This past Friday was my birthday, and though some people wished me happy birthday on time, there were a ton of people, even on Facebook where my birthday is obvious and printed, wishing me a “happy belated!” on the fifth. That got me to thinking- how can I make sure not to do that? Checking my home page constantly is a pain- there’s too much else going on on Facebook.
Fortunately, there are those out there who are way ahead of me. Namely, those people behind fbCal. fbCal is a Facebook application/all around lifesaver. It takes the Facebook birthdays, and makes them into either an iCal calendar or an RSS feed.
For those who don’t know what that is, it means that you can see, in the calendar you already use, all your friends’ birthdays. Google Calendar, Outlook, Sunbird, and so on.
If you don’t want to do that, you can turn it into a feed that you can read with Newsgator, Google Reader, any RSS reader you have.
If you don’t have an RSS reader, do the following: Walk over to mirror. Hit self in face. Download RSS Reader.
Okay. Now you’re back. Use fbCal, and thank me later when your friends don’t hate you anymore. fbCal has already saved me a bunch of times, helping me remember the birthdays of those people who I can’t remember birthdays for, but want to wish happy birthday. It’s located here. Instructions for setup are here, and the way to find the application is here.