Postcrossing

8 09 2009

Today, I went searching through my updates on Twitter and found a pretty cool site.

It’s called postcrossing.com and the idea behind it is to send postcards to people. You send one, you receive one. The more you send, the more you receive.

It really takes the idea that we are all connected around the world, and makes it easier to become connected. You can send one to Finland, to America, to India…. anywhere… and receive one from anywhere as well.

According to the website, this is the project brief:

The goal of this project is to allow people to receive postcards from all over the world, for free. Well, almost free! The main idea is that: if you send a postcard, you will receive at least one back from a random Postcrosser from somewhere in the world.

Why? Because, like the author, there are lots of people who like to receive real mail.
The element of surprise of receiving postcards from different places in the world (many of which you probably have never heard of) can turn your mailbox into a box of surprises – and who wouldn’t like that?

Well, I signed up to it today, and requested my first address, so i’m going to find a postcard I want to send to this person, and then send away! It looks like a bit of fun, and a more modern, interactive (in a sense) version of penpals. Except you have no idea apart from a little Bio they have written on the website.

Have you ever done postcrossing? Let me know how you got on.

I’ll be sure to post the results…

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