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In this series on productivity, author Jess Stratton takes you through the latest tools that will help you run your business and life more efficiently. Each installment covers a particular feature or technique in a different online tool, such as Google Apps, Skype, YouTube, Mint.com, Etsy, and more. Check back every Monday for tips on topics from recording and publishing video chats to managing your finances online.
My name is Jess Stratton and welcome to Monday Productivity Pointers. It's always fun to get postcards in the mail. However, real postcards can be hard to find, which can be frustrating when you're out touring and you want to send one. But now you can combine two pastimes, taking photos, and sending someone something in the mail. You can create a real postcard print that's sent through the mail from your own photos, for just 99 cents. To do that go to a website called postagramapp.com.
You're going to send something called a Postagram, and in fact there is a postagram app so that you can do this on your iPhone also. And I'll be showing you that in the next video but for now we're going to send them right over your desktop computer. You can connect to Instagram if you have an Instagram account, or you can browse photos on your own computer. To get started, open up your browser and go to postagramapp.com and then click the green, Send a Postagram now. At the bottom of the screen, you can see a screenshot of what it's going to look like when the other person gets your Postagram in the mail.
So, I'll click Send a Postagram now and now I have to make the decision, whether I want to upload a photo from Instagram, if I have got an instagram account and photos on it, or if I want to browse and upload from my computer. In this case, I am going to connect right up to my Instagram account. So, I'll click Upload from Instagram. Now because on this particular computer I've already logged into Instagram all my photos are going to come right up. If I wasn't it's fine. I'll just be brought to the Instagram log in box and I'll need to know my Instagram user account and password.
So now I can browse through all my Instagram photos and I'll choose one that I want. In this case I'll choose a gorgeous picture I took while I was in Carpinteria visiting the Lynda.com offices. Once I've got the one that I want, I'll click the yellow Use Photo button and it already takes whatever caption you had in that Instagram photo but I can add more to it if I want. It tells me how many characters I have. I can see what it's going to look like with my text and my photo. I'll click the green Continue button. Now, I do have an Instagram account, but in order to do this you have to create an account to use the service.
So if this is the first time you've done it, click Create, and you'll be prompted to create an account. I already have one, so I'll click log in. And then I can just log in with my email address and password. Click the yellow Go button. Here's where I can choose a recipient. Now, anyone that I've added in the past and sent a postcard to, it'll save in here, which is great if I want to continue sending them more postcards over time. At any time, I can click Add a Recipient, and I'll be prompted to put in their name and their full address.
In this case, just because it's quick, I'm just going to choose myself to send it to, and now it's telling me that I've selected one postcard to send to this person. From here I can just click the green Proceed to Checkout button, and it's going to bring me to the final screen. Now I'm not going to complete the check out because here it's just asking for my credit card number, my security code, the expiration month and the zip code of the billing address so it's really clear what I need to do but the total due on this order is 99 cents.
That's all it costs to send a real postcard through the mail. I can see what it's going to look like. It's going to to tell me who it's going to be sent to, and it's going to tell me how long it takes to get there. Three to seven days in the United States, so really it's not that different from sending something through the postal mail. The only difference is, is that they have to print it out first. When you're all ready to go, just click the yellow Send Now button, and that's it. So this is a really fun tool. It's great for kids. You can get your kids involved and choose photos and send them to grandparents or other family members.
So don't forget to go to Postagram App and have fun turning your real photos into postcards to send to people. Up next, I'll show you how to do the same thing on your smartphone.
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