Is Twitter a Surrogate for Social Classifieds?

Long gone are the days of formal birth announcements, usually found in newspapers and classified sections. With the growing popularity of social media sites such as Twitter, more celebrities (and non-celebrities) are announcing pregnancies online.

Today, celebrities use Twitter to share their big news.

Long gone are the days of formal birth announcements, usually found in newspapers and classified sections. With the growing popularity of social media sites such as Twitter, more celebrities (and non-celebrities) are announcing pregnancies online.

On Friday, jewelry designer and Apprentice host Ivanka Trump made headlines across the blogosphere when she announced her pregnancy with Jared Kushner on Twitter, writing “I have been wanting to share some amazing news with you all for some time… I’m pregnant!.”

Mrs. Trump isn’t the only celebrity tweeting about her bun in the oven. Two weeks ago, singer and songwriter Jewel also tweeted “Ty and I are so excited” in regards to her pregnancy with Ty Murray. Last year, Fashion stylist Rachel Zoe tweeted “Hey everyone! I want to officially confirm to my loyal friends and followers that I am pregnant!” and singer/actress Paulina Rubio shared her big news when she wrote “Life has a new meaning,” as she told her fans that they were going to be aunts and uncles. In 2009, Model and actress Tila Tequila also told the world she was expecting when she tweeted “I am going to become a SURROGATE MOTHER for my brother & his Wife!!! That is my xmas present to them. I’m pregnant!!!!”.

While tweeting may be a fast and easy way for celebrities to control their public image, Twitter also raises authenticity problems for stars: on Sunday, an anonymous Twitter prankster wrote that actress Selena Gomez is pregnant with Justin Bieber’s baby, a rumor that spread like a virus through celebrity gossip sites.

Stars also tweet to fight back against pregnancy gossip: last week, actress/musician Hillary Duff took matters into her own hands when Star Magazine announced that the twenty-three-year-old was pregnant with her first child. Duff clarified on Twitter “Wow what a way to wake up and find out your pregs! It’s just a rumor guys! Not true. But thanks for all the good wishes! Lol.”

Whether it’s celebrities or friends, I’m happy to share the good news via Twitter, I just hope we continue decorating lawns with plastic storks; some things can’t be replaced with a tweet.