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Too Many Babies on Facebook? Replace Them With Cats!

I’ll admit it. I post a LOT of picture of my new baby to my personal Facebook page. She’s just so darn cute and I want to share the cuteness with the world! Or at least, the limited universe of my Facebook friends. That list includes my in-laws who deserve to see every adorable shot of their granddaughter, right?

The people who are not my in-laws might be less enamored of the barrage of baby pics appearing in my status updates. Lucky for them, there’s a new plug-in called Unbaby.me that can block baby pictures and replace them with picture of other stuff. Cats, album covers, or manatees, for instance.

Unbaby.me is the brainchild of a group of three New York advertising professionals who are tired of babies in their Facebook feeds:

“We were having drinks one night after work and were joking around about how Facebook is just lousy with babies, and wouldn’t it be funny if you could replace all those photos with cats,” Cheng said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.

The friends, who all work in interactive advertising, contacted a developer to help them make their joke a reality. Cheng said it took about one month from the initial conversation to the launch of Unbaby.me…

Once it is running, it will scan your Facebook feed for key words such as “cute,” “adorable” and “first birthday” — trigger words that indicate a baby photo may be attached. You can also add your own key words. Then it replaces the offending baby photo with a different photo from an RSS feed of pictures. The current default feed is cat photos.

This is a great way to hide baby pictures without having to hide whole feeds from baby-crazy friends. However, there is a loophole:  it only works for photos that are captioned so pictures that have no descriptives on them won’t be hidden. I guess there’s no way to hide entirely from the world of babies.

Source: LA Times

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