The Facebook Birthday Notification Glitch: It Isn’t Just You…
If you’re one of those people who tries to wish your friends in your network a happy birthday, there’s a Facebook Birthday glitch you should know about.
The first time it happened, I thought it was me.
The second time it happened, I was even more convinced it was me. I wondered how I was allowing myself to be so distracted while performing such a simple task.
But the third time I wished someone on my Facebook friends list a Happy Birthday, only to see a reminder pop up in the right sidebar of my Facebook feed reminding me that day was the day to wish that person a happy birthday, I knew something was up. I had said something a little more than “Happy Birthday, [Insert name here.]” I had included a reference to a private joke we’ve been chuckling about for years now.
I remembered having written the post on that person’s wall. And as memory goes, mine is pretty strong.
Still, like an obedient little simpleton, I obliged the social network giant and wished them a happy birthday for the second time. This person had received so many birthday messages on her wall over the course of the day that it wasn’t practical (and I was too tired) to scroll through them all to find my earlier one.
But then I had assumed, since Facebook said I hadn’t written on her wall, that it had been deleted.
Then I got my definitive proof it was them, not me. When people comment on posts you make on their wall, you receive a notification of that response. That day, I received two: one from the last post I made, and the other from the original post I made. The recipient apparently didn’t realize I wished her a happy birthday twice, but as I said, she’d received enough that in her effort to personally respond to each one, I can certainly understand her having missed it.
Just yesterday, it did it to me again: four people in my network had birthdays. I posted a birthday message to each one. About two hours later, one of them suddenly appeared again, indicating I hadn’t done so.
So if you see me leave you two birthday wishes on your Facebook wall the next time your birthday rolls around, you’ll understand why.