How to stand out among birthday well-wishers on Facebook

Looking to add a little fun and excitement the next time you wish a friend a happy birthday on Facebook? Then it's YouTube to the rescue.

"Happy birthday! Have a great day!"

Perhaps you're a bit more creative than the above greeting, but even the most clever among us have probably run out of ways to wish friends a happy birthday on Facebook.

Yes, I just wished myself a happy birthday. Screenshot by Matt Elliott/CNET

Thankfully, an enterprising Reddit user whose handle I do not wish to repeat in this space offered a handy and simple tip: search YouTube for "happy birthday" and your friend's name. You will be surprised by the volume and variety of videos available.

Screenshot by Matt Elliott/CNET

Sure, your friend will be sung happy birthday wishes by a random stranger or group, but I think that's part of the charm. And you might even find a professional in the results; when the day arrives where my daughter is on Facebook, I now know that Florence and the Machine (and a theater full of people) are there to sing her a YouTube happy birthday.

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