About Postcrossing

Learn all about Postcrossing.

How it all started

The Postcrossing project was created in 2005 by Paulo Magalhães as a side project when he was a student in Portugal. Paulo loves to receive mail and postcards in particular; from friends, family — or from anyone in the world. Finding a postcard in the mailbox always makes his day!

He knew more people shared the same interest, but there was no good way yet to connect everyone. And that's how he got the initial idea of creating the online platform for this which he called Postcrossing. Its goal: to connect people across the world through postcards, independently of their country, age, gender, race or beliefs.

After playing with the idea for a while, Paulo decided to create the website on his free time. Friends helped test the first version, Ana Campos designed the first logo and after much indecision about the name, on July 14th, 2005 the Postcrossing Project was open to everyone.

Postcrossing first server

In a matter of days many new members joined from countries all over the world, overcoming Paulo's best expectations for the project. At this time, Postcrossing was still hosted in an old home computer tucked away in a storage room in Paulo's home. But soon it became clear that what started as a pet project was quickly turning into a very popular idea.

Since then, Postcrossing has been in the media spotlight around the world, from the widely known BBC News to newspapers, magazines and blogs in languages and scripts that Paulo can't even recognize.

Postcrossing brings many people together, making the world a smaller and happier place — one postcard at a time. There are countless reports of new friendships made, new languages learned and numerous cultural facts about other countries that people learned through their exchanges in the project.

What followed

And today

Today, the Postcrossing Project is directed by Paulo and Ana who work on it everyday with the precious support of a small team who help run the project's website and its forum. The members also play an important role with keeping the website running by helping support the project and giving feedback and suggestions about where to go next.

For the future, the Postcrossing goals are simple: to connect the world through postcards and to bring smiles to as many different people and countries as possible. Happy Postcrossing!