Friday, October 8, 2010

Call Me Old-Fashioned!

In the past few months, I've had 3 friends who've had babies.

One sent us an announcement in the mail announcing the baby's name and birth statistics, and the main content was a cute big photo. Nothing unusual really about such a formal baby announcement. It been going on for generations like this...except this was brought to us by Snapfish.

My second friend sent via email, bcc'ing everyone, the baby announcement, birth statistics, but also told an elaborate story of the actual birth and the inspiration and origin of the baby's first and middle name. And of course, a few photos and a link to their online photo gallery. I personally enjoy these personal stories even if it's a massive spam to all one's friends.

The last one never sent me a card or an email. It was a status update on Facebook! Call me old-fashioned, but Facebook?! I guess it makes sense since, in theory, everyone you know is connected to you on Facebook. But it still feels so much less personal and effort than the email option. However, with Facebook's new announcement about private groups this week, perhaps this will become more popular and more personal. Oh, great!

Maybe I'm sentimental. Or old-fashioned. But we've become lazy, valuing convenience over tradition or formality, even during life's precious moments.

I fear we, as a society, are not far away from a 140-character baby announcement:

Our son John born 10/8, 7 lbs 8 oz, 20". Fam is home. xoxo  http:/


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