Thursday, September 1, 2011

Traditional Thank You Cards VS Technology

I know some of you are rooting for the comeback of the traditional way of thanking people - via thank you cards. Others argue that the card is not even dead. Then we have folks who embrace technology, but complain that most of the latest developments are only available to those with smartphones... Hey, why argue if there's something for everyone these days?

Meet Thankuz, a sweet new thanking website that was recently brought to my attention. Thankuz fits right between a formal, traditional thank you greeting and a casual 'thanks' expressed via text messages or social networking sites, sort of bringing both worlds together. Because traditions don't always meet the modern world's needs.

I got curious about the whole thing, so I had to ask one of the creators if anyone could use it, regardless of them having a smartphone or not, and, as it turns out, Thankuz is a web app and you don't even have to sign up to use it - the Thankuz notes can be sent anonymously or via a nickname. You can use it to send thank you notes to people, places or even things, and you can add photos with your note of thanks! Each note also gets its own url, so it's easy to find and share.

So what do you think? Do you even like the idea of various thankful applications that keep being developed lately?

21 comments:

  1. my aunt and grandma still give me thank you and birthday cards and i treasure them. it's the personal touch that makes me smile. :)

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  2. I must admit I have never received a thankyou card.Millions of birthday cards but never thankyous.I love sending thankyou cards.Especially if someone I least expect sends me something..Thanks for the little visit,If you never visited I cant ever visit you, lol.You dont have a follower listing.

    Have a nice day Julia!

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  3. Ok Julia got it now ha.Thanks!

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  4. Wow Julia! Thank you so much for taking the time to inform your readers about Thankuz, and for putting so much thought and effort into your review. Love the approach you took!

    We’re so happy that our instant thank you note concept is being adopted and appreciated by our users. We hope to continue to improve the Site and Service even more in the future, and would love any feedback The Thank You Project readers might have. Thanks again.

    Matt Franklin

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  5. Thanks for sharing this! I'm going to try it out. I use various methods for thanking others depending on the individual. I try to think about which method they would enjoy the most. :)

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  6. BRILLIANT.
    I am always on board with ways that combine social networking/media ways of doing things in addition to the typical ways of doing things. I think it is so much more effective.

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  7. Oh this sounds interesting! I'm definitely going to have to check it out!

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  8. I love giving people thank you notes electronically or via physical cards.

    I just think it's a fantastic way to show appreciation for the nice things people do for us. :)


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    Addie
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  9. There's nothing better than a snail mail thank you card! I have never receive an electronic thank you card, but I do receive actual thank you cards and I love them!

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  10. That is very very sweet. I love it when there are new ways to say thank you!!! They're such good reminders.

    Belly B :)

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  11. thanks for sharing this link.. it is so useful for me! xoxox

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  12. This sounds liek such a fantastic site! Typically I use free e-cards sites to send Thank Yous; but I may need to check this application out! :)

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  13. Estupendos los posts que nos dejas, un placer haber vuelto por tu espacio.

    Saludos y buen fin de semana.

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  14. I like the idea, but for me, there's nothing sweeter than a hand written thank you card with an update, a photo you can hold and touch...I'm kind of old fashioned about that.

    xo mary jo

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  15. I love the idea of a "real" thank you card. If I am thankful enough to want to send a card, I want it to be something the person can hold and cherish. Call me old fashioned lol.

    BUT, I have lots of "virtual" friends through blogging that I would love to send a thank you to when they've brightened my day and I think that would be an awesome use for the web cards.

    Thank you for introducing me to this awesome site!

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  16. That's pretty cute. Will favorite the site and check it out.

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  17. I love the idea!! Not as a complete replacement for the 'thank you card' but as an easier way for other areas that wouldn't necessarily merit one. What a fabulous idea, I just emailed it to my office so I can send a couple tomorrow or at least start brainstorming about where I want them to go :)

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  18. I choose to use traditional thank you cards, they are more convenient!

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  19. Love the feedback you have all provided in your comments! Thank you all so much for taking the time & effort to leave such detailed thoughts & remarks. :)

    We're up to 500 users who have sent nearly 1,000 notes in only a short amount of time. I'm sure this wouldn't have been possible without the support of this community.

    Especially loved the feedback re: digital vs. physical notes. That's been one of our biggest challenges to date, as it is very difficult to find a balance that everyone agrees with. We have some ideas we think will make the service even better, and more appealing to "digital" note naysayers, so please continue to send any feedback you might have as we continue to improve the site.

    Thanks again Julia! Your post sent a good amount of traffic, and for that, we are grateful!

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I appreciate you taking the time to connect and share your thoughts, so thank you for your comment! And while you're at it... Why not tell me what you're thankful for today? ;-)