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URLwire for Monday, April 16, 2001
Inspire21 Launches Inspirational E-card Site
Inspire21.com offers free, inspirational ecards, featuring famous quotations, Bible verses and much more, artistically designed with contemporary calligraphy. Best of all, these unique postcards are displayed and seen as soon as recipients open them in their email. You don't have to click a link to retrieve them at the site from which they are sent. For added flexibilty and convenience, ecard deliveries can be postdated up to six years into the future.          http://www.inspire21.com/
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At http://www.inspire21.com/ you can send positive, uplifting, thought- provoking and attitude-adjusting messages to anyone you know with email.
The site is located at http://www.inspire21.com/ . If you like quotations, poems, Bible verses, and the art of calligraphy, you'll enjoy browsing through this site just to see the hundreds of designs. Even if you are not a big fan of sending ecards, you might become a fan. Because many of the quotes are as humorous as others are serious, the quality is unequalled online, and Inspire21's Topic Navigation makes it easy to find the right messages to send.

Why should people try to inspire others?

The answer is purely psychological. According to Psychology Today, by the time a child reaches age 18, the concept of "No, you can't!" has been reinforced 187,000 times, whereas the concept of "Yes, you can!" has been reinforced only about 25 to 30 times. With this in mind, is it any wonder why so many people grow up as failures - or less than successful? Today's society seems to 'program' us this way. Many people simply do not "believe" they can win.

Pete Barkelew, creator of Inspire21 stated, "In 1930, Sir Winston Churchill said, 'It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.' I believe inspiring words encourage people to learn, grow and prosper. So, my goal is to make powerful quotations and verses attractive to the eye, and free and easy to send, so people won't hesitate to help inspire others to be, do and have more in life," he added.

All over the world, online and off, many people proudly display favorite quotes and verses, perhaps the same words which motivate them to achieve their goals. It's time for all of us to do whatever we can to encourage those we care about to pursue their dreams and ambitions. It's never too late!

With free information and graphics in cyberspace today, there has never been an easier or cheaper way to stay in touch with the people we care about. At http://www.inspire21.com/ you can send positive, uplifting, thought-provoking and attitude-adjusting messages to anyone you know with email.
These ecards are obviously more meaningful than most 'cartoon' cards found online.

Inspire21 also offers a free, weekly newsletter which will highlight the newest ecard designs available each week as well as a short inspiring story. Online shopping fans may also enjoy Inspire21's impressive mall - called "Affiliation Station" - with over 370 stores and services. In order for Inspire21 to provide this free content, visitors are asked to support the site by shopping through their affiliation links.

Plans this year include: Flash animated ecards (where the letters script right before your eyes); Private email accounts with "yourname"@inspire21.com - a personal address book will allow you to send ecards to one, many or all checked names - immediately or postdated; a community message board to post
your favorite quotes, verses, poetry, etc.; a special site search engine to help you locate ecards by text, author or subject; classical guitar music to enhance your browsing experience (and hopefully attach with ecards), and more.

If you're interested in emailing ecards, Inspire21.com is a must-see site to visit and bookmark. Although it's virtually new, it looks like it has been online for over a year and it will only get better. With ecards catagorized by Topics (and indexed on every topic page), handy 'Back' and 'Next' arrows, and online shopping divided into 28 departments, Inspire21.com is incredibly easy and fun to navigate.
 

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