All the news of the Royal Baby of Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton makes the news on all channels all over the world on TV, Radio and social media platforms. The talk of what the child was going to be and what the names could be was seen online for weeks leading up to the birth. Then, finally on 22nd July 2013 at 4.24PM in St. Mary’s Hospital in central London weighing in at 8lb 6oz, a baby boy was born to the proud parents. All friends and relatives are delighted for the couple. People outside Buckingham palace waited to hear the news, people turned to the Six O’Clock news for the headlines of the birth, but this birth was celebrated with an extra audience! Social Media users worldwide tuned into their platforms to hear the breaking news.
Twitter announces birth of #RoyalBaby first
From #RoyalBaby to #RoyalBabyBoy the hashtag changed within moments of the announced from the official London residence of Prince William and his wife’s Twitter account @ClarenceHouse with another new hashtag #WelcomeToTheWorld.
How news is so fast that Twitter catches it as soon as it happens. The first picture of the happy couple holding the baby boy in the Michael Jackson style balcony pose gave the world the first view of the royal baby. Prince William was born in the same ward Princess Diana gave birth to Prince William in 1984. According to some online sources, they showed Baby William to the world over the balcony also.
Has Social Media infringed on privacy?
The note on how too much information is caught up on social media has been a debate for years and how the birth of babies are often announced on Facebook with a sonogram in the 1st trimester. Important questions to ask are: Are we ready to begin our children’s digital footprints at such an early age and what implications can this have on the child? Does the world need to see everything that goes on from cradle to grave?
Quarter of unborn babies are online
AVG Technologies carried out a survey and found that 1 in 4 unborn babies already have a digital footprint and 1 in 3 children have had images put online of them after they were born. The latter is a little understandable as our kids grow so fast and the easy access to a digital camera on our phones, we tend to take a lot of photos. Parents like to show their children off to the world and they are one of the most “Like”, “Share” and “Comment” photos on people’s timelines.
Royal Baby George shines light for scammers
Since the birth of the “Royal Baby” George, the world of hacking has not fallen asleep to the news and have reacted with scamming emails to unsuspecting computer users. The email sent out pertains to have had access to the birth of Baby George from a live cam in the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s hospital. These emails are malicious and should not be opened.
Trend Micro’s anti-spam research engineer Cyril Coronado commented on the situation online and revealed “”These messages appear to be from ScribbleLive, a service that provides real-time engagement platforms. The offer, of course, is false, and clicking on links in the email will only trigger multiple redirections that are typical among Blackhole exploit kit (BHEK) spam runs.”
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Do you agree with all the pictures of new citizens into the world by exposing them online before they get a choice if they want to be online? Please leave comments below.