Photo by edvvc
With the Olympics kicking off this weekend, it seems like the whole world has become obsessed with the sporting event. Here are some reasons why… (in no particular order):
- Inspiring Stories. Mary Kom. Lolo Jones. Ryan Bailey. Marlen Esparaza. Athletes who have overcome all odds to make it to London.
- 24/7 TV coverage. Olympics on all the time. Who doesn’t like that?
- Twitter. From the awesome tweets of Olympians to the London Eye Ferris Wheel light show driven by tweets, this platform has come to redefine what it means to communicate in real time.
- Iconic Moments. From Jesse Owens racing to victory with Adolf Hitler watching to the 1968 Olympics Black Power salute, it’s powerful to see people take a stand for what they believe in, and to shake up the world a little bit while they do.
- Opening Ceremonies. Countries go all out in ringing in the beginning of the Olympic games. Plus it’s always fun to see all the athletes marching in and pretend like we are there as well.
- Cool Outfits. Come, let’s be honest. It’s always a blast to see what each country has outfitted their athletes in.
- It’s about sports. For most Olympic athletes, the games aren’t so much about money or sponsorships but about competing for the love of the sport- to compete at the highest level on the world’s biggest stage.
- It’s about your country. It is beautiful to see athletes tear up during the medal ceremonies during their country’s anthem. They are competing not just for themselves, but for the people at home.
- Coca Cola and Proctor and Gamble. Some of the Olympics biggest sponsors never fail to amaze us with their beautiful advertisements. It’s impossible to watch the Proctor and Gamble videos on Olympic athletes and their moms and not tear up.
- It’s a celebration. This is the one time where the whole world gets together and is focused on one event. The one time when people travel to one city and turn it into a multicultural metropolis and when everyone world wide puts their life on pause for a little bit to tune into a track or swimming race. We may rejoice in victories and be disappointed in defeats, but whether we know it or not, we have become a part of something bigger than ourselves.
So let the Olympic Games begin! If you happen to be in London, send us a Postagram (it’s free) and keep us posted:
Sincerely attn Doc
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San Francisco CA 94102
A big thank you to everyone who came out to Photo Hack Day 3 this last weekend! It was the first time it was hosted in San Francisco, and over 300 developers came to DropBox to hack away. Congrats to to the group behind PhotoBomber, who won the award for best hack with the Sincerely Ship API!
Here are some awesome Postagrams from the event. Hope to see you next year!
The awesome PhotoBomber team!
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Happy Friday! We have a bunch of new cards designs in Sincerely Ink, including new card designs for International Friendship Day, which is awesome… because friends are awesome… and they deserve an awesome day! Except for some of them that didn’t help me move last weekend… Dave!
Just kidding, Dave, you get a card too!
For one day only, every Sincerely user can send ONE FREE CARD with any of our Ship partner apps on your iPhone or iPad. Sincerely Ship partners are apps that have integrated our Sincerely Ship API so that users can send a postcard from their iPhone or iPad. We have been honored to partner with such amazing apps over the last year and want to thank you for helping us make the world just a little more thoughtful.
Here’s how it works:
- On Tuesday July 17, 2012 12am (PST), every Sincerely account will automatically be given credits to purchase and send a postcard. The credits will show up in your account and will disappear at 11:59pm (PST).
- #FreeCardDay is only for participating Sincerely Ship partners, which can be found here and are listed below. It does not apply to Postagram or Sincerely Ink.
- We have a limit of 50,000 cards. One card will be allowed per user. Once that limit is crossed, the promotion will end.
This week in Sincerely Ink we have some ‘sweet’ new ways to say “Happy Birthday!”
With the Thoughtfulness Engine and new birthday cards in Ink, you’ve got all the tools for an extra special happy birthday, feliz cumpleaños, joyeux anniversaire or alles gute zum geburtstag as our German summer interns might say
Moving can be tough… packing, bribing friends to help, renting a uhaul, but at least announcing your move hasn’t gotten easier to do with our new announcement cards in the Sincerely Ink app. Along with our usual batch of new designs, we’ve added three “We’ve moved” cards to help share the news, and your new address, with your friends.
I’m particularly thrilled about these new designs because I happen to be moving in with my girlfriend next weekend (woohoo!!!) and these cars will be perfect for updating all of my friends. Speaking of updating, if you happen to be moving soon, be sure to update your Sincerely account. This will automagically update your address for other Sincerely users.
Oh… and if anybody wants to send us a housewarming card, you can add me to your address book here.
It’s baaaacccckkkk! Photo Hack Day 1 and 2 have come and gone, and 3 is right around the corner!
The original Photo Hack Day was the first image-centric hackathon in New York City, bringing together the brightest minds in photography, photo-editing, web design, computer science, and more. In 24 hours, over 200 developers put together an impressive 43 hacks with APIs contributed from 25 companies.
Join Sincerely, Aviary, Facebook, Dropbox and MORE for the Photo Hack Day 3. Sinerely’s Ship API, which allows developers to integrate a ‘Print and Ship Postcard’ feature will be available for hacks.
Award-winning hacks in the past have included:
- PhotoBot, a robotic photo analysis tool that provides suggestions for taking better pictures
- Emotional Breakdown, an experimental visualization of the mood of people in photographs (featured app in Mashable)
- Synviary, a collaborative image editing platform
- HoneyBadger, a motion detector security system that enables your computer to know who’s looking at your screen
Hope to see you there!