I want to take a moment to talk to you about something that I’m seeing less and less of as time goes on. It’s something that I shall refer to as “the lack of email etiquette.” This is an idea that I’m borrowing from David Pogue, and one that I’m re-imagining here for you because I want you to know what I’m thinking when I see some emails.First: To “Reply,” or to“Reply All”
When someone sends out an email of congratulations to hundreds of people, there’s no need to share in the joy with everyone. Send your congratulations to the specific people or person it’s directed to. We don’t all need to see 53 emails congratulating Johnny for getting that home run. Yes, I’m happy for Johnny, but I don’t care that you’re happy for him too.
Second: BCC is your friend
BCC stands for Blind Carbon Copy. I know fans of classic rock think that BCC is also Black Country Communion (the awesome new band featuring Glenn Hughes) but it’s also an item in your email that will hide addressees of email blasts. There are tons of emails that I get with nine thousand addressees and I’m developing quite the case of tendonitis trying to scroll through them to get to the body of the message. By the time I get to the email I’m seriously wondering if Sammy Hagar is back in Van Halen! So, when you have a ton of email addressees, please put their names in the BCC area, so the rest of us can get to the actual email faster.Third: No more forwards
What is this? The 90’s? Save those cute cat photos, humorous one liners, and anecdotes for Facebook, please. Forwards should be reserved for serious things.Forth: Thou shalt not use text speak
Please pretend that an email is like a letter you’d be writing home to your mother. Use proper grammar and try your best to remember to hit spell check. I hate opening an email and seeing something that looks like this “Hey! R U going 2 the moovE w us 2mro?”
No, I’m not. I’m going to go to the bookstore so I can buy you a dictionary.