A birthday is the date when someone is born, however in the context of the indieweb, it is a feature displayed on some silos' user profiles that you can (or must) enter, and some prominently present to your friends on the month and day of your birthday, like Facebook's "BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK" feature at the top of their events page.
- Ashton McAllan on http://acegiak.net/ using
dt-bdayin her h-card on her home page since (????-??-??)
- Aaron Parecki publishes the month and day of his birthday using
dt-bdayon his home page h-card since 2016-02
- Sebastiaan Andeweg added some code to display a cake-emoji next to the profile picture on his main h-card, which also advertises his birthday in mf2, but only on the day itself.
<data class="dt-bday" value="--MM-DD">🎂</data>
- Martijn van der Ven displays his age and a countdown to his birthday on his website. The countdown, when parsed for microformats gives the time-of-birth as
bdayexact to the minute.
Facebook has had a birthday field in user profiles since pretty close to the beginning, including separate privacy levels for the date (day & month) and year:
with various privacy levels for the "Year":
Year dropdown privacy menu options:
- My Followers
- People I Follow
- We follow each other
- Only me
On your birthday, when people visit your profile page, balloons fly up from the bottom of the screen:
IndieWebCamp sessions about birthdays:
Birthdays are often used as part of a person's identity and thus publishing a precise accurate birthday pose an identity theft security risk. As a result, people at some IndieWebCamps have self-reported as using non-real birthdays on silos.
Birthdays are often used by social networks to create spurious notifications - see Friendster's line in this video
- Brainstorming: https://twitter.com/leahculver/status/998046555100860416
- "Lazy Calendar could also be a service that sends you a push notification reminder a few days before birthdays and holidays." @leahculver May 20, 2018
- Silo problems with using birthday literally for a project account: https://twitter.com/danprimack/status/1153385666593644546
- "Sigh, @Twitter.
I created an account for my podcast, @ProRataPod. Noticed the "birth date" was public, so changed it to July 2018, which is when the podcast launched. Now I'm locked out because I'm "too young" to manage a Twitter account." @danprimack July 22, 2019
- "Sigh, @Twitter.
- Silo problems with too young a birthday date for a company: https://www.jamesgill.co/dont-change-your-birthday-on-twitter/
changed the year to 2006 – the actual year we legally started the business (unlike 1991 which was the year I was born). […] I received a warning […] I went ahead and confirmed […] “Your account is locked.”