Joe Fusion (jfusion) wrote in suggestions,
Joe Fusion

Who shares my birthday?

Who shares my birthday?

Short, concise description of the idea
I would be very interested in seeing which LJ users share my birthday. Besides that, it would also be interesting to see who has birthdays today, and to have birth day/month/year as search options in the Directory Search.

Full description of the idea
Finding other LJ users who share your birthday (or birthdate) would be a new and interesting way to meet people across any and all strata, creating a whole new kind of community. In a sampling of people as large as LiveJournal, you're bound to find people sharing this intimate connection of birthday, from all over the world, from every age and background. Side note: This could be somewhat similar to the middle names in Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.'s novel "Slapstick." In the story, everyone in America has been given a new middle name to foster community and togetherness. The randomly-alotted names consist of a noun (from a small set) and a number, such as "Daffodil-11." The name marks kinship, so that anyone with the same name as you is like family. This way, wherever you go, you have family. In the novel, people take to it very well, forming clubs and secret societies and such. Unrealistic maybe, but I like the idea.

An ordered list of benefits

  • A new type of "random" connection among people will only serve to bring the LiveJournal community closer together, and make the exchange of ideas and experiences more interesting.
  • This would be yet another compelling feature that could convince people to become Paid Members (although I would prefer to see it free).
  • An ordered list of problems/issues involved

  • Some people might consider this a privacy issue, but since birthdate is an optional data point, I don't think it would be. Information about this feature could be linked from the set-up page where users enter their birthday, to make it obvious.
  • An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation

  • This could be implemented several ways: on its own search page; in Directory Search; in an implicit subdirectory like /username/birthfriends; as a checkbox in preferences that added all of your "birthfriends" to your friends list on that day.
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