A few years ago, when I created my Facebook profile, it was a real high seeing hundreds of birthday greetings flowing onto my profile page on my birthday.
Today, it’s like junk mail. Not quite as annoying as “poking,” but so commonplace that I find myself asking, “Why am I doing this??????”
It does nothing to further the conversation. It doesn’t position me as an expert. And knowing that my birthday greeting is being lumped in with hundreds of other greetings does nothing to set me apart from all the other well-wishers.
Actually, I delegate the task of sending birthday greetings to my virtual assistant, Christine Buffaloe. But I think there are far better ways for HER to be spending her time, too.
Within the last week or two, I read something from someone who said they prefer to send select birthday greetings via email, and only to those who they know well because it makes more of an impression.
What about you? Do you agree?
Have you stopped sending birthday greetings on Facebook? What other time-wasting tasks have you discontinued?