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3/18/11

Fun With Facebook

Happy Birthday to me!

Or not.

Yaaay!

I saw this mentioned on a blog long ago (I'd link it, but the blog has since died.  Meh) and wanted to try this myself.

Tuesday was my birthday.  Yay!  Happy Birthday to me!

Wait, so was Wednesday.  Yay!  Happy Birthday to me!

Um, ok... so is today.  ...Yay!  Happy Bir--


But my real birthday is in January.

This fun social experiment took 3 days before people finally got the joke.  But during those 3 days, I got some fun statistics....

Day 1 - 20 people were fooled, including 2 family members and 1 guy who has known me since I was 6
Day 2 - 10 people still wished me a happy birthday, including 3 people who did it less than 24 hours ago.
Day 3 - The jig was up, people had figured it out.  Oh well!  You HAVE to forgive me!  It's my birthday!!!

I'd like to say that my FB friends are smarter than most.  They got the joke pretty quickly, and a handful of people knew something was up on day 1.

But still, it was a fun thing to try.  Too bad I didn't get any presents out of it...
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33 witty retorts:

squatlo said...

Well, happy birthday any damn way... In case I miss the real deal.

Choirchick22 said...

Haha that is priceless! Happy 3 day long Birthday! :)

Random Girl said...

Happy belated, if it really was in January, but you are kinda shady so it's probably in July.. sneaky boy!

Adsila said...

Happy belated birthday... your gift is in the mail.

D4 said...

It sounds like genius is what it is. I don't even have that many people added on facebook and I think it'd go extremely well

Christophe said...

Haha, that's funny. I'd be one of those people that got fooled on day one, because I don't remember birthdays well. And it's not like I have many to remember, so there's no excuse. Whatever.

Trapper said...

LOL Happy Birthday forever to your sir!

Autumnforest said...

You do know the story about the boy who cried "wolf"?

Lost.in.Idaho said...

@Autumn: Yeah, I know. But it seemed like a fun experiment to try. Especially since my birthday was a month and a half ago... recent enough where you think people would remember...

Aaron M. Gipson said...

Huh...my actual birthday was yesterday. I should try this out.

Kelly said...

Hahaha... I'll have to try that sometime on Farcebook. Every day is my birthday. Sure, I won't receive any gifts but I might get some well wishing.

Anyway, Happy Belated Birthday to ya, man! For you, I've done something extra special. Enclosed in vacuum sealed container is a gift that is hot n' steamy, overall a dark brown in color, and has bits of yellow and green vegetables embedded within it. Can you guess what this treasured present might be?

Why yes, it is a turd. It should arrive by Federal Express soon, no later than Sunday. Happy Birthday! And please, take good care of yourself and enjoy the weekend, for goodness sakes.

MacAttack said...

It's fucking ridiculous and just shows how shallow people are! My gf did it a while ago and made a random day her bday and then when hers came noone gave a fuck lol.

kitkat said...

lool i jst automatically write HBD on my fb friend's wall's once fb tells me it's their bday. i dnt even question it,lol

Lhosreiff said...

Oh man that is so mean XD

Malkavian said...

hmm a 3 day long celebration sounds nice

Come At Me Bro said...

Happy St. Patrick's day!

A Beer for the Shower said...

After reading this... I want to troll. NOW.

Shutterbug said...

I would like to think that everyday is my birthday! :)

Leanora's Blog said...

sounds like fun, if only people got you presents

Tasty said...

ROFL you fooled two family members.. that is just golden dude.

becca said...

any excuse to eat cake

allison said...

hahahah what a great idea. when i had facebook, i never said "happy birthday!!" to people when i got a notification, but noticed that they came out of the woodwork to say it to me. i figure if i dont know your birthday and an alternate way to get in touch with you, its not gonna matter if i give you birthday wishes or not. but i wish i'd thought to fuck with people like that while i had an account there.

Kicking Rocks said...

thats an awesome idea, i gotta try it out sometime!

Chris said...

Cant beat trolling on facebook

Eric P said...

That's so funny. I always know when people are just going by the Facebook birthday notifications. There are about 25-30 people who know my birthday by heart - the other 250 are just going around saying happy birthday to everybody.

Astronomy Pirate said...

Hmm, my birthday is next week, I'm going to keep doing this everyday from my birthday and see how far I can get.

TheHarvester said...

lol i dont think it would work. most of my friends there know my birthday :D

Asty said...

happy birthday! hope you have a good one

ISRAEL CARRASCO said...

That was funny. It also points out how so-called friends really dont know you as much as they pretend to.

Joe Somebody said...

most birthday comments are reactions at best. they dont check to even see who it is sometime. they just want to make another wall post.

Lady Estrogen said...

Awesome! I don't think my 'friends' would catch on for at least 4 days.

Sinclair said...

BUT, did you get any gifts? That's the really important part!

Pieter MD said...

Happy bday!! should try this joke when im bored :D

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