Ray Tomlison, the man who put the @ in your email died this week and many tributes paid to him. Many people have a love/hate relationship with email. We love the ease with which we can send messages and we hate, nay loathe, seeing our inbox fill up. I had so many thoughts about email that Five Thoughts has extended to ten so there will be a second five thoughts on email next week.
- Sign up to a newsletter using the the first name Sexy, the second name Beast. It really does lift your day when you get an email addressed to “Dear Sexy” or “Dear Sexy Beast” and occasionally from those who don’t know who to work an email list very well, “Dear Beast, Sexy”.
- For persistent emailers, reply asking if you can at least have a date with them as they seem to know you so well.
- If you receive an email, probably a newsletter, you are pretty sure you didn’t sign up for. Unsubscribe. Delete. Forget it. Life’s too short to get angry about it.
- Remember people who email you are only doing what you are doing, trying to earn a living, promoting a cause dear to their hearts or trying to connect with you.
- An empty email inbox may seem like a great achievement but is it? Climbing a mountain is an achievement, battling with a chronic illness is an achievement, staring at an empty inbox may be pleasurable but it’s really just a tick off you to do list. You will be very disappointed if your inbox is empty tomorrow. Boasting about the size of your inbox is not big or clever.The fullness of your inbox is not a sign of your inherent popularity, just of how widespread your email address is.
Five more thoughts on email next week.
By the way I hate spam as much as the next person.