Hashtag birds and bees

tree trunk bee hive

It’s not like it was back in the day. Now Instagram pix and Vimeo videos are uploaded instantaneously for all the world to see. No filter, no blurred lines, just all her glory in all its glory.

Dad isn’t pacing alone down those long, brightly lit, sterile hallways, absence and detached from that singular moment of bonding opportunity.

Every painful utterance live Tweeted with hashtags #babymama and #heeheewhowho. Don’t forget to cross-post to all your circles at Google+.

In today’s media blitz environment, it’s a party all up in the delivery room with Facebook Friends and Tumblr Followers.

The 100 Word Challenge is to tell a story in only 100 words. This week’s theme is “Pacing”
Discussing the trend to put everything out into the ether, my daughter and I are convinced that someone, somewhere, has live tweeted a baby delivery. I know that couples create their own hashtags for guests to share their weddings on social media, so it’s easy to imagine a new dad or pending grandparents sharing the blessed event with family and friends, complete with photos, flash videos.

15 thoughts on “Hashtag birds and bees

  1. You know, I’m sure you’re right. I work on a med-surg floor in a hospital. I’ll have to ask one of my co-workers in labor and delivery if this has ever happened.


  2. I agree, too much instant information and quick reactions. There isn’t enough time to calm down the emotions or value privacy with so much technology and information.


  3. I’m glad I read the comments before commenting myself. At first I thought I might disagree but I think you are saying there should be a filter and I agree about that. I don’t see a problem with baby related announcements on social media sites but then I try to limit my connections on those sites. I’m not on twitter and don’t ever see myself on it. So if your broadcast of family news is limited to family and friends then the new tech allows you to do much easier. What you broadcast to the world and your close network should stay different. I’m very careful in publishing personal family items on my very public blog. I think of the blog as a digital billboard and maybe it would do some of these people you mention to think the same way. Thanks for the thought provoking post.
    Oh nice bee pic.


    1. I have no problem with online birth announcements, and for many Gen Yers online anything is how it’s done. My niece let us know she was having a baby with a text message. On my previous blog, I posted a lot of personal things, things I now question whether it was a good idea to do. The blog is now private and I keep most of my posts here in the fiction and photography genre. I adjusted my filters, so to speak.


    1. It’s disturbing to me because it’s so far outside my personal comfort zone. There seems to be a complete overload of information available at the click of a key. I think we have become a world of voyeurs. That would also explain the love for all things “Reality.” It’s just too much, much too much.


  4. I hope I never have this much of my STUFF strewn all over the internet. Some things should be well PRIVATE or at the very least they should be lived and digested and taken in before we spit them out again.

    I get very agitated when I think of how much we just throw out there before we’ve thought about it. I walk a fine line of sharing and not over-sharing. I know how I feel when I see posts that are really every single thought of a person and I just can’t get there. I need to live and think about and process before I can share it everyone.

    (and you know that someone has live tweeted a birth for sure, when we were having our gender ultrasound the tech actually asked us not to tweet or text during it. I just looked at her, “why would I do that?” and she said, “everyone does…they are barely even looking at the screen, they just want to know so they can tell everyone”. That’s not me, I wanted John and my mom there…and that’s what I had. The people who should know first, got the BEST LOOK of our future babies. )


    1. My husband has a friend whose sister-in-law had the birth of her first child video taped, then would invited family and friends over to watch the movie. (Luckily, I didn’t know her very well, and was never invited to a viewing) This was before Internet, but I have no doubt she would have downloaded it to YouTube if it was available. There is way TOO MUCH INFORMATION out there, and I can’t understand what happened to the world’s collective filter.



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