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[APP][RELEASE!] Best Wishes - Automate Birthday Wishes to Facebook

9th June 2011, 07:28 PM   |  #1  
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I'm the developer of "Best Wishes". It is an application that will pull down your list of friends from Facebook along with their birthdays. It neatly organizes the birthdays into an intelligent list. Once your friends are loaded you can configure Best Wishes to post notifications when birthdays occur. You can put a widget on your desktop to see upcoming birthdays too.

The real reason I developed the app was to automate birthday wishes. I don't visit Facebook very often, so I wanted a way to automate birthday wishes. The automation is very customizable. You can configure a time range for it to post. The app will randomly pick a time within the range. It comes with 10 "canned" birthday wishes. You can edit these "canned" wishes or add your own. You can select the ones you want and it will pick from them randomly. You can specify custom wishes for your close friends. Plus it is easy to exclude or include which friends you want to send automated messages.

Of course, not all friends put their birthday info on Facebook and some have their permissions set so that 3rd party apps can't access the birthday information. For these cases I've added manual entry so you can use Best Wishes for all your friends.

Check it out and let me know what you guys think. I'm open to feedback and feature suggestions. The full version costs $0.99. The Lite version is free.

https://market.android.com/details?i...ned.bestwishes


MOD EDIT: FREE VERSION CAN BE FOUND HERE
https://market.android.com/details?i...bestwisheslite

The main difference between the lite and full version is the level of customization that you can perform. The full version allows you to enter custom birthday wishes, include/exclude friends, and it has ten pre-defined birthday wishes that are editable. The lite version only has one birthday wish ("Happy Birthday!"). The rest of the functionality is the same.

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9th June 2011, 08:49 PM   |  #2  
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Against the rules to have paid apps up without a free version or trial. Better fix that before you get reported.

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9th June 2011, 08:55 PM   |  #3  
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I didn't realize that was a rule. I'll put up a free version to go with this when I get home tonight.
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Quote:
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I didn't realize that was a rule. I'll put up a free version to go with this when I get home tonight.

Cool, just looking out for you.

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10th June 2011, 05:06 AM   |  #5  
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I added the free version. Let me know what you think.
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Cool application, I purchased it from the marketplace. Works well on my phone, but craps out hard on my tablet. Just a heads up. I sent the crash report in, if it's any use.

Best of luck!
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Great app! So much more useful than Facebook for birthdays. Love all of the customization in the paid version!
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I love the idea, but have a question. Often when I use an app to post to facebook, there is a little tag line that says it was posted via a particular program. Is this going to do something like "Happy Birthday, Phil" "automatically posted by Best Wishes"? I love the idea of automatic posts, but don't like the idea of them knowing that it was some automatic process and not personal.
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I have a couple of quick suggestions. First, can you ad an option to search and/or sort the list of people by date so that you don't have to scroll through hundreds of names to find the right person? Second, I see canned messages containing the person's first name. Can you add an option to replace the person's Facebook name with something else? Third, how about including their age, if known, in a greeting?

For example, I have a friend "Worker Bee" and I'd love the canned message to say "Happy 50th Birthday, Brian!" and I'd like to be able to find him in the list by searching on "Brian" *or* "Worker Bee" and see the list sorted by first name, last name, or birth date. Make sense?
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10th June 2011, 08:35 PM   |  #10  
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Yes, it will say "post by Best Wishes" at the bottom of your post. I didn't like that either when I first realized that. Facebook does that for accountability reasons. Otherwise you wouldn't be able to know if you posted it or some third party application posted it. There isn't any way to remove that message.

I don't see it as a problem though. I made sure that Best Wishes has the capability to just remind you and then make it easy to post from within Best Wishes. If you click on the person it will take you directly to their profile page. If you have the Facebook app installed it will take you to their page in the Facebook app. If you don't have it installed it will take you to their page via the browser. From their you can post your birthday wish.

The privacy constraints can be a pain, but I guess they are there because enough people requested them.

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