Send Any E-Card to a Facebook Friend

Workarounds to Send E-Cards to Facebook Friends

Some e-card applications are specifically designed for use with Facebook, and many internet e-card sites offer posting services to Facebook. However, if you use and prefer a greeting card site that does not connect with Facebook, you can still send an e-card from that site to a Facebook friend.

Send Any E-Card to a Facebook Friend

After you make sure that the e-card company does not offer an easy way to send cards through Facebook and confirm that you don't have and can't easily get an email address for your friend—either of which offers an easier way to send your e-card—you can use one of these workarounds to send an e-card to a Facebook user.

To deliver an e-card link to a Facebook friend:

  1. Compose the e-card on the internet site with the intended recipient's name and the text you want the card to contain.
  2. Enter your name and email address as the sender.
  3. Enter the recipient's name but your email address as the recipient.
  4. Send the e-card, which will go to yourself.
  5. Open your email account and locate the message that contains the e-card. If the email contains a link to the card at the e-card company's website, copy that link and save it.
  6. Start a new Facebook message to your Facebook friend by clicking the Message icon at the top of your Facebook page or by clicking the friend's name in the contacts sidebar that appears to the right of your Facebook page.
  7. Paste the link to the e-card along with any other text you want to include.
  8. Click Return or Enter to send the message with the link.

If the e-card email includes the card as a single image rather than as a link:

  1. Save the image to your desktop from the e-card email you received.
  2. On your Facebook page, open a new message to your Facebook friend and type a short message.
  3. Click the paperclip icon at the bottom of the new message screen to add a file to the message. 
  4. Locate and click on the e-card image you saved to your desktop.
  1. Press Return or Enter on your keyboard to send the message with the e-card image.

If the e-card comes as a rich-text email and you're in for some tinkering fun:

  1. Open the e-card so it is visible in full on the screen.
  2. Take a screenshot of the email window or the whole display.
  3. Open the saved screenshot in an image editing tool such as Preview, Photos, or Gimp.
  4. Crop the image to show only the card.
  5. Save the cropped image.
  6. Open a new message to your Friend on your Facebook page and type a short message..
  7. Click the paperclip icon at the bottom of the new message screen to add a file to the message. 
  8. Find and click on the cropped image you saved.
  9. Press Return or Enter on your keyboard to send the message with the cropped e-card.

No matter which of these methods you use, your friend will see that he has a new message the next time he logs onto Facebook.

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