I managed to avoid the plague of birthday greetings from close and not so close contacts on Facebook by changing my privacy settings.
my Google profile today I was surprised and delighted by the animated birthday greeting.
Hadn't heard about this feature before.
When you add your birthday in your profile the text says:
"So your friends and Google can wish you a happy birthday"
Looks like the animation (or a similar one) may be visible to your contacts:
Thanks too to the close friends and family who called to wish me birthday greetings.
... and to Oscar, Küki. and Flo' for the cake.
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