I got a baby card in the mail this weekend from a good friend that just had his first son. Nothing special there, it listed the obvious details as name, date of birth, weight and length as well as the normal visiting hours for baby & mum.
What was surprising though was the design of the card (as if it was the personal Facebook page of the newborn) and the addition of the baby’s Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and personal website addresses. This is what I would call a early adopter! This kid isn’t just launched into the world, it’s launched into cyberspace (with a little help and moderation of his parents of course).
Now this got me thinking about my own baby card. My parents intended it to depict a silhouette picture of a baby walking, supported by one leg. The printer however got it wrong, printing the picture upside down. It didn’t look as if the baby was supported, it looked as if the baby was unceremoniously hanging by one leg. Not the idyllic image my parents had in mind and it meant my parents had to do some explaining there, not in the least to me when I saw it in my birth photo book a couple of years later.
I wonder what the explanation will be to this kid in about ten to twelve years when he sees his baby card and starts asking: “Dad what is Facebook?!?“