Pat Kennedy - Your Washington, DC Real Estate Connection


Wow! What's This Facebook Birthday Thing?

Starting on Wednesday, they started showing up on my wall on Facebook - birthday greetings by the hundreds!

They came from my brother, Bob, in Korea.

They came from blog buddies all over the country.

They came from cousins.

There was even one from my sweet godmother in Ellicott City!

And as I read them, I started to wonder how all of these people managed to remember - especially since I have yet to figure out how to get Facebook's birthday pixie how to remind me when I have friends and family about to celebrate one. 

If any of you have any tips for me, I'd love to know!

And it was a wonderful birthday.  We won't say which one.  I am a lot older than I look! 

And to everyone who sent birthday wishes, that you so very much!

Comment balloon 28 commentsPatricia Kennedy • April 24 2010 01:31PM


Hi Patricia, Happy Birthday. I think it is good and I still have my birthday year on there:) Yikes! Tiffany

Posted by Tiffany Torgan, Featured on HGTV's New Show! How Close Can I Beach (Harcourts Prestige Properties of La Jolla) over 10 years ago

Happy Birthday, Patricia!

Posted by William True, Sarasota Real Estate (True Sarasota Real Estate) over 10 years ago

I can't help you....but happy belated birthday anyway!

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) over 10 years ago

As far as I know it is automatic.  If a friend puts their birthday in all their friends are send a reminder.  You don't have to do anything.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) over 10 years ago

Happy birthday Patricia. Just don't post the year out there anywhere or everyone will know too.

Posted by Bill Travis, Broker/Owner (Captain Bill Realty, LLC) over 10 years ago

Pat:  I think Facebook gives you a reminder in the right margin, as long as you are logged in on the day of the birthday.  That's my problem with Facebook...I'm never logged in.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 10 years ago

Isn't that cool?  And I am assuming that you are all of 35 right?  Happy birthday dear Pat!

Posted by Paula McDonald, Ph.D., Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) over 10 years ago

Ok Pat, I missed that and I feel real bad about it. So... here you are, my best birthday wish....

Happy Birthday Pat Kennedy

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 10 years ago

Happy belated birthday Miss Patricia....

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 10 years ago

Hey Pat.  Glad you had a great birthday.  Facebook lets you know about upcoming birthdays on your newsfeed page.  When you log in, its on the right hand side of the page.  It will let you everybody having a birthday in the next few days.  It really is very handy, otherwise I would miss many a birthday.

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) over 10 years ago

Happy belated birthday, Pat.  I still miss a lot of birthday on fb, because I don't log on everyday:(

Posted by Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale (RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 ) over 10 years ago

What I like about the whole Facebook birthday thing is that even if YOU don't want to celebrate, you get CELELBRATED - even better!

Happy happy,


Posted by Michael Bergin, Northern Virginia Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - ABR - SRES ) over 10 years ago


Have a Happy Birthday.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 10 years ago

Hey! I guess you must have been honest about the day and date (if not also the year) in your FB profile. I am a big fan of yours - happy birthday!! and obviously, I am not alone! xo

Posted by Ellie Shorb, Realtor DC, MD & VA Luxury Home Expert (Compass Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Happy Birthday Pat...I was going to get you something but someone here said you were loaded and had everything you need already. :)

Posted by Eric J, Dream Home Financing (Eric J - Dream Home Financing) over 10 years ago

Hi Pat ~ Happy birthday! This calls for some investigating. I hope mine's hidden - I can't remember if I put in the right date - I know the year isn't right. That would be a bit much if I got a bunch of birthday wishes on some random day. Off to make sure it's well hidden.


Posted by Elizabeth Bolton, Cambridge MA Realtor (RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA) over 10 years ago

Pat - Happy Birthday!!!  Upcoming birithdays come up on the right side of my facebook homepage, they are also sent to my phone.

Posted by Michelle Gibson, REALTOR (Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. ) over 10 years ago


My latest involvement over there is some folks, friends on it, got viruses from some facebook friends. I got such an Email but did not open it.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Pat - HAPPY BIRTHDAY. There's a list on the sidebar of folks brithday's. Not sure how you get included,  whether you can opt out, etc. I also get them on Plaxo daily.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Happy belated birthday.  I remember my first experience with this.  I was at the grocery store and a neighbor (the husband mind you) wished me a happy birthday.  I was blown away.  I could not believe that my birthday was being published to the world.  A number of  years later I'm now finding it fun to get all those birthday wishes.  It is almost like queen for a day.  The cool thing is that I don't have to publish the age!

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 10 years ago

Hi Pat...Happy belated birthday and happy early birthday in case I miss next year too.


Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) over 10 years ago

Hi Pat,

I am a little late to the party, but Happy Birthday anyways!!!  Hope you had a good one. 


Posted by Peter and Dawn Smith (Circle Shot Media) over 10 years ago

Happy belated birthday. Hopefully, you will have many many more...

Helping you help others live their American dream...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 10 years ago

It's a great deal cheaper than sending B'day cards and less time than creating an e-card. Glad to felt special on your Birthday.

Posted by Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Happy Birthday  Pat ..and many many more happy birthay pathappy birthay pat

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) over 10 years ago

Hi Pat... my birthday was just a few weeks ago and I could not get over how many greeting I received thanks to Facebook.  I'm glad to hear that yours was so special!

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 10 years ago

Hi Pat - I'm glad you had a good one.  When you log into Facebook, on the home page (not your profile), look in the right-hand column and you'll see if one or more of your friends has a birthday that day or the next.  Then when you click on their name, you can wish them a happy birthday.  I'm not surprised that you got a lot of birthday wishes - you have a lot of friends!

Posted by Susan Neal, Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker (RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks) over 10 years ago

Pat - that is one thing I really like about Facebook - all the cool messages from friends!!! You are never alone!!!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 10 years ago