Babies of NYC “Media Elites” Have Thousands of Twitter Followers
In a recent story published in New York magazine, the newest accessory for your baby isn’t a fancy stroller or a designer onesie, it’s a Twitter account.
High-profile parents of babies everywhere are creating Twitter accounts for their infants and posting updates in their child’s voices for babies as young as two weeks old. According to New York, it’s the so-called “media elites” who are behind the trend in tiny person social media usage.
You wouldn’t think a baby that small would have that much to tweet about, other than maybe eating and pooping, but you’d be wrong. Harper Estelle Wolford-Gosk, the 2-week-old daughter of Today show correspondent Jenna Wolfe and NBC News correspondent Stephanie Gosk, is one baby whose Twitter handle is has already blown up with almost 6,500 followers.
In one tweet, Harper says, “I'm 2 wks old today. From what i can piece together, we're celebrating with a walk along the river this morn. Way to go all out, Moms. :)” Heavy stuff, Harper!
Harper’s moms said they registered their daughter’s Twitter account when she was born “in order to give her a little voice in the loud world of social media." Other parents say they have the accounts not only because it’s funny to speak in their child’s voice, but because they want to “lock up” the domain name for their kids and ensure that their precious tykes names don’t get hijacked.
According to ESPN reporter and ABC News correspondent Steve Rovell, “I locked down her name at Gmail, her dot-com, her Twitter handle. It was just an intellectual capital investment.” He added, “It didn't take me much time, and it gives you a little peace of mind.” Rovell says he got the idea from Lance Armstrong, who also secured accounts for his children.
Other parents who are for the idea say that Twitter provides a digital scrapbook for them to provide photos and other cute baby doings to family and friends. It’s hard to believe that thousands of followers are really that into all the doings of these social media-savvy babies, no matter how high profile, but we do have to admit, if Blue Ivy or North West wants to start tweeting, we’ll be following.