Happy birthday!

I love seeing the Facebook notification light up on my birthday. Who doesn’t? But my guess is that most people can’t help but feel some sort of repetition and monotony when clicking through. Don’t get me wrong; I enjoy every single post on my Facebook timeline. It makes me feel loved, you guys.

With the Facebook Graph API and a couple lines of JavaScript, I extracted the text from the Facebook wall posts on my last birthday. Without any names or formatting, feels a little different, doesn’t it?

/^happy b(irth)?day,?( paul( shen)?)?!*$/gim

47/96 matches! I could easily list out the strings this regex matches and it would cover 50% of the wall posts.

I could go on and sarcastically categorize the remaining 50% but you get the point. Again, I’m grateful for all the birthday wishes; I just thought it’d be something interesting to examine. Maybe run something similar on your next birthday! Personally, I’m not much of a Facebook birthday wisher unless I have something that doesn’t match the regex above. But then I also don’t like fun (jk!) If everyone was like me, it’d be a gloomy place indeed.

Happy Birthday Paul!
happy birthday paul!
Happy Birthday, Paul!
happy birthday man!
happy birthday!
Happy birthday!
Happy Birthday Paul!
Happy birthday Paul!!
happy bday paul!!
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happy birthday!
happy bday paul!
Happy Birthday!
happy birday peesh
Happy Birthday Paul Shen.
Get back to work old person!
celebrate WE WILL. Happy birthday paul shen!
Happy birthday! Hope all is well :)
Happy Birthday!
Happy Birthday Paul!
Happy birthday Paul! Don't worry, I haven't forgotten your request for a hello kitty balloon...
Happy Birthday Paul!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
happy birthday paul!
happy bday man
Fijne verjaardag!
whatup Paul! Alles Gute zum Geburtstag :)
Happy birthday! Probably the next day for you already though. :P
HBD Paul!
happy birthday paulie walnuts, now please stop changing fb
Happy Birthday Paul :)
Happy birthday!! I'm in so cal now and the weather is so nice that Idon't wanna go back to pitt anymore :(
happy birthday!!!
Happy birthday Paul Shen! Hope you are enjoying family in Taiwan :)
happy birthday paul!
Happy birthday! :)
Happy birthday!
happy birthday paul!
Hey there -- have a great birthday and a great year!
Happy birthday Paul! You're going the distance!
Happy birthday!
Awwwww shieeee who's gett'n older...happy bday man.
happy birthday!
Happy birthday Paul!
Happy Birthday Brooo !
Happay birfdai!
happy birthday!! :)
Happy birthday!
Happy birthday!!
PAUL SHEN HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! too bad we couldn't celebrate in taipei, but have fun in tainan!
HBD!
Happy Birthday to my favorite Paul Shen!! Tru Cru love forevs!
happy birthday paul!
Happy birthday Pa-ul!
Happy birthday!
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Happy birthday Paul!
happy birthday!!!
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happy bday man!
happy birthday!
<3
Happy Birthday Paul!!
happy birthday Paul!
happy birthday paul!!
happy birthday!
Happy Birthday
Happyy birthday!! Are you still in tw??
Happy birthday! Hope you have a great one and happy new year!
Happy birthday
Happy Birthday, Paul!
Happy Birthday!
生日快樂!我們在「event」給你做生日吧!
happy birthday!
hahahapppy birthday!!!!
paul! happy birthday! you 21 yet?
Have a spiffy one Paul Shen.
Happy Birthday Paul! Hope you have a good one. :)
Paul 生日快樂! hope you're having fun in Taiwan man! and happy belated new year!
Happy birthday!
happy birthday man
Happy birthday! You should go to Party World in Taiwan for your birthday!
Paul it's time for you to come back and hang out with us. Happi birthday!
paul shen! happy birthday! how was Taiwan?
happy birthday paul! hope you're having a blast in taiwan :)
hey paul! happy birthday man! :-)
Happy birthday!
happy birthday dude
happy birthday, paul!
haha, happy birthday, birthday twin! hope taiwan has been treating you well =)
happy birthday! neighbor!
still in tw? joyeux anniversaire ;) (was gonna write joyeux anniversaire prochaine but its wrong...)
happy birthday!!!
woah woah woah woah woah it's your birthday! (your time!)
happy birthday! come back and visittt
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  • Haas_

    reporting in.

    I read the sherif and it seems necessary to leave a comment.

    I’m clearly late. Have some musics.