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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.