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Expectant posts

Facebook now allows info about the status of pregnant mums. Will curious chachis survive

india Updated: Jul 31, 2011 23:18 IST

For many, social networking sites are like 'digitally pieced' autobiographies where nothing is sacred or private anymore. So it is hardly surprising that Facebook, which revolutionised the way we live our online (and offline) lives, has added a new option to user profiles that allows expectant mothers to add their unborn child to the already available family circle. And that's not all: she can even add the chosen name or the due date of his or her arrival. Once the announcement is made, it can go viral. So in one click of the button, friends, relatives, acquaintances, colleagues and just about everyone will know the good news once considered private.

The critics have panned the new drop-down button, saying it is an impersonal way of letting the world know about one's personal life. The converts will obviously have a different view. 'What is wrong with this?' they say. It's just a new way of life where we have less time and more friends and, therefore, the best way is to tell everyone at the same time. If we can post photographs of a just-born child from the hospital room, surely we can also announce her to-arrive status much before. After all, the warmth of congratulatory posts and advices are not exactly unwanted.

In India, however, we don't understand what the problem is all about. First, we don't need a Facebook account (although many of us have an account) to let people know about our current status — be it about our family life, jobs or romantic condition because we have our very own mood trackers: curious chachis and mausis. They are way better than FB posts as they can 'read' your 'status' (many a times wrongly) by just looking at your face. And the greatest bit is that you don't need to press a button to spread the news: it goes viral automatically. Instead of a button, it's a mantra here: before divulging any secret, just prefix it with: "Don't tell anyone but…". The rest, as they say, will be public.