Sharing photos is one of the most popular activities on the internet thanks to social media sites and improved smartphone cameras. I just did a quick count and I shared five photos just this afternoon. Facebook users are uploading photos to the site at the rate of nearly 6 billion per month… yes 6 beeeeellion (said just like Dr. Evil).
One of the newest photo sharing sites, Instagram surpassed 150 million uploads on August 3, and it’s not even been around for a year yet. Instagram is an iPhone app (Android coming sometime) that allows users to apply photo filters to give their digital pics a retro-looking feel. Users can follow other users, like or comment, and share their photos to their Twitter or Facebook profiles.
Postagram an app for iPhone and Android, allows it’s users to select photos from their Instagram or Facebook accounts, then create and mail a physical postcard to a friend. Each postcard costs 99 cents and usually delivered within the US in 2-3 business days, international addresses can take a bit longer. The postcard features the profile pic of the sender, a 140 character message and the photo itself can be popped out of the postcard when it arrives.
Postcards have been around for nearly 150 years but like handwritten letters are rarely seen in these days of instant internet and mobile communications. While I doubt that apps like Postagram can revive physical postcards, it does provide the opportunity to create a special personalized souvenir.