With today’s technology, sending a friend or relative a picture of something is as simple as picking up your phone and pressing a few buttons. This can be especially useful when you’re on vacation or even if you’ve recently moved away. Pictures help you stay connected with those that aren’t with you, and I doubt I even need to get into how important text messaging has become.
I love everything about this digital age we live in, but because of the sheer volume of messages we send and receive every day, each text and picture message you send someone becomes less and less meaningful. It’s not your fault, it just happens.
So what if you really want to send a meaningful message to someone who isn’t with you? How about a postcard? Yes, I said it – a postcard. In this article, I’m going to show you how you can send someone a personalized cellphone postcard, so whenever you’re in a situation where a text or picture message simply won’t cut it, you’ll still be in good shape.
What Is Postcard On The Run?
Postcard On The Run (directory app) is a mobile app for iPhone and Android 2.1+ devices that allows you to instantly create and mail real photo postcards directly from your phone for 99 cents and up. Just use your phone to take a picture, create your message, and send to anywhere in the world.
Postcard on the Run handles the printing, postage, and delivery of your card, which can be easily personalized with a photo, message, and signature. They will even find an address for you if you don’t know it off the top of your head. I’m not sure how exactly, but it was listed as a feature known as “Postal Gopher”.
At any rate, you can sign your card with your finger and even include a map on your postcard using a GPS location.
The purpose of Postcard on the Run is to eliminate the need for you to have to print a card, buy postage, and search for a mailbox to drop it in.
The process of creating a postcard is fairly easy. From the home screen, you can begin by selecting a photo that you would like to turn into a postcard. The maximum supported resolution of an image is 1000×800, and you can select from your phone’s photos, import from Facebook, or take a fresh photo with your phone’s camera.
Then you will be taken to a screen where you can write (or type) your personal message for the recipient. Then you can review your work before completing the design, and once it’s all finished, you can select recipients from your contacts.
The app walks you through this process step by step. Selecting an image is half the battle, but once you find and crop one to your liking, just compose your message and it will be ready to be sent out.
If you’re an iPhone user and happen to really be into Instagram, you should also check out Postagram, which is a similar service to Postcard on the Run.
I think services like this are great. They tie digital to the real world really well, which really helps you get the right message across when sending something to a friend or loved one. I find the idea of sending my friends random postcards quite fun, and I recommend you give it a try.