Live Tweeting Your Delivery: Can Social Media Go Too Far?Emily Malone
When I was 13, my parents signed us up for AOL and I thought it was the greatest thing in the world. I would race home after school to instant message my friends, subsequently blocking the phone lines since the internet was still dial-up back then. I guess you can say I’ve been hooked on social media since the stone ages of the internet.
Since then I have embraced it all. I’m an email junkie, I write a blog as part of my career, I check Facebook all day long, and I recently sent my 10,000th tweet. A lot of friends and Twitter followers have asked me if I’ll be tweeting updates from the delivery room on our little guy’s birthday. It’s an interesting question, and it definitely makes me stop and think – where do you draw the line when it comes to social media sharing?
I know some people think that social media is a narcissistic way of over-sharing personal details. To some extent, they may have a point. But it can also used as a way to keep in touch, keep yourself in the loop, and these days there are even many professional uses for social media.
In my daily life, I tweet here and there throughout the day. Working from home all by my lonesome, it’s a nice way to stay connected to the outside world, and it makes me a little less prone to only talking to my dogs. Because of the nature of what I do, I’ve accumulated close to 5,000 followers. I know that on delivery day, many of them will be sending us warm wishes and will be eagerly awaiting news of our baby’s arrival.
When my nephew was born back in June, my sister’s delivery did not go quite as expected, and subsequently her husband stopped sending us updates for about, oh…18 hours. Needless to say, we were all worried, anxious, and climbing the walls when we finally heard from him that everyone was safe and sound. While it was certainly far more important that he tend to my sister and help her through a difficult labor, I couldn’t help but also think that I never wanted anyone to feel as worried as I did during those long hours of silence.
I don’t plan to be on my phone much on delivery day. My husband will be in charge of texting family and friends, and I’ll be handing over my Twitter account to him as well. That said, I want him to be present and able to enjoy our son’s delivery with me, and I don’t want him to feel tied to phones, computers, and cameras that might make him feel distracted from the experience.
I guess we’ll have to wait and see how the day is going. If I’m feeling great and relaxed, I am more than happy to share how it’s going with all of my friends and followers. If I’m struggling and in desperate need of a backrub, you can bet that my husbands hands will be massaging my tailbone and not on a keyboard.
How will you keep in touch on delivery day? Do you have a plan, or will you wait and see?