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Are you sick of logging on to Facebook and being flooded by pics of your friends’ babies all over your newsfeed? If you’re in your late twenties through early thirties, you’ve probably noticed the baby boom in your extended social circle. While it can be fun to see all the new bundles of joy, some people – particularly those not currently infected with baby fever – don’t want a play-by-play of baby’s day all the time. Here’s little Jr. sleeping….now he’s awake…soap Mohawk at bath time…yes, we get it, but there’s only so much cute-overload the average, not-related-to-your-kid person can take.
Until now, there was no option for the non-baby friendly aside from the unthinkable – don’t spend so much time on Facebook. Fortunately, times are a-changin’ thanks to the creators of Unbaby.me, which will automatically replace those cutesy baby pics on your timeline with “awesome stuff” like cats. Because I’m sure seeing dozens of cat pictures instead will never get equally or more tiresome.
Unbaby.me was created by Chris Baker, Peter Marquis, and Yvonne Cheng, a group of friends who were bothered by the bundles of babies on the social network.
“We just wanted to bring the obvious baby problem to light,” Baker tells Mashable. “A Chrome extension seemed like the perfect way to do it.”
It’s pretty simple. After installing the extension in your browser, refresh your Facebook feed, and all baby pictures will be replaced with meme-worthy content. The default setting changes baby photos to images of cats. However, you can customize it to pull any image-based RSS feed from services like Reddit or NASA.
Launched this week, Unbaby.me received 2,000 “Likes” in its first 30 minutes! I guess a lot of Facebook users were getting sick of baby overload.
Personally, I’ve never found the baby pics on Facebook to be an issue, but perhaps it’s more of a problem for people who have thousands of friends (I’m somewhere around the 230 mark, and they’re all people I actually know and, for the most part, enjoy catching up with). I think it’s a little less bizarre to simply opt to not display certain people’s content on your timeline than to turn their precious baby pics into images of bacon or kitties…although I wouldn’t mind having some more cute kitty pics in my life, either. Either way, I guess this is a fun idea that gives people who haven’t been bit by the baby bug an option!
Will you check out Unbaby.me, or do you love your friends’ baby pics?