A bit over 4 Months ago my second son was born. I shared the news and first photos via a variety of social networks that I use. However what I noticed this time that was different than 3 years ago when my first son was born, was the amount of engagement from the different networks.
When my first son was born 3 years ago, I received the most congratulations and replies via Twitter. In the past 3 years the amount of users and friends on Twitter has continued to grow, so I expected the same amount or more replies via Twitter, but with the recent birth announcment only a few replies and congratulations came via Twitter. I think this is because with the increased number of Twitter users, the service has also become noiser, the so-called Signal-to-Noise ratio has gotten worse.
I have been using Foursquare mostly as a way to record/track new places I've visited, restaurants & coffee shops that I've tried. But in the last few months there has been more interaction with friends commenting and Liking my check-ins, and I received several Likes and congratulations comments on my check-in at the hospital where my son was born. This was an unexpected but welcome usage of the network that I typically use as a sort of back up long term memory for locations.
Of the photo sharing services I use I received a couple congratulatory messages on Pinterest and Flickr. Also there are those that do not use the social web or do not check it often I received a fair number of congratulations by E-mail. I'm not a fan of E-mail unless it's the only option, and unfortunately that is the case for some friends/family who are not yet on the social network bandwagon.
Looking at how different people sent their congratulations 3 years ago compared to this year it feels like Social Networks has become more fragmented. Because of this fragmentation I feel a need to post to a variety of social network since different friends/family/etc choose to use different social networks and don't check other social networks. On a side note company's blocking each others social networks such as the recent issues with Instagram/Facebook and Twitter do not help this situation either. I don't have an answer for how to improve this situation, but just wanted to share my observations for how social networks have changed over the past few years.