I'm a programmer specialising in performant and scalable systems using PHP and Ruby and cooking

On musings

Digital birthdays

These days letters are a dying medium, especially with the younger generations. In the past if a friend was celebrating their birthday you'd send a letter or call them but now all I see is people sending birthday wishes via Facebook.

Today I saw someone sending birthday wishes on Twitter and it got me thinking.

Some people see sending birthday messages on Facebook as thoughtless and lazy, I used to agree, however I'm looking at it a little differently.

Is sending a message because Facebook told you to really any different than sending a text because your phones calendar reminded you. Or sending a letter because you kitchen calendar reminded you for that matter?

Just food for thought.