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You can be really lazy now when wishing someone a happy birthday on Facebook

It only requires you to reply with a single number.

Image: Shutterstock/Romiana Lee

FACEBOOK IS PRETTY incessant when reminding you about someone’s birthday, sending you both a update and a push notification to remind you.

It’s something that required little thought. Write “happy birthday [insert name here]” and if you were feeling creative, you could add “hope it’s a great day” or a ‘happy birthday x’ video from YouTube (it’s a safe bet to assume every real name you can think of has a happy birthday video dedicated to it, it’s just a matter of picking one).

Now Facebook seems to be reducing the action even further by turning it into an instant reply, specifically replying ’1′ to a SMS message.

The feature is part of Facebook’s SMS notifications, which allow users to interact through text messages. This usually applies to whenever you receive a message, a response to a status update, or if you receive a friend request.

It also allows you to post photos and status updates and is generally used by those who have a limited data plan or are usually in an area with patchy 2G/3G coverage.

So if someone only posts “Happy Birthday” the next time your big day arrives, it’s probably best to assume very little thought or effort went into it.

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Still, at least cake will make up for the disappointment.

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