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Google integrates birthday reminders into search

As if Facebook's reminders weren't enough, now you really have no excuse to forget someone's big day - Google has joined the birthday nagging game.

As part of an update to its Google+ social network, the search giant announced that it has rolled out birthday reminders on Google+ members will start seeing a reminder on the upper ride hand side of the main Google search page when someone they know is celebrating their birthday.

"Everyone deserves a little love on their birthday, so we're making it easier for you and your friends to celebrate on Google," software engineer Irene Chung, wrote in a Google+ post on Wednesday. "Starting today, you'll see a reminder on when someone in your circles has a birthday!"

Along with the reminder, you'll be able to share a message, photo, or video wishing the person a happy birthday.

When it's your own birthday, notifications will be shown only to those you share your birthday with on Google+. Meaning this would be a good time to update your Google+ birthday preferences to ensure you're sharing with the people you wish to.

To do so, head over to your Google+ profile and click the blue button that says "Edit Profile." About halfway down the page, you'll see an option to set your birthday and who you share it with. Google also pushed out a birthday update tool to Google+ users earlier this week that you may have seen.

Google said that at first, you'll only see the birthday reminders if you're searching in English. The feature is rolling out gradually over the next few days.

Meanwhile, Google last week updated Google+ to give users more control over what they read and share. Now it's possible to mute all notifications from certain users, get an alert whenever other people post, and notify friends and family via email when you have an important post to share.