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Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 08/06/2012

Blocking yet another photo of a friend’s kid

Monday morning I spammed several family members with an adorable snapshot of my daughters dressed for their first day of ballet class.

Well, I thought it was adorable anyway, cute enough to bother several adults who would have received it just as they were sorting through their Monday morning e-mail crush.

Were they annoyed?

None of them have the heart to tell me, but if they were, consider the following a public service message.

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There’s a new technology that will allow anyone who is over seeing other people’s kids on Facebook to block out the photos automatically. comes from Google Chrome and, when downloaded, will automatically replace any baby picture posted on Facebook with a picture of … a cat.

“Rejoice: Now you don’t have to look at all your friends’ annoying kids,” promises the Web site.

Launched last week, many in the technology world predict it will be wildly popular. Facebook, as any recent user can attest, is dominated by our generation of parents, all seemingly quick to upload the latest shot of junior doing something that just must be seen.

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The problem for even our most big-hearted friends is that these photos are usually dreadfully repetitive. Most kids tend to follow that same trajectory from birth to wide-eyed wonder to solid food to first birthday. Even fellow parents can silently fume, “Enough already.”

The way works, according to Slate, is to scan news feeds for “trigger” words, that is the words we parents tend to attach to our must-see kid photos. When “cute,” or “first birthday” or “bundle of joy” is detected, the photo is automatically replaced with a generic image of a cat.

Users can also add words to root out pictures of specific babies they have caught one too many glimpses of (or, perhaps, one they know is being potty-trained.)

Users can also choose a different replacement photo, like a dog, or even a hot dog — which, I can hear one of my sisters admitting, might be more interesting to ponder than the 45th photo of the D’Arcy girls in tutus.

What do you think? Would you use Would you be insulted if you found a friend was using it to block your child’s photos?

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