Tuesday, 2 September 2014

New-fangled technology

Are you the sort of person that finds postcard writing a chore?

Do you find that when you go on holiday these days you send less postcards than you did in previous years?

We used to leave postcards as a job to be done on the last day of the holiday.  We used to dither over who would like which picture the best and then we used to try and tailor the words to the addressee.

We would mumble our way through postcard and step purchases unless we left things so late we ended up posting them once we returned to the UK.

Not this year.  Well, not quite this year.

This year we experimented with Touchnote,  app-based postcards that use your photos.

Well the experiment was a success.  

We used the photos on my phone, still dithering over who would like which image.  We pulled the contact details from the contacts on the phone and we mulled over which message to type in the space available.  We pressed send and it was printed and posted from Guernsey.

Despite the personal touches involved I think this postcard may have felt less personal to the recipients.  The photos can be very personal but we're a camera shy family so our pictures were of things not people.  And the message is printed not written.  I remember writing postcards crammed with words on every spare space and the printed text doesn't allow for this, or hand drawn pictures either.

I think we'll use it again.  I like it, but I don't know what it's like to receive a Touchnote card.

If you want to find out more about the app, click here.

1 comment:

Ann Cardus said...

This is another reason why Touchnote is a good idea: http://dangerousminds.net/comments/wish_you_were_here_unbelievably_boring_british_postcards