Sending paper postcards is fun on loads of different levels. There’s the obvious pleasure you get out of sending one that features scantily clad locals to your Aunt Edna, there’s the smug ‘look where I am’ thrill of sending a beach scene to your colleagues back at the office, and there’s the warm and fuzzy feeling of knowing how delighted your four-year old nephew is going to be when he gets something addressed to HIM out of the letterbox. All this aside, however, they do have limitations that digital postcards do not suffer from:
1. Paper postcards don’t feature your photos
The shot on the front is a pretty critical part of the card and – novelty factors aside – they’re not always that great. Oftentimes, the retouching looks like it was done by a colourblind chimpanzee and the photos were taken in 1988.
2. They’re not representative of your trip
If you’re reading this post, we flatter ourselves that you’re a very discerning person who doesn’t do the typical touristy stuff while away. This probably means that the postcards on offer show all the coach tour highlights, but they don’t really show what you’ve been up to in all your intrepid vigour.
3. They arrive a month after you get home
Your whirlwind tour of Outer Mongolia could be over in a week but the Yak that carries your postcard to the local post office is unlikely to be quite so snappy.
4. They require stamps:
Stamps that you have to lick. Enough said.
5. You actually have to write on them:
Which means you have to find a pen… and then write something both legible and amusing within a space that’s less than the size of a beer coaster.
Fortunately for you (and your loved ones), we have a solution to your postcard dilemma.Use #Blrt to send quick (and #free) #digital #postcards when you #travel! Click To Tweet
Send digital postcards with Blrt
Not only is Blrt a great collaboration tool, it’s also the perfect way to create personalised digital postcards from wherever you may be visiting. Blrt is also an ideal way to create a daily travelog, and add an extra dimension to your blog about your adventures. Here’s how it’s done:
1. Simply fire up Blrt (either on your laptop or your mobile device)
2. Choose your best photos from each day
3. Hit record, and start talking, pointing, zooming and drawing over them.
You’ve now captured the most amazing stuff about your day of adventure, in just three simple steps!
After that, you can do so much with your Blrt recording:
1. You can send it to someone via email
2. You can send it to someone via their mobile number
3. You can share a unique link to your Blrt via text message
4. You can embed your Blrt into any web page
Blrt recordings are stored in the cloud, so they are always accessible, on any device. You can keep them private (to just those you share them with) or you can make them publicly available to absolutely anyone.
Blrt even works offline, which means that you can make your Blrt recording almost* anywhere. If there’s no signal, the Blrt will save locally on your device and then when you get back to civilisation (and by that, we mean a goat shed with mobile reception), it will upload to the cloud.
As a final point of proof in Blrt’s campaign to be the ultimate tool for sending digital postcards, Blrt recordings are around 50 times lighter than video. This means that they upload and download super quickly, and they won’t eat into your travel sim card’s precious data as quickly as video does.
(*If you manage to make a Blrt while underwater, we’ll be truly impressed.)
Examples of Blrt digital postcards
All the Blrt team members use Blrt to capture their travel adventures so we have loads of examples to share with you:
Need a little more direction?
If you’d like a bit more instruction on how to use Blrt to make digital postcards (or any other type of Blrt!) just view this quick Blrt tutorial – it will get you making Blrts left, right and centre in under five minutes, which would make us really happy.
Got Blrt yet?
If not, go download it here:
Now it’s your turn
What we’d really love to see is Blrts about your travels. Been anywhere interesting lately? Like to share it with us? Go on, send us your digital postcards:
Blrt helps you get your point across quickly by allowing you to talk, point and draw over images, documents and websites. The resulting video-like recording is called a Blrt.
Your Blrts require much less bandwidth than video and can be shared with anyone on mobile or desktop. This makes Blrt ideal for both collaboration and the creation and sharing of dynamic content, as public Blrts can be embedded into any webpage.
Once recorded, Blrts are stored in the cloud and are exchanged with others in a conversation-like fashion. A record is kept of the exchange, and new parties and media can be added at any time.
Blrt shifts time and place, allowing users in a conversation to participate in their own time. In an era where activity-based working and distributed teams are commonplace, Blrt is revolutionising the way people interact to get things done.