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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.
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