As you prepare to celebrate Christmas, make your list, check it twice…
How many cards did you get this year?
Slate.com has predicted that 2010 ‘will do down as the year the Christmas card lay dying’…and they pretty clearly point the finger at Facebook as its snail mail killer.
I am a sender of Christmas cards. I send a lot of them…in the neighborhood of 150 each year. And like Slate, I thought this might be the year that my returns would be more in the 30 percent range.
That bright red glass bowl on my foyer table where I collect all my holiday cards was near to overflowing four days before Christmas. And when I return home after my holiday sojourn, I fully expect to add another 10-15 to the mix.
I appreciate the time they took. I liked receiving them. It’s tradition…and one I’d personally like to keep.
But what has Facebook killed?
- Holiday letters. I read the status updates from those same friends on a daily basis. A long-winded, highly-detailed letter in teeny-tiny font would be redundant (and probably only skimmed — no offense).
- Birthday cards. A cheery birthday greeting on Facebook has replaced much of my birthday card sending — e-card sending, too. It has the added advantage of being a group experience, too.
- Phone calls. If I need to ask a quick question, I sometimes send a message to people who I know are on their computers and can more quickly and easily respond via Facebook.
But for all the ‘deaths’ that can be attributed to Facebook this year alone, the more frequent and enhanced communication I have enjoyed there with friends and family near and far?
Well, that makes us even in my book.