We are too well aware that much of Twitter’s content is comprised of Blogging the Bodily Fluids Stream — and we know how useless it can be. Twitter also can be useful when used properly. I am here to tell you that Kickbee is here and is number one in uselessness. When I tried to visit the Kickbee website, I was met with this warning from Google:
Clicking on the “Why was this page blocked?” button above, leads you to this explanation from Google for Kickbee.net below:
What’s going on here? Is Kickbee really a scam, sham, or something viral?
Here’s a PR blurp on the device explaining the concept:
You post your first sonogram photo on Facebook to let the world know you’re pregnant and now your yet-too-be-born baby can tweet from the womb? How? Pregnant women can wear a special belt around their belly called the Kickbee, the Twittering fetal activity monitor. When her baby rocks a roundhouse, she’ll feel the little (or big) movement and so with the Kickbee, which will send an update off to Twitter or Dad-to-Be’s iPhone, bragging, “I kicked Mommy!”
Reactions to the device have been so mixed that the creator felt the need to respond to the criticism:
Twitter enables us to share the baby’s movement activity with anyone. Initially, I had the updates set as “private”…so you would have to request permission to follow Kickbee.
Now, this was long before the Kickbee became commercially available and there was just one Kickbee out there. Fine, we don’t have to follow your baby’s kicks. Why make it possible for every parent out there to shove their baby kicks right into our faces?
For the parents who look forward to posting thousands of photos of their children for the world to see (who don’t realize they need to take their children offline, the Kickbee is surely a dream come true. Aww — little Johnny kicked Mommy, let’s tell everyone!
Let’s not tell everyone. Rather, let’s kick the Kickbee to the curb where it belongs.