Updating calendar with birthdays
You may recall that Google’s mission is to “organize the world’s information”.
So if you’ve been seeing the Birthdays of people you hardly know appearing UFO-like in your Google Calendar lately, never fear — this is just Mountain View doing its thang organizing your stuff.
I've logged in google and I'm trying to get my google contacts birthdays to show up in google calendar.
Because of course it is not even slightly useful to have random birthdays injected into your daily schedule, mixed in with the information you do find useful. So we can add: ‘annoying’ and ‘Google ’ to the themes in play here.
You could say the elusive unsubscribe information had been very well “organized” by Google.
(Add to that, the inoffensive name of the offending calendar compounded the quest to locate a specific setting from the underbelly of the corporate Internet.
Universal accessibility — a criteria which an ‘enforced Birthdays calendar’ algorithm clearly meets — is also higher up the mission statement’s food chain, with “useful” appearing to be only tacked on as an afterthought.
Add to that, Google doesn’t specify to whom usefulness is aimed.
Actually, Outlook itself doesn’t have a Birthday Calendar as birthdays are automatically placed in your main Calendar when you enter this information for a contact.