Automated text messages are an ancient means of communication. Instead of an alert on your cell phone, you get an actual text with words and instructions on how to reply. These texts rely on code to interact with the recipient. In other words, there’s no human on the other end.
One man found that out the hard way.
Jonathan Behrle was just going about his day when he received an automated text message from Facebook. If you’re scratching your head at the thought of receiving a text instead of an alert from Facebook, you’re not alone. It was popular long before smart phones.
Back in those prehistoric times, people didn’t want to use up their cell phone minutes by logging onto Facebook via their web browser. All it took was a message back to the automated text and voila, your response was instantly posted online.
Facebook offered the same option when it came to wishing someone a Happy Birthday. Nowadays most people have smart phones, which means you can post ‘HBD’ before your coffee is even done brewing.
Which is really lazy, by the way. Please use autocorrect and spell the whole thing out.
Behrle is apparently used to doing it the old fashioned way. As you can see in the picture below, he didn’t care that it was his friend’s birthday.
Can you guess what ended up on his friend’s timeline?
If only he had just sent a ‘1.’
Just as we were about to cut him some slack for freaking out on an automated message, we took a closer look at the second picture. Most people who do something like this online immediately delete the post, but that was up there for a full hour before his friend saw it.
Then again, he’s still using the text alert option on Facebook.
Let this be a reminder that if humans want to continue evolving, we all have stick together. That means saying goodbye to Facebook text alerts.
Feature Image Source: Screenshot Via Twitter.