag beneath some ice cream sandwiches the boys love) and buried in the backyard."
"Cow dung is very sterile."
I AM NOT KIDDING.
(Also, I am suddenly craving an ice cream sandwich.)
So yeah, she’s kinda into this stuff. Please do not read her blog posts here.
Of course, Tina Cassidy is not the only one. A simple search of hastags like #homebirth produces someamniotic amusing results.
To a certain extent, I understand completely. If my mother, my baby daddy, or my cats couldn’t be present for the for the birth of my human being, it would be nice to keep them updated using the short, quick messages we call texts. And sure, why wouldn’t I post a Facebook status update regarding the delivery of a healthy circus prize baby? The point of a status update is to inform others that one’s status has changed. In this case, the status would have changed from “fat and sweaty" to "7 months without a drink; ready to rage.”
I do not, however, see the necessity of notifying the world wide web that “my bits are currently being ripped open because Eve had to be a little fatty.”
As my only friend who is pregnant at this moment is Amish (shout-out to Tena Schmucker in Clymer, NY.. Churn that little farmer out soon, girlfriend!) I have no worries of a Twitter- or Facebook-splosion of explicit (and mostly unwanted) information. But as a wise Furby once told me, “all good things must come to an end”; my social media friends are bound to pop one out sooner or later. Until then, good luck to the rest of you.
Your girlfriend left you and moved to Utah. You’re left with a house full of her crap. Last year, you had to choose between dropping her junk off at the Salvation Army or her pregnant sister’s house. This year, you have Never Liked It Anyway.
Perhaps Val didn’t feel like returning to get that framed bathroom mirror after she threw that glass at your head. Or maybe you finally found those sweatpants that belong to Tufi. Guess what, romeo? You’re gonna make some money off of that broken heart of yours.
Accompanied by each item up for sale is a little description of the story behind it. For instance,
"My ex-girlfriend bought it for me and told me ‘I can use it at the gym’. I didn’t have a gym membership. Not a very subtle hint to get fit, but a good hint that it was time to get rid of her…"
Never Liked It Anyway also includes a place for sellers to add their “Break-Up Phase”, indicating how much they’re over it.
Jon Hendren, Twitter user and self-proclaimed comedian, is Santa’s little helper this holiday season. Through the use of retweets, Hendren has let a sole candle light shine onto a Christmas revelation: some people are nothing more than ungrateful, entitled sacks of reindeer poop.
Mr. Hendren has been sifting through the tweets of Christmas in search of some that verify the revelation. He knows if you’ve been bad or good, so stop being a little troll for goodness’ sake.
Sidenote: When the following retweets were originally published, Hendren’s Twitter handle was “jon hendren”. It has since been changed to “fart”.
You might see a common topic within these tweets. If your mommy and daddy didn’t get you a car, an iPad, or a white (and ONLY white, motherf*ckers) iPhone, they are as good as dead. And Christmas is as good as ruined. It is as if each tweet says simply, “Why didn’t Santa just shoot us all in the head?”
Ladies and gentlebrats, I feel your pain. I too, did not receive an iPad or a car this Christmas. Not even an iTouch, for Scrooge’s sake.
Yet while we may not be the most privileged people in the world, can’t we take solace in the idea that we have our health, our homes, our friends, or our family?
The Tumblr blog known as Faceobok reminds us that Facebook is not always used by rocket scientists. The blog features the less intelligent groups of Facebook.
Let’s enjoy a few pearls.
If you can’t relate, clearly you’ve never gotten to meat your perfect person. And that’s even sadder than the title of this group.
Help all thinks. Thinks. And liveing thinks. Help all thinks and liveing thinks. I just..
I have no words.
Let’s take note that a teacher, apparently, has created this group. And by some Christmas miracle, he or she has received more than 3 likes. Did all members get to see the video of one more American becoming obese?
Well, sure. That’s all of us.
Zoe changed her relationship status to “Forever Alone”.
But look at all the likes! 893 likes. That is NOT okay. Clam down, guys.
If you are a Twitter user, you have probably heard that Twitter is unrolling a new user interface. This includes fresh web design, updated Android and iPhone application interfaces and a refurbished TweetDeck layout. Twitter announced the changes on December 8th and plans to deliver them to all users over the next couple of weeks. Their end goal is to simplify the design in order to make it easier to connect with others and discover new information.
Twitter is also introducing four new tabs which “bring you instantly closer to everything you care about.”
Below are a few screenshots of the new Twitter.com interface.
Below are a few screenshots of the new Tweetdeck.com interface.
Twitter for Business
Twitter has reported that they will also be launching business / brand pages. Right now, these pages are only open to a few select businesses and organizations.
The brand pages will include features not currently available for businesses on Twitter.
“Use Promoted Tweets to amplify your message with targeting options that allow you to reach the right person, in the right place, at the right time.”
“Use Promoted Trends to drive conversations and interest around your brand or product by capturing a user’s attention on Twitter.”
“Use Promoted Accounts to quickly scale a follower-base of advocates and influencers for your brand.”
Enhanced Profile Pages:
“Enhance your brand’s Twitter profile page to increase engagement and drive your business goals.”
“Twitter offers two layers of analytics to advertisers, providing in-depth insight into both paid and unpaid activity on Twitter.”
All in all, I like the look and feel of the new Twitter. Simplicity is the way to go when it comes to a social network; no one visits in order to be bombarded with information. If the information is easily accessible, the network is a success. What do you think of the changes?
Log into your Twitter account and take note of the amount of followers you have. Now multiply that number by $4.00.
That’s how much it costs to purchase a Twitter follower.
Last week, Twitter sent an email to prospective advertisers.
Thanks for reaching out to us to inquire about Twitter’s Advertising Products. We are happy to inform you that Twitter is preparing to roll out our next phase of beta testing, and we’d like to invite you to join us.
The email revealed the exact CPF (cost-per-follower) rate for Promoted Accounts: $2.50 - 4.00.
Twitter continues to require a 3-month commitment for all Promoted Accounts, with a $15 grand minimum cost.
Twitter offered this disclaimer in the email:
Please remember that this program is still in a testing phase. We are looking for partners who are tolerant, flexible, and committed to helping us perfect our offerings.
Not sure if people have already seen the meme you just came across? Enter it into Is It Old? Is It Old exists to prevent you from looking stoopie. “Before you make a complete fool of yourself when you send a link to your friends, colleagues or twitter followers, enter it here to make sure it’s fresh enough.”
Enter a link and click submit. Is It Old lets you know how many times the link has been shared and how fresh the content is (from a scale of “Ridiculously Old” to “Mad Fresh”).
I’m sure we can all think of a handful of friends who need to discover this site. And dads. Let’s make it happen, folks.
Just yesterday, Baldwin was kicked off an American Airlines flight for refusing to end the Words With Friends game he was playing on his mobile phone.
Baldwin then blew up Twitter with some pretty rad tweets.
Flight attendants and passengers have been telling different stories about what really happened. One report claims Baldwin was asked to hang up a phone call multiple times because the plane was about to take off. Apparently Baldwin then ran to the bathroom, slammed the door, started banging on the walls, then ran back to his seat.
I totally believe it. Because it’s a better story.
I’m curious if Twantrum caught all of this in its live feed? Or if Twantrum really is pointless.
twan-trum n. A disproportionate reaction from consumers, usually involving rage and momentary lapses of sanity, shared on Twitter for all to see.
These Twantrums can be found easily with the help of a website by the same name. Twantrum.com filters out real-time tweets revealing anything from mild discontent to full-blown rage. Or as Twantrum classifies it, ’Mel Gibson’.
James Aviaz, one of the creators of Twantrum, explains, “The concept was to shine a light on the fact that consumers are now turning to Twitter to voice their opinions. And sometimes, they go completely mad.”
Of course, all of the tweets center around first world problems. You’re much more likely to see a tweet about forgetting to check-in to FourSquare than a lack of clean water.
When you think of a classy establishment, you think of Facebook, right?
But perhaps Facebook is too classy.
Ann Marie Kennedy, a lovely Irish woman with a heart o’ gold and hair as bright as the sunset, was blacklisted from the social networking site.
Ms. Kennedy was setting up her Facebook profile page when she was informed that the name of her hometown—Effin, Ireland—was offensive.
Not amused with Facebook’s ignorance, Ms. Kennedy started a Facebook group: ‘Please get my hometown Effin recognized’. Fail.
Outraged, Kennedy spoke out against Facebook, saying, ”I’m from Effin. I’m a proud Effin woman. And I always will be an Effin woman.”
Gents, I am infuriated. How dare Facebook act as though it has more important things to do than make a list of every city with less than 1000 inhabitants? How dare Facebook try sensor curse words? Censorship is for horses.
I stand behind Ms. Kennedy on her quest for Effin justice. Who will join me?! *raises styrofoam sword*
Perhaps Wikipedia isn’t the most credible source you can use for that term paper on the history of gerbils. That doesn’t mean it’s not full of up-to-date facts.
Wikipedia has now released Wikistream, which shows changes and uploads to Wikipedia in real-time.
If you see a topic scroll by that you’d like to explore, hit the “p” key. The live feed will pause, allowing you to click on that topic. (why yes, i would like to read up on sockpuppet investigations.)
As for the changing background.. I have no explanation.