In my Facebook career, I’ve always made it a point to respond to every birthday wish I receive on my wall. When I had my birthday not long ago, I was repeatedly chided by my girlfriend for ignoring her (in her mind) and the Miami sun to respond to my birthday wishes. Imagine my chagrin when, as @eliciaeler at RWW pointed out, the new Timeline made it so very difficult to respond to each post.
This feels like part of an existing trend to me – one in which we all are sacrificing relationship and uniqueness for efficiency. We see it in everything from mass-produced furniture to fast food to, now, our friendships.
I will point out that I beared the brunt of my chiding and still responded to each post, even though Facebook made it a pain. I hope that the 81 of 552 friends I have who chose Facebook as the way to wish me a happy birthday appreciated that.
To my grandmother, the only person who chose the ancient method of sending a card (she’s not on Facebook), your birthday wish is also on my wall – the one in my kitchen.