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Facebook's “comment a memory” meme should replace “HBD!”

Facebook's “comment a memory” meme should replace “HBD!”
From TechCrunch - December 27, 2017

I find it truly sad the way Facebook has led us to reduce wishing friends a happy birthday to a meaningless, generic chore. Its not Facebooks fault. It gives us an open-ended comment box. But our laziness and sense of social obligation unfurl as a pile of Happy Birthday! or even HBD! wall posts.

Ive been bashing this emergent behavior since 2011. Its one of the reasons people feel like Facebook is destroying the meaning of friendship. Some go so far as to change the date of their birthday or close their wall to avoid the contentless notifications. Some might say posting HBD or another simple nicety is better than nothing, but its so easy to be more heartfelt.

Thats why I think the latest Facebook status update meme going around should be repurposed for birthdays. Dozens of friends recently posted If youre reading this, even if we barely talk,commentamemoryof us.After, make this your status because youd be surprised the memories people hold of you.

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