Facebook birthday data 2008-2016

Click here to say “happy birthday”


I share a birthday with the Chicago Tribune’s Lara Weber, and throughout the Facebook era we have been comparing data on the greetings that arrive via digital and analog channels. This week she offered me the chance to update my thoughts about it in the pages of the newspaper, so herewith a link, an image of the page (above), and the actual data (below).

Yes, I guess this is a cheap way to gather belated birthday wishes.


Facebook birthday data 2008-2016

Greetings have grown 16X over the last 9 birthdays. So has Facebook’s worldwide user base.

About Owen Youngman

Professor Emeritus of Journalism and formerly Knight Chair in Digital Media Strategy, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University. Formerly senior vice president/strategy and development and director of interactive media, Chicago Tribune.