"Happy birthday to someone old enough to remember what it was like to poop without a smartphone," "This two-hour meeting was almost as productive as a single well-written email," "However old you are is the new 30," and "May you live to be so old that your driving terrifies people" are examples of funny email cards. Email cards, also known as e-cards, are like postcards and greeting cards but are sent using digital media.
Publishers make email cards available on many websites. Since email cards consist of digital content, they are more flexible than traditional greeting cards. They can be sent to many people at the same time, and they can be personalized by the person sending them. The sender selects from an online catalog available on the publisher's website. Ways to personalize email cards include adding messages, photos or videos.
Judith Donath created the e-card in 1994 at the MIT Media Lab. The phenomenon started at a slow pace, but it picked up rapidly over that year and subsequently. Today, millions of e-cards are sent every year. Types of e-cards include greeting cards and postcards, flash animation, video and mobile e-cards, Web-based and face upload cards, in addition to interactive game cards.