One of the nicest features about Facebook is how it notifies you when it’s someone’s birthday. ‘Wish them a Happy Birthday,’ it encourages and mostly, people do. Resulting in a large amount of well wishes to the person who’s birthday it is, and when it happens to me, I LOVE IT.
I thought there must be a way to do something similar with my online friends this Christmas. To the people on Instagram whose content I’ve loved, the people on Twitter and Facebook who I’ve chatted with. Last year I sent out an email, but to be honest, those round robin emails never seem sincere and I was trying to think of a more personal way to do it.
It’s not original, but the best I could come up with were social media cards send via direct message. I created a few with Canva and it was super easy and today I’ve been sending them out and been getting all the feels at the replies.
But before I tell you how to do it, a few warnings: sending out a message to all of the people you follow is seen as spam, it’s impossible to do this on Instagram, but just in case you were thinking of posting it to all your followers, don’t. Do that on stories instead.
These cards are designed to be sent slowly, throughout the day, a few at a time.
And whatever you do, don’t include the message ‘pass it on‘ or ‘send it back to me.’ I’ve had a few of those type of cards on direct message and they just remind of those things we did at school, chain letters were they called? I ignored them at school and I’m ignoring anything similar now.
They also seem quite desperate, I mean, I’ve never had a card through the post that asked me to send it back, or forward it on to my other friends, have you?
Social media cards on Canva
I’ve included the social media cards I designed (the Facebook one is at the top of this post) but if you wanted to create your own, and didn’t know how to Use Canva, here’s a quick tutorial. It is soooo easy.
- Open up Canva and create an account.
- Click on Create a Design and select one of the social media posts that you want to create
- For Instagram Stories, you need to go to the box in the upper right hand corner that says, Create a Custom Design, or select and the dimensions. You want 1080 px by 1920 px
- You’ll see suggested designs and layouts along the left hand side, pick from those or create your own
- There’s also a text button, elements which creates shapes and the like and backgrounds
It can be a bit fiddly at first if you’ve never used Canva before, but it is easy once you get the hang of it.
And in case you don’t have time to make your own social media cards, here’s a few that I’m sending out. They’re at the right dimensions so if you right click over them and then save the image, they should be good to go.
I’m also guessing that this will be my last blog post before the big day so HAPPY CHRISTMAS you lot! Have a brilliant holiday.
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