December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas From The Post Office to Facebook

In the '80's and 90's, Filipinos usually would received greeting cards from their friends and loved ones through the mail.  At the turn of the century, it became a combination of e-cards via e-mail and SMS messages.   For a number of years, people would send a generic Christmas greeting to all their contacts on their phone.   Of course each text would cost at least P1.00.   The cheaper way was through e-cards but you'd have to know and input the recipients' e-mail address and type or paste it in each form.

Fast forward to the present day and age of social media.   You'll still get a couple of SMS greetings most likely from those you haven't heard from in a while and you may even get lucky and receive one or two Christmas cards in the mail.   What you do find yourself receiving much more are Christmas greetings on Facebook or twitter than any other means. Why ?

Probably because you have more Facebook friends than your contact list.   Probably because it's so much easier to keep in touch nowadays via Facebook.  Probably because your contacts may check their Facebook 1st even before their e-mail (or they use the Facebook messaging system as their e-mail). Probably because it's easy to send a virtual Christmas gift on one of those Facebook Christmas apps. Probably because practically everybody is on Facebook.  Probably because it's easy, convenient and free.  Probably one or all of these reasons have compelled you to use Facebook as the medium to express your Holiday greets.

Whatever the reason may be, one thing is for certain:  social media has changed the way we greet our friends and relatives.   Social media not only provides us with an alternate avenue for communication but a very convenient one in a fun environment at that.   Now that's a Merry Christmas worth poking for.

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