Help With Your Birthday Message

Want to stand out from the others saying “Happy Birthday” or, if really creative, “Hope you have a Happy Birthday” on someone’s social media? You could add a birthday bitmoji! I personally prefer the unicorn one:

birthday greetings

If you don’t have that app, the Internet has your back. You can easily grab a birthday gif or meme from google. This is a fun one…

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Then there’s the need to draw attention to ourselves on our birthdays. But what is the perfect thing to say when posting our selfies? 

Seventeen magazine weighed in recently with a list of “35 Birthday Instagram Captions Perfect To Celebrate Your Big Day.” Some of my faves from the list included:

  • “Surround yourself with people who are more excited for your birthday than you are.”
  • “It’s not the years that count, it’s the memories you make over these years.”
  • “Hold on to your inner child as you grow older.”
  • “Live your life and forget your age.”
  • “This is my year of dreams coming true.”
  • “Birthdays are good for me. The more I have, the longer I live.”
  • “Of course, I don’t know how to act my age. I’ve never been this age before!”

To me, some of Seventeen’s suggestions work better as a social media post you’d share with someone celebrating their birthday:

  • “It’s your birthday you don’t have to do nothin’.” – Destiny’s Child, ‘Birthday’
  • “Birthdays are nature’s way of telling you to eat more cake.” — Jo Brand
  • “Growing old is mandatory, but growing up is optional.” Walt Disney
  • “Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.”Dr. Seuss

Still need some ideas? Try some birthday jokes. The ones I found on this site are pretty awful, but they sent me to this video with some funny ones:

birthday greetings

 

Social share your birthday

What do you make of a social media site devoted to bringing people together that share a birthday? Like a LinkedIn for birthday enthusiasts, the idea is to join the community, share your birth date, and network with those who share a birthday within a week or two of your own special day.

We already know, that’s a lot of people. In a previous post, I shared the stat that approximately 20 million people share the same birthday worldwide.

Founded by Kanayo Okwuraiwe, a Nigerian based in South Africa, Birthday-Mates.com officially launched in September 3, 2015 to help people connect, jointly celebrate, and create lifelong friendships with people with whom they have this unique connection. The site does offer the opportunity also to crowdfund your birthday project, which is a smart nod to people using their birthdays to make a donation or help out a cause.

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Photo credit: Kelly Hunter via Foter.com / CC BY

 

There’s a similar idea at work behind NachoBirthday.com. The site encourages users to “celebrate life by making change in your life or someone else’s by setting up crowdfunding campaigns through them.

There is no doubt, social networking is changing the ways in which celebrate birthdays in so many ways. My previous posts on this theme have addressed:

There’s also the Birthdaybox app, which enables friends and family to collaborate on a birthday video sent to the special someone on their birthday by the site.

Or the Birthday-Mates.com competitor, Doppels, which “claims to be the world’s first birthday discovery engine and social app.” It notes, “Our mission is to spark movement where your birthday allows you to connect more authentically to the world around you, find people sharing your birthday, discover those celebrating their birthday on any given day, and make new connections.”

Do you know of other sites and apps capitalizing on our love of celebrating birthdays? Please let me know!