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Just curious... who of you wish people happy birthday via Facebook?
I do it some of the time, though really I avoid it as it seems very superficial to me. If you really care about somebody, it seems like you'd send them a card/present or visit them or something that takes a tiny bit of effort.
If the only reason you know it's somebody's birthday is because Facebook sent you a notification, then maybe it's not even worth the time to write/read the message wishing a person happy birthday.
Close friends get a text/call or a personal appearance if they are having a party.
Regular friends get a facebook message.
Acquaintances get nothing unless I happen to be talking to them for some other reason.
You cannot argue with agile people so just take the extreme approach and shoot him.
I cross reference a personal database with all known birthdays via a back-end call to Facebook (FB) API's within my personal FB application.
Once a match is identified, an auto-responder posts to that "friend's" wall using one of 276 preformatted birthday wishes, all of which are customized to give the illusion of being a personal entry, including the occasional typo.
When that person posts a comment, my FB app will pick up on it and notify me via txt msg of the comment. If the comment is personal, other than a "hey, thanx!" or something, I will personally reply back. Only the rare person (other than immediate family) gets an in-person or phone call; that is, unless I'm single (of which I'm not ) and they're a hot & single babe (of which, I don't know of any such persons... )
What's really funny is, I put my Birthday as January 1 on any and all websites, including FB, and people who've known me for years, even some close family, post "Happy Birthday" wishes on that day...
Feb 30th works on some websites. If that doesn't work, use Feb 29th 1900 (not a leap year). At worst, you'll only be inconvenienced once every 4 years (or 97 times every 400 years). Although, I do have a friend who is a genuine Feb 29th - she'll be 7 in 3 years time.
I use it for people who I know use Facebook often. For me it's a huge waste of valuable time, but I have some friends around the web who use nothing else to communicate. If I don't wish a Happy Birthday there, they'll never see it. Other than that, I have little use for it.
Interestingly facebook has figured out when my birthday is by people posting messages to me. I've never entered my DOB but it keeps suggesting that I update my profile with their suggested date which, disturbingly, is correct.
Probably tracks whenever people wish you a happy birthday, regardless of what date you put on there. Would be a clever way to find people lying about their birth dates. Not sure why they would want to do that other than maybe tracking the minors that aren't supposed to be on there.
If it is someone I care about enough to wish them happy birthday then I will do so less publicly.
I also disable my account the evening before my birthday to avoid the empty wishes of others.
A mate of mine has his birthday set to a completely different date from his real birthday, each year he gets the standard "Happy birthday, have a good one" message from loads of people, each year he tells them it isn't really his birthday.
“I believe that there is an equality to all humanity. We all suck.” Bill Hicks
Well there are a few job sites that want you to pay for the privilege. Interestingly, I never paid for the ladder but I checked my inbox on tech listings and I got the same spam from "free sites" for jobs that were being advertised on the ladder. Why pay if you get the same garbage elsewhere for free. Now if it wasn't garbage ...
Surprised, no. Furious, yes. Being "free" (actually not free, you pay by allowing them to serve you ads) is no excuse for betraying their users and selling their email addresses (and more) to spammers.
I was a career contractor for the better part of 20 years, and have used those sites for the most part There's no getting around this. Agencies don't go directly to those sites. They have mining tools that usually go so far as to write the introductory emails for them.
My suggestion is to create a 'job search' email account, hold your nose, and just barrel ahead.
IT recruiters are people who failed the ethics exam to be used car salesmen and the intelligence test to be toll takers.
When you find one that's an exception (they do actually exist) hold on with both hands.
Many of us have heard about the tragic deaths of the firefighters in Arizona. A few years ago I read the book about some smokejumpers who were caught in a gulch and many died that day as well. What I find really amazing is that they went into temperatures higher than 40 degC and still had the temperature raised higher by the wind fanning the forest fires. They had to contend with that and having to dress in heat-resistant clothing which must weigh a ton itself and still wear a heavy hat and have to carry backpacks and heavy tools as well. They must have been at the point of exhaustion but still they worked on. Top blokes indeed. They deserve all accolades.
If there is one thing more dangerous than getting between a bear and her cubs it's getting between my wife and her chocolate.