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I would like to state up front that by posting this, I have doomed myself to making some kind of horrible, embarrassing email mistake in the near future, because karma is a raging bitch with PMS.
Now that that’s taken care of…
I’m guessing that most of you know how to use email. You know what goes into the “To” box and the “Subject” box and luckily for you, the “From” box is usually filled out for you (what a time saver!).
But for some people, when they want to write to more than one person, things get tricky.
Yesterday I got an email from someone I didn’t recognize, saying she was leaving a company I’ve never worked with. I archived it and didn’t give it another thought.
Earlier today, a bunch of emails came in replying to her, wishing her well, this person I don’t know.
Ah yes, there it was: HUNDREDS of names in the “To” box, plus another dozen or so in the “CC” box.
Now, for those of you who are too young to remember typewriters, “CC” stands for “Carbon Copy.” If you wanted to make TWO of the thing you were typing at the same time, you put carbon paper between two sheets of typing paper and voilà, an original and a carbon copy. Isn’t it cute that whoever designed email used that anachronistic term for sending out copies to more than one person?
There’s also a “BCC” box, for “Blind Carbon Copy.” This is for those times when you don’t want other people to see everybody’s email address, like, oh, I don’t know, when you send an email to every single person in your address book.
More emails rolled in, asking people to please not hit “Reply all” when writing back to the original sender. And then a bunch of Mensa candidates wrote in asking to be removed from the list, as if it were a newsletter, and OF COURSE they all hit “Reply all” as well.
And then there were more emails asking people not to keep replying to everybody, and then other people asking everybody to just stop writing, period, and the madness would stop.
It hasn’t stopped.
At this point it’s more entertaining than annoying, but just barely.
And this happens fairly frequently. The funniest part is, it’s usually someone who works in PR, who should know better. But hey, I love seeing who else has been invited to the same event I have, especially when I’m being told that it’s “exclusive” and yet there are two hundred other bloggers on the invite list with me.
So now, I have hundreds of email addresses that I could do whatever I wanted to with. It’s a good thing for those people that I’m not an asshole. But maybe some of them are, and they have my email address now too.
Find the “BCC” box, and use it. Don’t be an idiot. Email isn’t new.