Facebook Birthdays Policy and Apology
Right: after some facebook embarrassment: I am like the queen*, I have a real birthday and a fake birthday. For some reason facebook had my real birthday, this is an oversight, the whole reason for having fake birthday is for people like facebook. I remember now why; its from my last travels, every time I changed country I had to put it in to prove my me-ness. In answer to your questions no, facebook does not have my phone number either.
I'm not paranoid, paranoid people only think people are out to get them, on the internet people are out to get you!
I have a policy on facebook, I don't let it publish my birth date, for obvious reasons its a F&^%^ING SECURITY QUESTION, and in my case a lie, its embarrassing when all of facebook wished me happy birthday when it wasn't.
Part two of the policy is that I am crap, I know it, if I don't know your birthdays and facebook reminds me I usually don't wish you happy birthday. Sorry, but I forgot, being reminded by facebook seems disingenuous to me, sorry I know everyone else doesn't think like that. Please don't think Its criticism.
However this leads to awkwardness. According to facebook there are multiple birthdays on the same day (the date of this post has been faked to protect the innocents security questions). I wished one of them Happy Birthday, lets call him Cat Man, because I genuinely remembered his birthday. I haven't wished a Greek fella I know happy birthday cos I'd forgotten, like wise Biker Dog Man - Sorry.
Damn this is complicated. Ironically I could get away with disingenuous murder. Many of my facebook friends are in the UK, and I'm many hours ahead. Facebook reminds me of your birthdays the evening before, your time.
I do love you, and for your own protection I advise you turn off facebook sharing your birthday, in fact make a fake one for online use. That way when, not if, it leaks it won't threaten your internet backing. Secondly many people will remember your birthday anyway, as they did mine. and more to the point I won't feel guilty that I forgot your birthday.
Plus its awesome when facebook targets you with ads for Saga Holidays cos it thinks your an OAP.
*ERRATA: We are like the Queen