This is sweet

Since mid-summer one of my on-going interests has been getting my contact info, calendar, and to-do list systems set up in a way that helps me be more productive and not miss important events or responsibilities.  I’ve been gradually populating my contacts list on my Google account and for close friends and relatives I’ve been trying to enter birthdays and anniversary dates so I can remember to send people an email or e-card on their special day(s).  However, up until now actually getting a reminder about the event required some tedious work.  This is because entering a person’s birthday in my contact list did nothing to remind me about it.  So, I had to manually enter birthdays and anniversaries into my Google calendar.  It seemed like there had to be a better way.

It turns out that there is a better way.  Google recently created a set of “interesting calendars” that can be added to your calendar.  This includes holidays, sports teams’ schedules, and other things.  Fortunately, one of the “other things” that they added was a calendar of birthdays pulled from your contact list.  This is exactly what I was looking for!  If you’re interested in using this yourself, the description of it is here – click on “more” for the information.  So far, it appears as though it’s not possible to get notifications about items on this calendar, however, people are asking for this feature in the forums, so I hope that it will be added soon.  In the meantime, simply having the birthday show up on my calendar is helpful enough.

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