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Where Facebook Does Something Right

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soc_econ.pngIt's rare that we talk about Facebook - as an entity - doing something right.

Often it's in the context of crappy privacy and security, of secret (and not-so-secret) plans to take over the Internet, or in time-sucking games (and how requests to play them make the "Wall" unusable).

But there is one thing that Facebook does well: Birthdays.

Birthdays matter. Even if you don't make a big deal about them, even if you don't want a big celebration (I fall into both those categories), having them ignored or forgotten hurts. I've witnessed it - my eldest had a birthday party once where nobody came1. I've experienced it - one year, every co-worker's birthday at work got a carry-in and cake... except mine.2

Birthdays are important because that's one day that you're supposed to matter a little bit more. That you're just a little more important and relevant. It doesn't take much to wish someone a happy birthday.

And that doesn't matter.

I really appreciate every birthday wish I got - whether through e-mail, snail mail, or on Facebook. Every last one.3

Thank you for taking a moment out of your day to think of me.

Have a great day!

1 It turned out mostly okay, though.
2 Scrounging up a cake and pizza and bringing it was one of the nicest things A ever did for me. Of course, in a later year she forgot entirely about it, so karmic balance was restored...
3 I tried to reply to them all as well; I am SO sorry if I somehow missed you!

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