Yesterday was my birthday.
I am not huge “birthday guy”. I love my children’s birthday more than my own birthday and my mother loves my birthday more than I do.
A lot of people know my birthday. Co-workers, family and friends all know my birthday. This year I got a ton of birthday wishes.
But itwas different.
One summer when I was in sleepaway camp on my birthday I got like 250 “in person” birthday wishes. The guy who made the breakfast anouncements said “the 100th person who wishes Eliyahu Fink a Happy Birthday gets a free soda”. Everyone wanted a free soda so throughout the day random kids were wishing me Happy Birthday. I like that. It felt good to be acknowledged (birthday or not…).
This year, I was not in sleepaway camp and there were no contests.
I got 7 in person happy birthdays.
I got 2 phonecall happy birthdays.
I got 8 Twitter timeline happy birthdays.
I got 3 Twitter direct message happy birthdays.
I got 2 SMS Text happy birthdays.
I got 39 Facebook happy birthdays.
Notice a trend?
Yes, technology contributed tremendously to my birthday wishes.
I don’t have any major commentary about this, I just think it is notable. Social networking plays such an important role in our 2009 lives. It is not going to change so if you are not yet on Twitter or Facebook or leaving comments on blogs, you are a little behind the curve.
That’s okay. I am not saying we all need to be ahead of the curve. What I am saying is our world is trending into a more digital era.