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One Father Tells 8BitDad the Price of Going Viral
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One Father Tells 8BitDad the Price of Going Viral

The Price of Going Viral

It all started with a cute picture posted on Reddit. You probably saw it somewhere under a different name, but was originally titled “My wife took our 5 month old son to get his first passport photos taken — NAILED IT!” The simple picture (above, sans 8BD grafitti) was of a passport photo outtake where junior didn’t manage well with the flash. The picture was funny, people upvoted it. It hit the front page of Reddit. But it didn’t stop there.

In this new digital age, it’s easy to “go with the flow.” If you’re a dad and into social media, the flow is pretty simple: share pics of your kid on social media platforms, have a couple laughs at funny pictures of your family, and soak in the likes/upvotes. But what if it didn’t stop there? What if a couple of laughs turned into you having to close your Reddit, YouTube and Twitter accounts and rename yourself on Facebook?

One dad recently found out that 15 minutes of fame can lead to a creepy mix of local news affiliates hunting down friends and an unexpected army of admirers and detractors to your parenting style.

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