Google Starts Reminding You of People’s Birthdays, Too

    August 28, 2012
    Josh Wolford

If you’re the type of person who likes to wish friends a “happy birthday” on social networks, there’s a good chance that Facebook’s birthday reminders have saved your tail more than a few times. Now, Google is implementing a similar reminder system that makes sure you never forget one of your Google+ buddies clocks another year.

Except it’s debuting on instead of on Google+.

According to Google’s Irene Chung, Google+ users will start seeing birthday reminders on when they perform searches (and only in English, for now). Each “reminder” popup will include a link so that you can easily navigate to Google+ to wish said person another happy year on the planet.

Here’s what she had to say in a Google+ post:

Everyone deserves a little love on their birthday, so we’re making it easier for you and your friends to celebrate on Google. Starting today, you’ll see a reminder on when someone in your circles has a birthday! From there it’s easy to share a fun message, photo, or video with the birthday gal or guy.

When it’s your special day, we only remind the people you’ve chosen to share your birthday with. Update your Google+ birthday preferences to make sure you’re sharing with the right people

I’ve yet to see a birthday reminder for someone in my circles, but Google says it should roll out completely over the next few days.

Google happy birthday reminder

In other Google-starts-putting-extra-crap-on-the-home-page news, Google put their first ever animated ad in the white space today, for their own product – the Nexus 7 tablet.