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08/01/2011

New Facebook feature lets pregnant women add future child

Facebook users expecting a new addition to their family can now add a special status to their profile to share even more personal information with “Friends.”

The new feature, which has been quietly rolling out, lets users add new information to their profile under the ‘Expectecd: child.”

If changing your profile picture to an ultrasound of your bundle of joy wasn’t enough, this will help you take things to the next step.

Yes, you can always add family and friends – but up to this point there was no option to add upcoming family members. Perhaps this will cut down on the fake accounts moms are making for their unborn babies.

Parents-to-be can add their expecting status under the Family and Friends section on the Edit Profile page.

Tap “Add another family member” and then select ‘Expected: Child” from the drop-down menu. Then set the estimated due date.

Parents may (or may not) be relieved to know they can even enter the name of their soon-to-be-born child.

The feature wasn’t launched without a hiccup, however. According to the Daily Mail, users were adding the names of their friends as expected children. Oops!

In any case, that kink has been ironed out of the system. A neat feature to add, however, might be a polling to ask your Facebook friends to help select a name for your baby.

One woman already did that and won thousands of dollars worth of coupons.

Is adding an expected child on Facebook going to become normal? Or do you think it’s taking things too far?

- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets

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Danny BradburyDanny Bradbury

Danny Bradbury is a technology journalist with 20 years' experience. He writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Financial Post, and Backbone magazine. Danny also writes and directs documentaries.

Maurice CachoMaurice Cacho

Maurice Cacho is a Toronto-based journalist mixing his love for tech with a passion for news. He's also CP24's Web Journalist and appears daily on CP24 Breakfast and weekly on the channel's tech show, Webnation, discussing tech news and trends.

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