Unbaby.me is like… well, it’s like “Virtual Contraception.” According to MSN’s Tech and Gadgets blog, GeekTown, the add-on will replace baby photos on Facebook, the world’s most popular social network, with pictures of cats and whatever else it thinks is “awesome stuff.”
My son is of an age when many of his friends are settling down, marrying and starting a family. Still a bachelor, he hasn’t yet discovered that newborns are the most beautiful, most interesting topic in the world; so he installed the baby blocker. Now, when a proud mama posts photos of her beloved Clarice taking her first steps, Unbaby.me replaces it with a funny post. A user of the add-on plug can choose to look, instead, at cute kittens or fancy cars or pithy sayings from Walt Whitman, or any custom image-based RSS feed—whatever it is that floats his [virtual] boat.
The program relies on word cues: giveaway phrases like “first tooth” or “first steps” or “new baby.” Then, it replaces the photo with something that’s more likely to elicit wows from the registered baby-avoider.
Unbaby.me is not the first blocker to prevent undesired objects from displaying on your feed. Earlier content blockers have stopped fan photos of the mopheaded Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Nickelback and the Kardashians.