Facebook has made it easier to remember the birthdays of friends and family, but it has also lead to a stream of quickly composed "happy birthday" posts that lack depth and feeling. If you want to make your birthday wish stand out, put in more time and effort than those around you. Use the various features available in Facebook -- such as the option to post links and images -- to make your message the one that your friend will remember the most.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Learn the dates of your friend's birthdays, or keep them written down. Don't rely on Facebook to remember dates for you -- this means you can plan ahead for when the special day comes, and won't get caught out if any of your closest friends haven't published their date of birth on the social network.
Write something worthwhile. Avoid a quick "happy birthday" greeting and post something with more thought and depth to it. You might want to mention some of the things you like about the person in question, or reminisce about a shared experience, or even write a short birthday poem celebrating the special day.
Make your message personal. Avoid leaving a standard message that could be posted on anyone's Timeline; instead, write something that's unique to the person celebrating the birthday. This could be anything from a quotation from your friend's favourite TV show to a story about the time you first met.
Include an image. When posting on someone's Timeline, Facebook offers a "Photo" option that enables you to upload pictures. You could include an image of you holding up a "Happy Birthday" sign, an image of your friend's favourite place, or a shot of you with two thumbs up, for example. The more creative, the better.
Include a link, which you can post into the Facebook post box; this could be anything from a link to an ecard you've created to a YouTube clip of a birthday message you've recorded for the occasion. Using a link is a great way of expanding your birthday message beyond Facebook to another site, and again try and make this as personal as possible.
Tips and warnings
- Remember a birthday message posted to the Timeline of a friend or relative can usually be seen by others, depending on the Timeline privacy settings your contact has set up. For more private and personal messages, use the Messages or Chat features built into Facebook instead.
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