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Long after society bade them adieu, greeting cards get a second look
Rosh Hashanah cards, those annual holiday greetings sent each September to friends and family, are pretty much obsolete. But until recently, sending greeting cards were as elemental to Rosh Hashanah preparations as hearing the call of the shofar or eating honey cake. In fact, people sent New Year’s greeting cards for more than a century, said Israel Museum curator Rachel Sarfati, reflecting on “Each Year Anew: A Century of ShanahTovah Cards,” a new exhibit curated on the subject. “It was a time when this was the form of communication between people,” said Sarfati. “Our collection ends with the other forms of communication that exist now.”
Source: Timesofisrael Website
Hallmark's new eCard mobile app hopes to target 'soulless' interactions
The new app, which will eventually make it to Android devices, isn't just about ecards. It's part of a broader mission within the Hallmark eCard division to help users connect more deeply through mobile devices and social networks than they do today, said Dan Kessler, general manager of Hallmark eCards.
"We're talking about depth versus breadth" of social communications, Kessler said an interview. "If you post 'Happy Birthday' on somebody's Facebook wall, at the end of the day you're really just a number, a little red number at the top of somebody's Facebook page. What we're trying to provide artistically and technologically is a way to communicate more deeply."
Source: Computerworld Website
Is 2014 the year the Christmas card died?
Last year Card Aid opened 30 temporary shops across the UK, often in churches and vacant premises, to sell Christmas cards benefiting a wide range of charities. This year it is opening just 10 – and it blames the cost of first class stamps and changing social habits among the young for a dramatic fall in sales.
Dame Hilary Blume, who runs the Charities Advisory Trust’s Card Aid scheme, said sales are tumbling, while others reckon that within a decade the traditional Christmas card could all but disappear. The cost of a first class stamp – now 62p – is deterring many, and the decline in sales that first began at the onset of the credit crisis is beginning to accelerate..
Source: Theguardian Website
Just greet - You Can Now Send Real World Greeting Cards Online For Free
With emails replacing hand written letters and the likes of Facebook wishes and e-cards almost making the greeting card extinct, Justgreet, a new Vancouver-based startup aims to recapture the moment of joy experienced when we both send, and receive a greeting card. Anyone who’s ever received a greeting card can relate to the feeling of finding that crisp, $20 bill safely nestled in the middle, upon opening the card. This exact moment is what Justgreet hopes to duplicate time and time again, with its newly launched service.
Source: Vancitybuzz Website
Texting and Facebook spell the end for birthday cards: Fewer than half of 35 to 54-year-olds say they now send a greeting
Waking up to a pile of cards from family and friends used to be a birthday ritual. But these days, messages of congratulation are increasingly likely to come by email or text. New figures from Ofcom show that fewer people are sending greetings cards – and middle-aged Britons are dropping the habit the fastest. Fewer than half of 35 to 54-year-olds interviewed said they had sent a greeting card, invitation or postcard in the previous month, down sharply from 58 per cent the previous year.
Instead, they wish friends and family a happy birthday by texting them, or posting greetings on social networks such as Facebook. Some of the more creative send online greeting cards, or ‘e-cards’, often animated and personalised.
Source: Dailymail Website