Social media by post February 11, 2012 12:24 PM   Subscribe

Social Media, old skool style

I would love to try to do a Twitter by postcard style project. No, I am not the first to do it, but why let that stop me. Essentially, you meMail me your address and I will tweet/message you by postcard, wherever in the world you are (I am in the UK). If you are on twitter feel free to add your twitter username if you want. I will make it like I have previously messaged on twitter: either one of those inane messages about my life, or perhaps a link to something awesome. Who knows. Extra lucky people will get a special letterpress card.

Let me know if you are interested in being in some kind of postcard-social-network-list and we could potentially send addresses to others who also do the same thing. I won't give your address out to ANYONE unless you explicitly say you are happy with it though.

Okay, so who is in?
posted by Megami to MetaFilter-Related at 12:24 PM (71 comments total) 20 users marked this as a favorite

Who knows.

I only want credit/insurance offers and Bed Bath & Beyond coupons, pls. I might accept local grocery coupons too. TIA.
posted by carsonb at 1:21 PM on February 11, 2012

I enjoy getting and sending postcards, and I feel that Twitter-style inanity would come naturally to me. Plus my life is so boring that it would only take 140 characters to describe it. I'm in - check your MeMail.
posted by Quietgal at 1:22 PM on February 11, 2012

I am not clearly visualizing how this will work, but I am always happy to trade postcards.
posted by GenjiandProust at 1:24 PM on February 11, 2012

GenjiandProust - simply I send some short message on a postcard to you if you send me your address. A return postcard is super most welcome, but don't feel you have to. That is it. Essentially, an excuse to send mail.
posted by Megami at 2:03 PM on February 11, 2012 [1 favorite]

I am in.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 2:19 PM on February 11, 2012

Yep count me in. Memailed...
posted by Captain Najork at 2:30 PM on February 11, 2012

Essentially, an excuse to send mail.

This is the only reason my wife does Postcrossing. She loves sending mail. She's actually sad when she gets a postcard, because it means work. But she loves getting them.
posted by DU at 2:31 PM on February 11, 2012

Try that again, DU?
posted by maryr at 2:40 PM on February 11, 2012

Christopher L. Jorgensen
P.O. Box 546
Ames, IA 50010

Anyone who sends me something, and I can make out a return address, will always get something in return. It might not be a postcard. It's apt to be a stream of consciousness letter, but I always send something back.
posted by cjorgensen at 2:43 PM on February 11, 2012 [3 favorites]

I'm in; I'll MeMail you an address. I like that expectations are fairly low -- I think can meet them!
posted by bluefly at 2:49 PM on February 11, 2012

I'm in!
posted by TooFewShoes at 3:32 PM on February 11, 2012

I'm in. It sounds fun. And, like cjorgensen said, I'll respond in kind, possibly with bizarre or cute Japanese postcards. Unlike cjorgensen, I'm not brave enough to dump my address online, so memail me if you want it.
posted by Ghidorah at 4:09 PM on February 11, 2012

Count me in, definitely. Postcards (both input and output varieties) are the best.
posted by penduluum at 4:20 PM on February 11, 2012

I'm in! Great idea.
posted by arcticseal at 4:27 PM on February 11, 2012

I'm in.
posted by Sailormom at 5:26 PM on February 11, 2012

Yeah, I like to make and mail. I'm in.
posted by Toekneesan at 7:13 PM on February 11, 2012

In. I love mail!
posted by Weeping_angel at 8:17 PM on February 11, 2012

I'm not brave enough to dump my address online....

It's a PO Box. I got it because I'm not that brave either and I wanted to write Fred Phelps a letter letting him know what I think of him. He didn't write back. I guess I should have gotten a fax line instead.
posted by cjorgensen at 9:24 PM on February 11, 2012

I'm in. And what bluefly said.
posted by wallabear at 11:19 PM on February 11, 2012

No pictures, Weeping_angel.
posted by maryr at 11:39 PM on February 11, 2012 [2 favorites]

I'm also in, and am happy to give my address to anyone else who wants to play. I love postcards!
posted by Superplin at 2:00 AM on February 12, 2012

I'm in! Will you be sending tweets in your 'public timeline' to every participant like @gilest did?

I'm not brave enough to dump my address online....

Mine's been online for a decade, with no repercussions beyond record companies sending me free stuff long past the date when I stopped being a music journalist and a couple of slightly peculiar letters about something I wrote on my weblog. My 'phone number's been online even longer, again with no weirdness. This either means publicising your contact details is perfectly safe or I'm just too boring to stalk.
posted by jack_mo at 4:41 AM on February 12, 2012

Me too! Will memail you.
posted by carter at 6:04 AM on February 12, 2012

Thomas Topham
pt8979 Taman Kesedar Jaya 8
18300 Gua Musang, Kelantan

Anyone who sends me something, I'll do that Louis CK thing where I feel really good about imagining sending you something nice in return. I'll really build it up, visualize some hefty package of fancy Malaysian trinkets that you'd be so excited to receive.

Not scared to put this address here because a) it's not my house, some day soon I won't live here and b) if you actually want to stalk me and show up at the doorstep well then holy shit, that takes some serious commitment, I will buy you a beer!
posted by Meatbomb at 7:15 AM on February 12, 2012 [3 favorites]

I'm in. Address in memail. Feel free to share mine, I'll reciprocate. The crafts and gifts exchange has been fun, I love the postcard idea. Elvis postcards coming yall's way from Memphis.
posted by raisingsand at 10:57 AM on February 12, 2012

I'm the opposite of the couple of folks that love getting stuff in the mail. I love sending stuff in the mail. I keep multiple packs of stamps in my wallet and I have all kinds of little things I like to send to friends and family. Sometimes it's cute, sometimes it's funny, sometimes it's interesting. If anybody wants guilt-free reception, memail your address.
posted by cashman at 11:27 AM on February 12, 2012

My dog is in. Address in MeMail. He leads a very full life.
posted by roger ackroyd at 12:36 PM on February 12, 2012 [1 favorite]

My dog wants in, too! I'll meMail you his address.
posted by trip and a half at 1:17 PM on February 12, 2012

I'm in, but my dog's snoozing. When I asked him if he was interested he just heaved a big sigh and closed his eyes again, so I guess it's just me memailing Megami merely for myself.
posted by tangerine at 2:00 PM on February 12, 2012

Totes in.
posted by Phire at 3:50 PM on February 12, 2012

I missed the last postcard thingy, but I love getting and receiving mail. Anyone can send me their addy, and I'll send you mine. I'll try and get something out to you as quick as I can. I may be as poor as dirt, but I can swing post cards.
posted by patheral at 4:22 PM on February 12, 2012

I'm in! Email me with your address and I'll give you mine. I'll up the ante by sending you very poetic yet banal postcard messages. Yay!
posted by two lights above the sea at 5:50 PM on February 12, 2012

Mail! I'm in.
posted by flex at 6:50 PM on February 12, 2012

Me too! I'm sure the manager at my small-town post office reads all the postcards so make them either very critic or ridiculously banal. Will try to send small-town postcard in return!
posted by Kerasia at 7:11 PM on February 12, 2012

postcards are fun! I'm in
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 8:07 PM on February 12, 2012

In like a bellybutton. Well, mine; YBBMV.
posted by iamkimiam at 12:01 AM on February 13, 2012 [2 favorites]

What a great idea! I'm in.
posted by oozy rat in a sanitary zoo at 8:10 AM on February 13, 2012

Wheee - I am in. I get more mail through MeFi nowadays than I do from non-online friends and family, so yay!
Happy to have you share my address too
posted by darsh at 9:25 AM on February 13, 2012

Just dropped 3 envelopes in the mail. Just some interesting little bits. I'm also playing around with scents so if it works well it should have a nice airy hint of tangerine lime.
posted by cashman at 10:33 AM on February 13, 2012

Now I'm wondering whether I should rub pocket change and lime over whatever I send, just to make things fair.
posted by tangerine at 11:12 AM on February 13, 2012 [1 favorite]

It's only right.
posted by cashman at 11:19 AM on February 13, 2012

Whee! Mail exchange!

Megami, I'll send you my address! Anyone else who wants mail, send me yours!
posted by alynnk at 1:27 PM on February 13, 2012

arg, I'm just gonna bite the bullet and put my addy out here: Willow Scott, 3017 Aaron Ct. SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105 because I suck at answering memail.

I'm never there anyway, and there's nuthin' to steal (want my fabric scraps? yarn bits and pieces? if you can get past the landlady's donkeys, chickens, and ducks, you're welcome to them.)

Send me a card (or something), and I'll send one back to you.
posted by patheral at 1:28 PM on February 14, 2012

If I were to join in this sort of thing, it would be in the style of horse_ebooks of old, with postcards made from random page fragments of discarded books.
posted by filthy light thief at 1:51 PM on February 14, 2012

I can and will do this.
posted by Pecinpah at 2:35 PM on February 14, 2012

This is awesome. I'd love to join. What a nice idea for Valentines day.
posted by medusa at 2:53 PM on February 14, 2012

I would love to participate but I'm already behind on mailing three other MeFi projects and am therefore a terrible person. But if I can catch up (and I'm hoping I will have time to get stuff packaged tomorrow night and mailed on Friday) I would love, LOVE to do this. So I will try even harder and be extra annoyed at myself until I can participate.
posted by maryr at 8:27 PM on February 14, 2012

Oh oh! I got something! Thanks, cashman! I'd love to send something in return, but I have no mailing address. Memail me if you want return mail!
posted by two lights above the sea at 9:15 PM on February 14, 2012 [1 favorite]

In there like the proverbial swimwear.
posted by Chichibio at 6:36 AM on February 15, 2012

Just dropped 5 more envelopes in the mail.
posted by cashman at 10:55 AM on February 15, 2012

I put three out today.
posted by patheral at 9:15 PM on February 16, 2012

I've started sending out postcards today. I am trying to link the message to the image on the postcard - some might be a bit more obscure than others.
posted by Megami at 5:26 AM on February 17, 2012

I got cashman's! Thank you, cashman! And yes, it's delightfully citrusy.

Seconding two lights: cashman should memail me an address if he'd like return mail. (So should anyone else who'd like something.)
posted by tangerine at 8:49 PM on February 18, 2012

Yay for delightfully citrusy! I just love sending stuff out! I am sending stuff to meatbomb soon but I'll have to head to the post office. I'll send more new stuff tomorrow.
posted by cashman at 6:21 AM on February 19, 2012

Dropped 3 more in the mail.
posted by cashman at 11:53 AM on February 20, 2012

Got mine from Megami! A joyful experience indeed. Reply to follow. Memail addresses if you would like to receive postcards from me anyone.
posted by Captain Najork at 12:44 AM on February 21, 2012

I just got home after a long day, and spent about three minutes trying to figure out who I knew named Megami and why they'd sent me a post card before it dawned on me, and then it just made my day. Just because, and since I realized that I set the google maps link in my profile to right on my freaking house, in hopes of more random mail, with the promise of return,

1185-4 Sonnocho, Inage-ku
Chiba-shi, Chiba-ken
Japan 263-0051

Thanks again, Megami. This idea, and your awesome postcard somehow makes Metafilter feel more real than usual.
posted by Ghidorah at 4:40 AM on February 21, 2012 [2 favorites]

Weird. Thanks not a link, it's my postal code.
posted by Ghidorah at 4:41 AM on February 21, 2012

That is hilarious Ghidorah. I just got finished telling stories of how I send people things in the mail and they are befuddled as to who sent it, even when they know it's coming. I guess we've all gotten conditioned to hate junk mail, or maybe the delay between request and receipt, or maybe we've gotten used to getting things in (e)mail in about 2.5 seconds.

I asked a longtime friend if he had a DVD player. He said yes. So I sent him a favorite movie of mine, and when it got there 2 days later he freaked out wondering who could have sent it to him. He was super concerned about it and we had a good laugh over that. Another friend said "sure, I'd love to get mail!" and when it arrived, again with the concern and the freaking out until the realization it was from me.

But I can't really talk. I picked up some mail the other day that I thought was going to have some long lost information in it about my father, and promptly forgot to open it for hours. I wonder if 20 years from now we'll be talking about postal mail how we talk about 8-track players and VCRs or the like.
posted by cashman at 10:36 AM on February 21, 2012

Okay, cards all gone. I will be circulating a list between those who said they were happy to have their address shared.

No letterpress this time, but some people got some 'vintage' cards from the Nagano Winter Olympics in 1998 so I hope that counts :) For those who are on the above mentioned list, I will be printed cards in the next month or so, so keep an eye on the mailbox.
posted by Megami at 11:30 AM on February 22, 2012 [1 favorite]

My first postcard came with German canals and a link to a full length feature film, how cool is that?!
posted by Meatbomb at 2:37 AM on February 23, 2012 [1 favorite]

I just got mine from Megami! I was going to be all cool and contain my excitement, and just send a card back without saying anything here. But lately people in my real life have been letting me down, so it's just so wonderful that an internet stranger came through in such a beautiful way. Thanks! I doubt my reply will be half so clever.
posted by bluefly at 3:13 PM on February 23, 2012

I gave my address to several people, but we never got any addresses in return! Sadface.
posted by two lights above the sea at 6:31 PM on February 23, 2012

Right. I have memailed addresses around to those who said they were specifically okay with their address being shared - if you did not say you were okay with my sharing your address in your memail I didn't, as I don't want to share the address of those who weren't cool with it. Happy postcard receiving people!
posted by Megami at 11:51 PM on February 23, 2012

Anyone who has my address is welcome to share it for the purposes of fun mail!

Sending some stuff out tomorrow!
posted by two lights above the sea at 12:30 PM on February 26, 2012

My dog got his postcard from Megami yesterday -- and it was even in dog language!

Thanks, Megami. And thanks for the return address: he's working on a reply.
posted by trip and a half at 12:29 PM on March 4, 2012

Oh also, he says to share his address willy-nilly: he loves random surprises through the post!
posted by trip and a half at 12:35 PM on March 4, 2012

My postcard from Megami finally arrived! Thank you! And I'm okay sharing my address too.
posted by tangerine at 12:58 PM on March 5, 2012

I got my postcard today! Thanks, megami! There's be one coming your way (and some other people's) soon.
posted by lollusc at 12:57 AM on March 6, 2012

I love the ones I've already received. And all mine went out today. This has been so much fun, so interesting. I'm keeping all the addresses, yall are getting more in the future. Especially you, two lights, because I'm feeling a little sorry for you today.
posted by raisingsand at 9:23 AM on March 9, 2012

I got my postcard! thanks!!! it was very appropriate. my boyfriend asked - "who did you get that postard from?", and I said "it's from the internet!!!!"
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 10:35 AM on March 9, 2012 [1 favorite]

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