My son recently told me that I “text old.” What does that mean? Apparently, adding too many punctuation marks and spelling out every word shows my age.
So, I asked myself what other parts of my life need updating and I decided to revamp the way I keep track of birthdays.
There are several ways to track birthdays on your computer. You could enter each birthday as a recurring event in your calendar program. You could use Facebook’s birthday reminders, which is quick and easy, but doesn’t include people not on Facebook. Several greeting card manufacturers have their own software programs. There are also online services where you choose a card and order it online, which is then snail-mailed to the recipient.
Recently, I received an email from BlueMountain.com (an e-card service), announcing their free birthday tracking software: http://www.bluemountain.com/socialbutterfly. I decided to give it a test-run. Here’s how it works:
First, you download their software. Then, you go to their reminder section, and enter each person’s birthday. You can even set it to send you an email reminder (which you have to do with each one as you go). The program puts an icon on your desktop, which when clicked, shows a list of the upcoming dates. If you want, you can also integrate the software to display your Facebook friends’ birthdays.
When your email reminder arrives, you just click on “send a birthday card.” It takes you to the Blue Mountain website, where you can choose an e-card to send. There is even an option to attach an Amazon gift card if you want. Blue Mountain has a few free cards, or you can pay to be a member and get a wider selection.
If you don’t want to send an e-card, there is a “create and print” option. Or, just use the system as a reminder to buy and send “old fashioned” birthday cards. As for me, I am trying not to look quite so old.