Digital Postcards…Yay or Nay?

Postcards can be a nice gesture in a world that, little by little, continues to dive into technological methods of communication.

Aside from face-to-face communication, postcards (or any handwritten note for the matter) provide a more intimate connection to people than just sending another email or text.

In light of this, LinkedIn has added a digital postcard option, according to an article in Inman.com, to its rooster of technical tools, which allow free-flowing communication with a personal touch.

I have yet to try this option. In fact, some of the comments make me weary of using it at all, but it’s still good to know it’s available, in case I ever want to use it.

The digital postcard allows the user to record their voice in an introduction message, add videos or SlideShare presentations, as well as photos or text. This postcard can be shared via LinkedIn, as an email to groups or individuals, or on a host of other social media sites.

It’s interesting to see how even postcards are now living in the digital era, with the ability to record your voice at the push of a button.

Can it lead to more personalized interactions? Maybe, but it’s still scary to think about. There has to be something scared left that technology hasn’t touched.

If postcards can be pre-written now, what’s the point of them?

To me, they were (still are) about taking the time to write down your message and sending it through the mail. If it can be sent at the push of a button, what separates it from email? 

What are your thoughts on this: digital postcards…yay or nay?

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