Should you have your baby shower on Facebook? This is a question posed by many mothers-to-be hoping to have a virtual baby shower event. And given Facebook’s popularity, accessibility, and the ability to live video chat, it might seem like the most obvious, natural choice for an online party. But is it really? Sure, it might be convenient for guests, but that convenience can pose problems of its own.
Like any party, the venue chosen for a baby shower is very important–even for a virtual one. So, you might want to take time to weigh the pros and cons of a virtual baby shower on Facebook, versus using other software.
Keep reading to figure out exactly why people choose Facebook, how to throw a Facebook Shower but most importantly the downsides of using Facebook, and why choosing an online platform like WebBabyShower is a safer and better way to go.
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Why Choose Facebook
Facebook is Convenient
Let’s face it, Facebook is one of the most popular social media apps in the world. With 2.6 billion monthly active members, most people already have a profile and know how to navigate this online platform.
While planning a baby shower is a ton of fun; the registry, the games, the invitations…the checklist goes on and on, it can also be very stressful. So figuring out how to gather all of your friends and family members shouldn’t be a hassle as well. By choosing Facebook to host the baby shower, hosts can eliminate an extra step from the whole ordeal.
This will free up time for the host to focus on more fun aspects of the virtual baby shower checklist like invitations, games, and of course, keeping the expectant mother happy.
Of course, with there being so many people (possible guests) on the platform, it can often hurt more than it helps but we’ll go into that a bit later
How To Throw A Baby Shower event on Facebook
Throwing a Facebook shower event is easier than you thought. Anyone on Facebook has the ability to create a group event. Though this makes things easy, it also means there are hundreds of invitations to other events your friends are also receiving and flooding their notifications – meaning it could easily get lost.
Throwing a baby shower is as simple as the host, whoever that may be, creating the Facebook event (naming it accordingly), then sending out invitations to people and requests from the group. The guests will be in one place and you have some options to customize the event like adding a photo or video. This is nice as the invites are in one place, but how do you know if they’ve been seen? You don’t! Luckily WebBabyShower has the best solution for this, with an integrated email system, the host can see if an email has been opened.
The Coronavirus Pandemic Is Ongoing
Plus, the world is smack dab in the middle of its own event, the Coronavirus (known formally as Co-Vid 19) pandemic. While the number of virus transmissions has been declining, numbers are surging again all over the country. And despite the restlessness that much of the world is feeling, it’s not yet time to dismiss the social distancing recommendations in place. Luckily there are plenty of online options.
We get it, everyone is ready to congregate and celebrate among friends and family, but if you can hold off, you should. Babies and pregnant women (along with the elderly and those with underlying conditions) are more susceptible to life-threatening complications from the virus.
What’s more unsettling is that this strain of the Coronavirus is still so new, we don’t really know what potential birth defects will be attached to it. (https://mothertobaby.org/fact-sheets/covid-19/) In a time of such uncertainty, it’s best to err on the side of caution and stay away from large gatherings. Thankfully we live in a time of online connectivity and live video chats.
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A Facebook shower completely eliminates the chance for the mother, baby, or anyone in attendance, to contract the disease from the festivities. And really, what’s more important than that?
Despite this, Facebook itself is full of depressing news about the virus, you can’t log in to Facebook without seeing something that makes you sad or angry. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a separate platform like WebBabyShower to celebrate on, without having to even think about the virus and to just enjoy the shower? Of course you would and WebBabyShower offers this and then some; like games, a registry, invitations and much much more!
Why It Might Not Be The Right Choice for your Virtual Event
Despite the few upsides to using Facebook to host a baby shower event, there are many cons, some we have already mentioned, that you should absolutely be aware of.
Privacy Concerns with Facebook
A baby shower is an intimate affair between the mother-to-be and her close friends and family to celebrate her unborn child. While some people might crash a birthday party or, even a wedding, you’d be hard-pressed to find people who would turn up uninvited to a baby shower.
But if your shower is hosted with Facebook, people might not feel bad about peeking in on your party festivities. Unfortunately, Facebook, which has a checkered past with privacy breaches (https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/social-media/timeline-facebook-s-privacy-issues-its-responses-n859651) among its users, leaves ample room for unwanted users to access your private virtual baby shower celebration.
To start, the settings are complicated at best. If you’re just a casual Facebook user, you might not know the difference between sharing something with your close friends and making it publicly available to every Facebook user on and off of your friends’ list.
Just think: do you really want to your fairweather friend from High School, who was never happy for you, secretly viewing one of the happiest days of your life? Also, what about the frenemy who you’ve wanted to unfriend for five years, but haven’t built up the courage to? Ex-coworkers? Bosses? What about ex romantic partners! (Talk about awkward!) Not the best of situations and we want to help you avoid these!
If you mess up the settings, your baby shower will be free for all–those who deserve to attend and those that don’t. So make sure that your knowledge of how to control who sees your content on Facebook is up to snuff! This way you can include who you want at your party and keep out the people you want to exclude.
None of these worries come into play when using WebBabyShower. At WebBabyShower you only invite the people YOU want to invite and they can only access it with the specific link to your website whenever they like. If you want extra security on top of that you can also set up a password that has to be entered prior to accessing your virtual baby shower.
People Might Ignore Your virtual baby shower Invite
The only thing worse than having unwanted guests being able to snoop around your virtual baby shower will be having the people you want there, ignore you. No one wants to think about their best friend or sister not coming to their baby shower, but trust, it happens. And it’s not always an intentional snub.
Anyone who has the Facebook app on their phone knows that notifications fly off, during all hours of the day. It can be hard to keep up with every like, comment, post, or DM that comes your way. This leads many users to keep their event notification turned off altogether. Because, gosh, there’s already so much to keep up with. Then there are those people who do, genuinely, want to keep up with the events of all of their friends, but the notifications end up buried underneath all of that online commotion.
Whatever the reason, there’s a chance that valued members of your social circle you want to include won’t even know that your baby shower is happening. This won’t happen with a platform such as WebBabyShower, you can email an invite directly from our platform and even keep tabs on whether they have received/opened it. This is the best way to help you keep tabs on your guests.
You Can’t Control The Number Of Baby Shower Guests who “go” to your event
You also have to consider that, with Facebook, you don’t really know how many guests will actually show up to your online party. People are likely to RVSP to your event without giving it a second thought, but then end up forgetting about it. It’s no slight to you, but the results will be the same.
When the event starts, you’ll be left with half the number of guests you expected. And while that might not be quite as important with a virtual baby shower as it is with a traditional one, it still matters to you and your guests.
Every baby shower will be different just like every virtual baby shower will be too, but being able to plan for the correct number of guests will help the host keep things moving on schedule and will allow them to coordinate games and other activities around the expected attendees. What about prizes too? Even a virtual shower can have prizes for guests and this could be awkward if you don’t have enough ready!
Not Everyone Has Facebook so how can you include them?
Facebook might boast 2.6 billion users, but the world’s population nears 8 billion people! If you think about it, that means that less than one-third of the people in the world actually have a Facebook account.
Talk about Perspective!
This means that many of the people you might want to attend the baby shower will be unable to. Facebook is also super stingy when it comes to non-users using its features, so if someone doesn’t have an account, they will be left out of your online party.
Then there are those older family members and friends who may have accounts but don’t exactly know how to use them. Can you really expect your great-great-grandmother to navigate a Facebook baby shower? It’s possible, of course, but the answer is likely no.
You could also take the time to help and teach her, but honestly, would it be worth the frustration? Your great-grandma would probably never touch her account again once your virtual baby shower was over, and she might resent you for making her waste her time. (That’s assuming that you were able to successfully explain to her how it works, in the first place.) It’d be best to just use another platform from the start.
The sad fact of the matter is that choosing Facebook for your baby shower will force you to exclude many of your loved ones from the event. WebBabyShower boasts a user-friendly interface your Grandmother will approve of so you don’t need to worry about this.
Thankfully, Facebook Isn’t The Only Online Act In Town
So you’ve learned that Facebook might not be all it’s cracked up to be as a medium to hold your baby shower, but don’t lose hope yet. It’s far from the only platform that can be used to host virtual baby showers. You have options!
There are other online video and social apps out there whose features can be used to connect large groups and host the baby shower. It just depends on your individual needs, like group size and activity. But if you want a baby shower experience that’s not just slightly better than Facebook, but totally built with your needs in mind, you should seek out a company that specializes in such events: i.e. our very own, WebBabyShower.
As the first and only company that exclusively hosts virtual baby showers, Web Baby Shower has fine-tuned the process and left no stone unturned! There’s no company on the web better equipped to serve your needs. and help you to have the best ever virtual baby shower!
WebBabyShower makes it easy!
By choosing WebBabyShower, you’ll be able to plan, from beginning to end, every aspect that makes a shower great. This includes adorable themes, invitations, dates, video and photo albums, and keepsakes, just to name a few. Plus, your privacy concerns will be a thing of the past! As mentioned before, all baby showers hosted through the platform are done so through a secure online connection that no outsiders can access without that specific URL and if you want to go a step further you can set a password attendees need to use in order to access the party.
The best part is that the plans are affordable and customizable based on the individual family’s needs. So, you won’t have to go into debt to host the shower. Which, if you’ve ever hosted a traditional shower, you know that they can be expensive! Choosing Web Baby Shower is really a no-brainer if you think about it.
Facebook can be many things: an online space to connect with friends and family, hold sacred memories, forge new connections (and even stalk your friends) but it’s simply not the best place to host a virtual baby shower. And that’s okay!
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No one thing can serve all needs
You’d do well to seek out a platform created specifically for you and your family’s needs and there’s just no better place out there than WebBabyShower, but we’ll leave the final decision up to you.
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Go on, you know you want to!