Pheil: For those who still send Ecards |

Pheil: For those who still send Ecards

I remember back in the good ol’ days when Ecards were everywhere. Awkward, silly illustrations and animations accompanied by painfully cheesy music, showing up cheerfully in your inbox in place of physical cards.

I haven’t seen any actual statistics, but based on personal experience as well as a tremendous amount of anecdotal evidence, I have a hunch Ecards aren’t quite as exciting to people as they used to be.

People just don’t seem to send them quite as often. (After all, you can just leave a quick “Happy Birthday!!” note on a person’s Facebook page now. Easy, instant, done.)

If you ever do run into a special situation that’s not too special (meaning you really should buy an actual, physical card), and you feel inspired to send a fun Ecard, may I make a recommendation? Try out JustWink.

The cards at JustWink are fun, funny and easily customized. Nothing cheesy, just fast, easy, fun Ecards your friends and family will actually enjoy receiving.

If you feel inspired, take a look: and bookmark it for the future.

Grab Bag: Your 4 Links of the Week

1) – Let’s pretend a portion of every purchase you made at could be donated to your favorite charity. And let’s pretend you didn’t have to do anything other than tell Amazon what charity they should donate money to on your behalf. Great, now let’s stop pretending. AmazonSmile makes this all happen. Visit the link, choose your charity, and get back to shopping Amazon just as you always have. After you’ve selected your charity through AmazonSmile, .5 percent of your purchases will start being donated straight to your favorite charity. Doesn’t get any easier than this.

2) – Apple’s new 260,000-square-foot campus has been approved by Cupertino, California’s City Council. It’ll be home to roughly 13,000 Apple employees and it looks like a gigantic glass wheel. Check out the pictures here for a taste of the ultra-unique design.

3) – What do you know about the Volvo’s V40 technology? Did you happen to know that it, in addition to the “standard” airbags that we all know about, it also offers the world’s first pedestrian airbag technology? Yes, airbags for pedestrians. Watch this 16 second YouTube clip to see the technology in action.

4) – What can you learn from your Google Analytics mobile reports? A whooooooole lot, that’s what. This great article walks you through the report, step by step. Learn how (or, gulp … if) your website is working on a wide range of mobile devices.

Erin Pheil is the owner of timeforcake creative media—the Web Design & Strategy company voted #1 in Best of Summit. Visit the timeforcake website at or email Erin at

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