Yesterday (February 11th) was my birthday. Happy birthday to me!
I am not a very sociable person offline so, this year, I wanted to see if I can have a calm, relaxing birthday. I made my birth date private on Facebook. Unfortunately I forgot to do the same on LinkedIn and it seems you can’t do this on Skype.
263 friends on Facebook, 2546 connections on LinkedIn and a few relatives. All relatives called (by phone or Skype) to wish me a Happy Birthday. I received about 10 birthday messages on LinkedIn (from persons I don’t remember adding). On Facebook I received three profile posts (my sister, an old friend and a high school colleague born on the same day) and 5 private messages (from people who I really like).
Getting off-the-grid was an idea that I had in order not to receive those tens of messages on my profile on Facebook. I was also curious how many people actually know me (outside of Facebook). I know that many don’t actually remember birthdays (I don’t), but really?! Do you need a Facebook reminder to tell you that your friend`s birthday is today?!
Anyway, I had the nice and calm day I wished for.
In an unrelated matter, I loved the new “Penguins of Madagascar” cartoon. I watched it today with my wife and Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private are awesome.