We're all learning how to deal with each other electronically; developing etiquette for the electronic age. I don't want to come off like one of those tight lipped Victorian matrons who sneered at people using the wrong fork here, but if I do, well I guess I'm ok with that.
What's got me ranting this morning are group emails.
If you want to send emails to a lot of people you have to select the names from your address book and add them individually. Don't just send to everyone in your address book. Chances are you have me in your address book because you queried me and I said no. That doesn't mean we're friends. Sorry, but true.
If I get a mass email from someone I don't know, I not only delete it, I mark it as junk. That way I'll never see another email from you again.
I've gotten even more fierce lately and started creating mail rules in my email management program. This allows me to divert specific email addresses to the deleted file. I can't mark email addresses from gmail or hotmail as junk without losing ALL incoming mail from gmail or hotmail. A mail rule lets me do that now. And I am.
Email management is a BIG issue with me as I wrangle 200-300 incoming emails A DAY. If 10% of that is crapola, and it is, I'm strongly motivated to make sure I only have to look at it once.
No political essays.
No e-newsletters I haven't subscribed to.
No commentary on the publishing industry.
NOTHING you send to more than just me.
If you have something you think a lot of people should see, put it on your blog. Chances are if I know you and I'm interested in what you have to say I subscribe to your blog through Google Reader and I'll see it.
I'm going to be ruthless about this in the coming year.
Just a word to the wise.