Celebrate Your Friends’ Birthdays on Facebook - dummies

Celebrate Your Friends’ Birthdays on Facebook

By Carolyn Abram

Part of Facebook For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Celebrating birthdays on Facebook is a great way to show your friends you care about them. Facebook birthday celebrations are fun, inexpensive, and easy to do. Here’s how:

What to Do What It Is How to Do It
Write on their Timelines. Formerly called the “Wall,” this public forum usually
fills up with well-wishes on a person’s birthday.
Go to a friend’s Timeline, find the Share box below their
cover photo and enter your message.
Poke them. A poke is a casual gesture that can mean “I’m
thinking of you.” Only the recipients are aware of your
poke.
Go to a friend’s Timeline and click the gear icon in the
bottom right of her cover photo. Select Poke from the menu that
appears.
Tag them in a status update. Status updates are your own posts to your friends on Facebook.
You can add tags to posts to give a shout-out to the people you
mention.
Go to your Timeline and start typing a status in the Share box.
Then begin typing your friend’s name. Select your friend’s name
from the list that appears, and when you post, he’ll be
notified.
Give them a gift. Facebook’s gift shop allows you to purchase gifts for
friends. Facebook handles the credit card transactions and getting
your friends’ addresses for shipping real gifts.
Go to their Timelines and click the Give Gift button in the
bottom right of their cover photo. A gift shop window opens where
you can browse gifts both digital (like gift cards) and analog
(like candy).
Call them. This is a good old-fashioned verbal birthday wish. Go to their Timelines, click the Info tab, and look for their
phone number located under Contact Info. Use your phone to call
them up!