Monday, February 22, 2010

Letternet update

If you recall my original blog entry about Deutsche Post Letternet, I promised to keep you updated about the arrival of my address code.

I initially joined up and requested an address code on Sunday, February 14 - and today I received that address code from Germany via snail mail - or rather, via Luftpost. The letter is dated February 16, and though it doesn't have a postmark date (go figure), that still seems right speedy to have arrived in less than a week.

So I entered by address code and am now a "full member." The searching for pen pals system seems pretty darn random and you don't have a lot of search options (nor can you write your own profile, it seems), but I've requested at least one address so far, just for the heck of testing it out, and we'll see what happens.

UPDATE 23 Feb 2010: Thanks to a very helpful comment from tanuki below, I discovered a little more about the methods. No, you don't get notification when someone approves an address request - they just show up in your pen pals list. So I logged in just now, and found that someone had requested my address! I approved it, but now I just see a very minimal profile and an address for her. Does she write first, since she requested? Or do I? There is really no way to message each other or communicate about that. Maybe I'll send her a postcard.

7 comments:

  1. please let us know how it goes dear god bless you .

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  2. I didn't know you could have a Letternet profile or anything online - I've been enrolled with them since I was in high school and had to be for my German course. Now being 21, I get they're little "newsletter" in the mail every so often and I get one that is specifically geared towards adults. So, I think that's sort of good to protect the younger kids and also to allow adults to you know...have adult conversations with their penpals. :)
    It's a great service - so glad that Deutsche Post does this! And I hope you enjoy your new Letternet penpals!

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  3. i received a postcrossing card recently from germany [two, actually] and the postmarks were feb 14 and i had them in my hand feb 18! i don't think a letter would get across canada that fast!

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  4. *rubs hands together maniacally* I'm so glad you're testing this out for us, Ilona... then I don't have to do it all myself. ;)

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  5. Yeah, I requested two addresses, but I don't know how I actually receive them. Does the other person get emailed for permission and then contact me? Do those addresses get mailed or emailed to me? It's all a mystery. I'll keep you posted like the guinea pig I am. :-)

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  6. Letternet spoiler ^.^
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    Nope, you aren't notified when you receive a request (that might be the reason why my requests since last time have been pending for weeks)... When you request an address, you don't know whether the person denied it or whether it's still pending, but when the person is willing to write, he/she appears in your 'pals' section and you see the complete address, birthday and... well, that's it ^.^ I suppose that the one who requests the address should write first ~ maybe the ones who requested my address had a different opinion, at least nobody really wrote... You can delete people from your pals list at least, so I dumped everyone except of one... Well, 7 requests from others, three from me (that are still unanswered) that makes 10 potential pals and one actual pal... I think it's quite normal in the penpal world... Cheers, tanuki

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  7. tanuki, THANK YOU for this very clear explanation! Wow, I guess I'll just check back at times and see if anyone shows up in the pen pals section, then. Wow.

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