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Daddy 2.0 - Spreading the News

Submitted by Danny G., Seattle, WA

If you've got more than a few friends and family who are excited about the arrival of your little one you might feel a bit intimidated at the thought of having to let all of these people know about the blessed event.

The reason you feel intimidated is because in this age of real-time information, birth announcements a month after the fact just aren't good enough anymore.

Following are a sampling of web technologies which can make the job of giving the mob what it wants a lot easier.

Blogs – The "Do it all" Solution

The learning curve is as steep as you want it to be with blogs. If all you want to do is write then you can set up a blog account so that you can post via email. Some of the default templates on Blogger or Wordpress even look half decent.

With some more effort you can post pictures or movies. You can let family members subscribe to your blog via email. You can have polls on your blog so people can vote on who your baby looks more like. There is so much information online about how to do each of these things and countless more. You can even go to YouTube and watch movie tutorials on these subjects!

So you're in the delivery room…

1. You take out your email enabled phone.

2. You open the draft with the email address to post to your blog already entered in the "To:" field and the necessary stats entered in the body (See Above).

3. You fill in the blanks and hit "Send."

4. Elapsed time: Less than 5 minutes if you've done the prep work.

When you're home…

This is where blogs really do well. You can post pictures and movies and make the blog a central location where faraway friends and family can come to catch up on your family's happenings. Providing you catch them on video they can even see first steps or words.

E-Mail Lists – The No-Brainer

If you don't feel like learning any new technologies other than email then your best option is a mailing list. Most email programs make the job of putting together a mailing list very painless. All you have to do to learn how is to open up your email program and look for the "help" menu.

So you're in the delivery room…

1. You take out your email enabled phone.

2. You open up the email draft with mailing list already in the "To:" field and all the necessary stats in the body:

a. Name:

b. Weight:

c. Length:

d. Time:

e. Etc…

3. You fill in the blanks and hit "Send."

4. Elapsed time: Less than 5 minutes if you've done the prep work.

When you're home…

You can continue to keep everyone up to speed with your mailing list once you make it back home. You can email pictures (keeping in mind the 10mb size limits on most messages) and you can send links to online videos on YouTube. The only real drawback is that you have to maintain the list by adding and removing people periodically.

Twitter – (currently) The Cutting Edge

Twitter is essentially microblogging or Steam-of-Consciousness blogging can definitely be faster than the other two methods. Twitter is currently the fastest growing social networking tool worldwide. Your more tech-savvy friends are probably already "tweeting."

A potential drawback to this method is the 140 character limit on individual tweets. If you can manage some txting language and try to round up on weights and lengths you may manage to squeeze in all the information.

So you're in the delivery room…

1. You take out your twitter enabled phone.


2. You write your tweet (I would suggest choosing your child's short name before going to the hospital).

3. You send it and anyone who has signed up to your stream will have access to it.

4. Elapsed time: If you practiced your txting – less than 3 minutes.

When you're home…

Once you're back home you can enjoy keeping your friends appraised of every little thing junior does with your tweets: "Poop – Color: Greenish, Smell: NO MORE PEAS."



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