Have you ever wanted to send a doodle, sketch or drawing as an email message instead of just plain text? Do you wish that you could handwrite your emails instead of typing them?
Sometimes plain text can be boring. They say a picture is worth a thousand words and that’s true, even with email. Wouldn’t it be nice to add some creativity or a personal touch to your email messages? Well, thanks to a service called @bubbles, it is possible.
@bubbles (yes, the @ sign is part of the name) is a new kind of email service that lets you send personal doodles and handwritten messages to anyone with an email address. You can use the service to “scribble your thoughts, stick photos, sketch cartoons, draw diagrams, attach sticky notes, put handwritten signatures and more.”
Let’s take a look at how this all works.
1. Signing up with @bubbles is easy: you can use your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Google account to do so. If you prefer the old-fashioned way, you can also sign up using your email address.
@bubbles will get your name, gender and email address from your social network of choice. You’ll just need to create your own username (bubble ID) and password.
2. After you create your bubble ID, you’ll be directed to the dashboard. Here you can import your contacts, compose letters, see your incoming mail and outgoing mail and view drafts.
Creating and Sending Doodles
1. The first thing you’ll want to do is import your contacts. This way you won’t have to go searching for an email when the time comes to compose a letter.
When you click on the “Import Contacts” button, you can choose to import from Gmail, Yahoo or Hotmail. Once you import your contacts, the “Import Contacts” button will disappear.
2. Next it’s time to compose your first letter. Click on the “Compose letter” button and you’ll be taken to @bubble’s letter editor.
As you can see from the screenshot above you can: add text with the word editor; handwrite text or highlight with the pen/highlighter; add geometric shapes; sketch and draw with pencils; add sticky notes and images; and more.
When doodling, it will get some getting used to since you have to use the mouse as your pen and pencil. Practice makes perfect.
3. Once you’re done you can post your letter, save as a draft or discard it. You can also add tags, which are searchable and will make finding specific letters easier once you have accumulated many.
When you click on “post the letter” a box will pop up allowing you to enter a recipient email address; you can enter as many email addresses as you want. You can also add CC recipients.
Note: If you are sending an email to another @bubbles user, you can mention them anywhere in your letter to automatically send it to them (i.e. @username).
4. Upon completion, you’ll be able to see the message in the “Outgoing Tray” on your dashboard. You can click on it to edit, forward or reply (on fresh paper).
@bubbles is definitely a fun way to liven up your email messages, especially now that the holidays are quickly approaching. Just imaging the cool doodles and drawings you can come up with; it’s a great way to bring out your inner creativity.
What are your thoughts on @bubbles? Do you find it useful? Do you think you’ll use it?