A Fix for Facebook’s Birthday Obsession


Tomorrow is my annual birthday (yup, Halloween), and as much as I genuinely appreciate the annual barrage of well-meaning Facebook birthday wishes, at the end of the day I find it all to be a lot more trouble than it’s worth. So here is my solution, which I hope you will find useful. It consists of two parts:

  1. First, I don’t wish anybody a happy birthday on Facebook — not even my own wife. That’s right, you understood me correctly, whenever Facebook tells me it’s somebody’s birthday, I deal with it outside of Facebook.
  2. Next, the day before my birthday, I post a feisty but festive message (see above for an example) on my timeline asking folks to not post birthday wishes on my Facebook page.

That’s it! Hope it works for you too!

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