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Send an Electronic Greeting Card Day – May 18, 2023

Send an Electronic Greeting Card Day is celebrated annually on May 18. The purpose of this day is to inspire people to send electronic greeting cards. Not only are these digital greeting cards convenient and inexpensive to send, but they are also good for the environment. The use of electronic greeting cards as opposed to paper greeting cards contributes to environmental protection by minimizing the amount of extra paper waste. Since its inception several decades ago, the internet has become an integral part of our daily lives, and sending a personalized e-card is a fun and easy way to convey goodwill.

History of Send an Electronic Greeting Card Day

If you’re reading this article on a computer, a smartphone, or a tablet, then you’re probably already familiar with the concept of electronic greeting cards because they’ve been around for a while now and are here to stay. Electronic greeting cards, sometimes known as e-cards, are widely used these days. They are comparable to traditional greeting cards, with the exception that they are made digitally and sent via email. Though traditionally delivered via email and accessed using a computer, several types of greeting cards are now available for distribution through social media platforms and via smartphones and other mobile devices, among other methods. E-cards can be delivered to a single recipient or a group of recipients at the same time. Customized greeting cards are typically selected from an online inventory and then personalized with photographs, videos, and a message by the sender. The card firm is responsible for delivering the card to the receiver on the sender’s behalf.

Back in the late 1990s, when the majority of Americans were just getting their hands on home computers, you might recall all of the animated greeting cards that were sent out via email. While the low-resolution graphics of those cards may seem dated now, receiving an animated greeting card was a big deal back then.

In late 1994, while researching at the M.I.T. Media Lab, Judith Donath established The Electric Postcard, which was the world’s first website for sending electronic greeting cards. It began slowly, but by the late spring of 1996, more than 1.7 million cards were being sent out worldwide. By this time, several other e-card websites launched shortly after. Over the years, there have been significant modifications to electronic greeting cards with things like Telegram, Instagram, Facebook, and WhatsApp stickers now the norm, but the basic premise has remained the same throughout.

Send an Electronic Greeting Card Day timeline

1993
Electronic Mail

The beginning of electronic mail paves the way for electronic greeting cards.

1994
Electronic Greeting Cards

The Electric Postcard is the name of the first electronic greeting card website and is established by Judith Donath at the M.I.T. Media Lab.

2013
Stickers for Facebook Messenger

Stickers for Messenger is introduced by Facebook.

2018
WhatsApp Stickers

WhatsApp launches stickers, which quickly becomes one of its most popular features.

Send an Electronic Greeting Card Day FAQs

What is the difference between electronic greeting cards and traditional greeting cards?

E-cards are similar to traditional postcards or greeting cards, with the key distinction being that they are generated using digital media rather than traditional materials such as paper or card stock. Because e-cards are digital ‘material,’ they are extremely customizable, allowing the sender to add a great deal of personalization to their message.

What are some of the advantages of sending electronic greeting cards?

Electronic greeting cards can feature a personalized message, is cost-effective, easy to send, and help to minimize the carbon footprint of the recipient.

What is the cost of sending an electronic greeting card?

Is it necessary to pay to send electronic greeting cards? No. All digital e-cards are free to send through email or social media platforms.

Send an Electronic Greeting Card Day Activities

  1. Send an electronic greeting card

    Electronic greeting cards are far from obsolete, and one can readily discover websites that offer a wide variety of e-cards for any occasion. For those who have never sent an electronic greeting card before, this day is the ideal opportunity to do so.

  2. Send stickers

    Even if you cannot send an electronic card you can send stickers. It is a lovely way to convey holiday wishes.

  3. Share on social media

    You can celebrate the day on social media. You can use the hashtag #SendAnElectronicGreetingCardDay.

5 Facts About Electronic Greeting Cards

  1. Fun and inexpensive

    Electronic greetings are a fun and inexpensive way to brighten someone’s day and make them smile.

  2. Environmentally beneficial

    They are environmentally beneficial because they are made digitally and transmitted electronically, with no paper being consumed in the process.

  3. They can be viewed via email

    Electronic greeting cards are designed to be viewed on the internet rather than printed as the images are freely available online and can be transmitted to recipients by email.

  4. Send via social media platforms

    Previously, electronic greeting cards were used by email using a desktop computer but smartphones, as well as mobile devices, are being used to send many e-greetings via social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

  5. Can be sent to multiple recipients

    Nowadays, e-cards can be delivered to a single recipient or a group of recipients at the same time.

Why We Love Send an Electronic Greeting Card Day

  1. It’s better for the environment

    The use of electronic greeting cards as opposed to paper greeting cards contributes to environmental protection by minimizing the amount of extra paper waste. This is better and safer for our environment.

  2. Highly customized

    It takes only a few minutes to select your card from a large selection, personalize it, then send it, and the fortunate recipient will receive it in minutes. The cards are one-of-a-kind and not like everyone else’s.

  3. Time-saving

    The ease of sending e-cards allows you to do it from the comfort of your own home or workplace. This eliminates the time and effort required to physically go out and purchase a card. Furthermore, you have the option of sending many cards at the same time. This can save you a significant amount of time, especially if you are sending out a large number of thank-you cards.

Send an Electronic Greeting Card Day dates

YearDateDay
2023May 18Thursday
2024May 18Saturday
2025May 18Sunday
2026May 18Monday
2027May 18Tuesday

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