Don’t forward that email
Reasons You Shouldn’t Forward Me That Email
- I eat puppies, kittens, and other cute animals, and sending me pictures of them only makes me hungry for more.
- I’ve been on the Internet forever and have already seen/heard/smelled whatever you’re sending.
- You’d like me to remain your friend.
- I don’t care if the kid dies from cancer.
- I have a sense of humor and that joke isn’t remotely funny.
- If you forward that message to ten of your friends then a unicorn dies.
- You’ll prove once and for all that I’m smarter than you.
- I am actually hoping to get robbed/mugged/carjacked.
- If I wanted to see pictures of babies, I’d buy an Anne Geddes book.
- If it doesn’t have to do with making my penis bigger then I don’t want it in my Inbox.
- Bill Gates already sent me my free Xbox, $1000, and tickets to Disney. I don’t want to be greedy.
While we are on the subject allow me to provide you with an email that I send out a couple of times a year entitled “SoapBox”, a friendly reminder of what I expect from my friends and colleagues concerning email etiquette.
1. First, check your urban legend, email chain letter, and “this was on the news” emails at a site like www.purportal.com or www.snopes.com to ensure their accuracy before forwarding the email to a 1233 people and wasting their time. Be part of the solution not the problem.
2. Secondly, if you want to share something genuinely funny or touching, please feel free. However, take a moment and remove the “if you are my friend” or “if you love Jesus” then you will reply phrase. It’s a courtesy.
3. Lastly, and most importantly, Use Discretion by utilizing the BCC: field (in lieu of the To: field) to send an email to several different individuals. This field is the “Blind Carbon Copy” field. Entering your recipient’s email addresses into this field and they will still receive the email but it will not list their email address in the header of the email. The next time you get a chain letter look at all the First & Last Names listed, along with email addresses. This exposure of personal info is disconcerting at the very least and can be prevented so easily. Taking this simple step shows that you respect your friend’s privacy and is a common courtesy in this digital age.