Wednesday, August 4, 2010

A little more on Letternet

I have posted a few times before about Letternet, Deutsche Post's (Germany's postal service) pen pal website. (See Deutsche Post's Letternet, Letternet Update, and More on the Letternet Saga for past commentary.) I just wanted to share with my readers that I have received many, many fun letters from Germany this way. For all the details about it, please read my previous posts linked above and visit the Letternet website (I think I linked the English version there), but I can heartily say that you are pretty likely to get quite a few pen pals from this service if you are patient. People in Germany can request pen pals from anywhere, but anyone from other countries can only be matched with writers in Germany. This makes sense, being sponsored by the German postal service - what's in it for them if they link me, in the USA, up with someone in France? Anyway, I've only written first to one or two people, and I have approved countless other address requests from other people, and I admit I haven't kept an exact count, but I think I've probably received Letternet letters from at least 15 people by now. So I give Letternet my full endorsement for anyone who's looking for a way to find a pen pal in Germany. Incidentally, a few of the letter-writers had some degree of trouble with English, but most of them wrote in English most impressively. (Don't ask me to write in German!)

I'd love to hear feedback from anyone else who's tried Letternet - so far I've only heard positive things.

6 comments:

  1. I have to say I didn't have positive experiences with Letternet. 10 pen pals, but no one wrote more than 1 letter - if they wrote one...some of them never answered.

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  2. I have enjoyed Letternet as well. I have gotten 5 or so letters so far but I lost my log in and had to get it again and just approved a whole bunch of requests so I suspect I will see more. They get a thumbs up from me.

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  3. Well, this does sound like fun. Is it sort of like Postcrossing or is there more of a long-term commitment. Either way, I will definitely check this out.

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  4. Thanks for mentioning this Ilona. I just registered.

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  5. I've found a couple of pen pals through Letternet, and it's always exciting how plainer it is (in contrast to letter blog owners, who do a lot of 'mail art'). The letter is what's important. Anyway, I've approved quite a few requests but have only received a couple of letters. There are a few that I think will keep going and some just aren't writing to me period. So I like its randomness.

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  6. Thanks for posting about this. I'd come across letternet in my website wanderings, but hadn't gone any further with it as I simply hadn't heard anything about it from anyone else... til now. I'll sign up and see what 'randomness' ensues...

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