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[*] posted on 26-3-2009 at 03:41 PM
Lettercrossing?


Why not to create a service similar to postcrossing but instead of postals people can actually write to a random address with similar rules like in the postals.
It would be quite interesting to have a profile where we could look the km the letters did, how many are in circulation, who sent the last one and to where, how many did we got and sent... things like that, it just needs to adapt the system to letters! :)
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[*] posted on 19-4-2009 at 09:12 AM


I think this is a great idea! I'd love to participate.
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[*] posted on 7-5-2009 at 01:44 PM


That's a very interesting idea.

But I'm wondering if there would be some restrictions about what to send and write and what not. Because letters could be understand in a very broad way. What should the sender write about? Should every user put into their profile special topics they would like to read about? Wouldn't that become a little strict, to tell people what to write about in their letters, would that still be fun? On the other hand, I could imagine many people being disappointed when receiving a very short letter or one that's uninteresting in their opinion. So I really wonder if that could work, because everyone has so different hobbies and interests.

The difference to postcards which I see is, that postcards have "at least" a picture side. Of course, also about this, tastes differ, but I think there are types of pictures most people like; there's not such a big range of differences as in topics of letters. I hope you understand what I mean ;)

I would not say lettercrossing could never work, I'm just wondering if it would. But I would give it a try, personally :)

Do you have any ideas about possible rules of lettercrossing?
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[*] posted on 16-6-2009 at 01:51 PM


I'd give it a try too, I think it's a nice idea to know people from around the world. It could be too a site that gives you the address of a person who likes to read the same things than you, or who has your same age (in resume, it'd give you the address of a person who has something in common with you)

It's a wonderful idea!!
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[*] posted on 17-6-2009 at 07:32 AM


the thing is, that it already exists
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[*] posted on 21-8-2009 at 03:10 PM


I don't think that would work. Or, rather, I think there would be a core of really passionate users like us responding to this and a lot of people who would give it up soon or send crap. And it doesn't even have to be because of mean intentions, but like Phoenix says, letters could be practically anything. I once had a penpal who would write on the little pieces of paper that you normally use for memos - I forgot what they're called - so each of her letters would be about four lines all in all. I can't believe she was even willing to pay the postage for four lines of text!

Anyway, do you have any ideas about what people should write? I mean, it's a bit intimidating to write a letter to a stranger, so I think it would often result in just very brief letters...
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[*] posted on 15-9-2009 at 12:09 AM


Hi,
Am new to the boards. Additionally we could do a "keep it going and then pass it on".

So each person writes a paragraph (10 lines max.) about themselves onto the existing piece of paper and then forward this on so each time it arrives, so we have one big letter and see where it travels, so this one letter could have had 50 visits travelled X miles and been in circulation for X years.

If people like viewing the stamps we could cut the stamp off the envelope from the previous person and then attach it to a seperate piece of paper.

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[*] posted on 6-1-2010 at 02:26 PM


What if each member posted for example;
-Love to read, especially fantasy
-Hate sports
-Interested in cooking and trying new recipes.

This will maybe make it easier to write an interesting letters...
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[*] posted on 21-3-2010 at 02:51 AM


But isn't this postcrossing, the postcard project? I don't mean to offend, but I joined for the postcards, and I guess a lot of other people are with me on this. But if you really enjoy writing letters, you should check out this website: http://www.interpals.net/. Hope it helps!
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[*] posted on 23-10-2010 at 02:34 AM


This is why there is the option for users to indicate whether they're interested in direct swapping.:D
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[*] posted on 14-3-2014 at 07:44 PM


I was think about that; I think it would be great to do something like that :)
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[*] posted on 19-12-2014 at 04:56 PM


I would love this.

A lot of people have mentioned something like this already exists (Interpals, direct swapping, what else?) but those lack the randomness, fun mechanism and element of surprise that are so unique in Postcrossing.
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[*] posted on 26-10-2018 at 03:06 PM


I think the topic should be raised back.
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