Felt App

I just received a ‘handwritten’ card that was sent via an app called Felt. I could not tell that it was written on an iPad. Oddly impressive.

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  1. In some way it is impressive, but if you’re writing from hand and if a real card gets sent, why not just write a real card? I would prefer an app with which you can handwrite digital cards and send them digitally, which would be cheaper & environemental friendlier- I guess something like this will exist too?

  2. I absolutely love this app!

    I travel a lot and haven’t been home to see my family for a year now. I’d like to write home more often (as I love handwritten cards and have a slew of them waiting to be sent) but it isn’t always easy to find a post office, or even stamps — especially when I stay in rural areas.

    I’d love to use this to send quick ‘thinking-about-you’s.

  3. As Lena said, “why not just write a real card?” The only reason for sending those (highly expensive) Felt cards could be because you forgot to buy stamps or are too lazy to ask someone where the next post office is… Either the area isn’t that rural (in which case you would be able to find a post office) or it’s extremely rural (in which case you would most probably not have an internet connection). I personally see this as just another superfluous gimmick for lazy showoffs.
    By the way, you write a thank you note to show someone that you care about her/him. If this person finds out that you didn’t even bother to go to the next post office she/he would be legitimately displeased.

  4. I’d say it’s pretty rural! In order to get to the post office, you need to walk about twenty minutes, then take a boat across the river, and take a bus or motorcycle taxi to the post office so it’s a bit of a drag to go there — especially during April because it’s the hottest season…

    I do have internet, but my neighbours do not. :-)

    For birthdays, holidays, and thank you’s, I’d like to stick to the traditional cards (you can also include things like photos that way). But for a quick ‘how are you’ every now and then, I really like this method! :) My card can reach my family faster too.

  5. I think this is awesome! You are writing a real handwritten card–just making it a little simpler and thus more likely that you’ll send more handwritten notes. That will make people happy! The fact that this app harnesses technology to connect tangibly is what makes it so cool. Thanks for sharing :)

  6. I often start writing cards, but never quite get them into the box for some reason. I’ve now sent two cards with my Felt app… feels good… and haven’t gotten any complaints for not going to the post office ;)

  7. Not quite so related to your post but… I want to go out and look at doors, and make a book of the best I see. I often check your blog; I feel like you would be into this idea. Thoughts?

  8. I absolutely love this! Best combo of high and low tech I have seen. Some would say it isn’t eco-friendly as it’s not paperless and uses fuel to transport it, but for me that is worth it occasionally to receive a tactile personal handwritten message.

  9. Love the warmth; this is what technology is for!

    The cards are not “highly expensive” in my opinion; they’re $3.99, and most greeting cards at the store seem to start at $3.50 nowadays. (I’m in the US, fwiw.)

  10. Lena, hallmark and a lot of websites have e-cards. Otherwise, there’s email. This app saves time for those who can’t find the time to buy a card, write, stamp, and drive to the post office or find a postbox to send the mail. Brilliant idea!

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