One of the simple traditions Facebook users have is wishing their friends “happy birthday.”
It eventually became part of Facebook’s interface, so you could see your friends with birthdays at a glance from the site’s homepage.
In its quest to find new sources of revenue, Facebook hijacked that tradition and switched the invitation to post birthday wishes to a new gift-giving feature, in an effort to encourage users to buy things on Facebook.
There’s a convoluted, counterintuitive routine you can follow to post your birthday wishes by clicking on the “Buy a gift” links, but we found a much easier way.
- Click on Events.
- One of the first things you’ll see is a list of friends with birthdays—just as it used to appear on Facebook’s homepage:
- Post your birthday wishes.