Tuesday, April 06, 2010

"Postcrossing" Sends Love Around the World

The Jakarta Post features an article about the online project "Postcrossing."

The free service allows people from around the world to send and receive postcards to each other by providing names and addresses of people who have signed up. The only cost is the postage and the postcards.

According to reporter Dian Kuswandini, "The project now receives an average of 303 postcards every hour, amounting to almost 4 million to date," and has 167,000 members from more than 200 countries.

Dian goes on to write, "The idea is: If you send a postcard, you will receive at least one back from a random "Postcrossing" member from somewhere else in the world."

Created almost 5 years ago by Slovenian philatelist Paulo Magalhães who "loved to receive snail mail — not just from friends, but also from remote places."

Paulo is quoted as saying he believes, "The project does more than just create friendships, it also sends love and lights up thousands of smiles across the world."

Last year, for example, "Postcrossing" encouraged its members to send postcards of butterflies to lupus patients for World Lupus Day (butterflies are the lupus symbol).

Then there was the Australian man who ended up marrying a Finnish woman after meeting through "Postcrossing."

To read the entire article, click here.

Click here to go to "Postcrossing."
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM