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This is the delivery I envision whenever I see that someone on Facebook has used their Life Event tab to notify friends of their most recent “celebration” via Facebook. I imagine someone obnoxiously shouting this on a public street to strangers- that would be my equivalent to using the new Life Event tab to share the news of something as strange as a new eating habit.
For those of you who may be confused let me get you up to speed.
As I was browsing Mashable the other day, an article caught my eye. The article was about Facebook unveiling a new life event – expecting a baby. I read the article and my curiosity was piqued. I immediately logged onto my own Facebook account to see what other “life events” I could choose from to announce to the Facebook stratosphere. I quickly learned that there are 5 categories:

  • Work & Education
  • Family & Relationships
  • Home & Living
  • Health & Wellness
  • Travel & Experiences

I could see where some life event options are normal to share like a new job, an engagement or marriage. However, some I found down right strange – new roommate, new license, broken bone, glasses, contacts, organ donor and the list goes on. I am personally a more private person and would not blast that I got a new license all over Facebook. I use the term “blast” since Facebook treats a life event with more importance making it show up at the top of your feed where the birthday reminder is located.
I believe that this tool, if used correctly, could be a great way of spreading the news about a BIG life event that’s just occurred. However, some things should probably be kept more private or only shared with a few close friends and family (i.e. loss of a loved one).
What do you think about this news sharing option on Facebook? Would you use it or just create a wallpost as usual?

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If there’s anyone who can honestly say, “Been there, done that,” it’s Rob. After traveling the world for seven years in his 20’s, Rob went to LA and started working in film production. Then it was off to New York, where he learned how to program, which eventually brought him back home to Louisville to build websites. At Current360, Rob heads up our in-house production studio, creating all things digital for our clients — videos, commercials, radio spots, and a lot more. 

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