E-ACTIVITIES TO MAKE LONG DISTANCE LOVE WORK
- JWB Post
- February 12, 2014
There are many people in this world who will tell you that long-distance relationships are doomed to fail. But we believe in opposite. And that can’t be any other way when we live in Age of Technologies. Below we have collected some interesting electronic activities for you that will help keep the spark of love across geography.
1. Send an e-card!
Do it on regular basis. Try this link to check out few nice websites for free e-cards: http://freebies.about.com/od/computerfreebies/tp/free-ecards.htm
2. Say cheese!
- Smilebox is a program that you can download for FREE to create things with your digital photos including digital scrapbooks, e-cards, slideshows, photo albums, and postcards. After you make your creation you can send it by email to your loved one. There are a ton of designs and layouts to choose from. Download Smilebox here: www.smilebox.com
- Create online photo albums for each other. Some good sites: www.flickr.com and www.webshots.com
- www.wordfoto.com has an app that turns your photos and words into amazing typographic works of art.
- www.rollip.com will help you transform your pictures into classic photographs!
3. Get a webcam!
First of all, if you don’t already have a webcam, get one! You’ll be glad you did. There are a bunch of ideas in this list that incorporate the use of video chatting.
Skype is a free video chat service that is very popular. With Gmail Video Chat you can customize the size of the window and even increase the size up to full screen without much loss of quality.
4. Play a game together
You will love playing multiplayer games together online. Check out our list of such games that you can play with your boyfriend/girlfriend here: www.lovingfromadistance.com/multiplayer-games.html
5. Make a website!
Make a website about your relationship that you both can work on. It is a great way to track your progress in your relationship, and what a great idea it would be to add a timeline…. I might just do that. www.webs.com, the webhost that you can use for this site, offers free websites with blogging, photo album, and video functions. Be creative together! You could also make a website for your boyfriend/girlfriend for your anniversary or any random day and surprise him/her with it by sending the link!
6. Sing karaoke together!
This might be some fun, and something you can do online with your love! You will need a webcam and mic for this one. Try this site: www.singsnap.com. SingSnap even lets you do duets! It will record you both at the same time, and even records video as well if you use your webcams.
7. Read a book together
A great idea is to read a book together. This will work for those couples who have limited time together, and need to find something to do together when they can’t be. Find a book you think you both would enjoy and agree to read a chapter every night. Reading together, can open up lots of discussion, and can help boost a relationship in which both people feel they have run out of things to talk about.
8. Join a virtual world!
Some may cost you money if you want extras, but www.secondlife.com, www.kaneva.com, and www.imvu.com. And there have free basic membership. You can socialize with other people in these virtual worlds with both voice and text chat. Programs like these are great for those in long distance relationships because they can allow you to go on virtual dates, and can be more interactive than just talking online.
9. Listen to music together
If you’re online a lot with your boyfriend/girlfriend instant messaging, why not listen to music together as you chat? There are tons of free online radio stations online. Here are a couple sites to get you started: www.live365.com. You can also make your own radio station together, check out www.Blip.fm
10. Send fun coupons
Your partner can redeem it the next time you see him/her. These are great to include in care packages along with other nice items he or she may enjoy. You can make your own or print out these ones from www.givecoupons.com
11. Send an E-Kiss
www.virtualkiss.com/ekiss has a kissing booth where you can create a custom kiss to send to whomever you wish for free. You choose lip shape, color, and texture. Include a message, and it’s all set to go! This website also has a lot of other interesting content all about kissing.
12. Send a Hip-Hop gram
You can send a song to your love with their name actually in the song. And it’s free! All the lovey dovey type songs are only meant for sending to girls for some reason.. Anyway check it out here: www.bored.com/hiphopgrams/index.html
13. Create an email time capsule!
Write an email to yourself and your boyfriend/girlfriend to be sent in the future. By using this website: www.futureme.org. This is something you can do for your partner or something that you can do together. Write about how much you love him/her. Include maybe some recent things you have done and fond memories you have now that you may not remember in x amount of years. Maybe include current problems in your relationship, so when you receive the email in the future, you can see if you still have the same issues you did back then or be pleased that you’ve made it through some hard times in your relationship. You choose when it gets delivered. How nice would it be to send it on your anniversary? This website lets you send it all the way until 2037! To send an email to another person besides yourself you just have to register. It’s free.
14. Share an online calendar
Keep your relationship on track by sharing an online calendar. Keep track of visits, plan times to talk on the phone, and mark days that you will be busy and unavailable to your partner. Sharing a calendar can help you both know what’s happening and know what to expect in advance. Try using Google Calendar.
15. Send a drawing or handwritten message by email
Handwritten is a tool that can record the motions of your mouse-pointer while you write/draw a message/picture. This message can then be sent to anybody by email – the email contains a link that leads to another applet that draws the message before the eyes of the recipient. Try it here: http://www.eigelb.at/?sID=78. With Mailwriter, you can write and mail handwritten messages. The mail that the recipient receives will contain a link to a site where the message will actually be “handwritten” in an animation. There are lots of special symbols, different colors, font-sizes, word-wrap and much more!
16. Go on a virtual vacation together
You can visit faraway places with your partner without having to be together and without leaving your own homes! Pick the places you’ve always wanted to take a trip to and explore. Here is a great website to get you started! www.360cities.net: all city sites are produced by experienced and dedicated VR photographers around the world who are committed to high professional standards and use the latest VR techniques. Click on any image from their many city site homepages and your browser will open a full, 360-degree panorama visualization of a street scene, museum, neighborhood, restaurant, bar, hotel and more. In the side bar you’ll see a thumbnail list of nearby locations. Start clicking and take a virtual tour through the area.
Another semi-related idea? You can use Google Maps for your virtual vacation as well, but now with Google Maps’ street view function, you can virtually walk down your boyfriend/girlfriend’s street and explore the area where they live. This function isn’t available for all streets and cities though, but you’ll probably most definitely be able to see a satellite view of their home.
Also try out www.earthalbum.com which combines Flickr photos and Google Maps. Just click on any place in the world to view beautiful photos taken there.
17. Surf Web Together
This is something you’ve probably already done if you both have the internet, but here’s a way to make it better. StumbleUpon discovers web sites based on your interests. Whether it’s a web page, photo or video, its personalized recommendation engine learns what you like, and brings you more.
18. More Fun
AddLetters.com has a sign generator with all kinds of images available to choose from (Billboards, restaurant signs, street signs, etc…). You just add the words and a little romantic imagination. And voila! Your image is ready to download and send to your loved one. They also have a Bart Simpson chalkboard generator and a newspaper headline generator.
19. Create a personal crossword puzzle
Here’s a site that will create a pdf file of your crossword so you can email it to your boyfriend/girlfriend: http://www.armoredpenguin.com/crossword/
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