Email Etiquette

@Swtrose (3399)
Canada
May 21, 2007 6:09pm CST
When you send your friends an email showing all email in the to: or CC line and those people forward that email to their address book of friends, you are invading people's privacy. I do not believe for one moment that any of us would hand out our friends home address or phone number to people that we don’t know, so why give our their email address? When you send an email to multiple people do you use the BCC send field?
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22 responses
• United States
22 May 07
I don't actually initiate too many emails and when I do I usually only send it to one person so I don't worry about it. I don't forward any emails forwarded to me, jokes, stories, etc.. Now at work I have used the BCC send field when sending things out, but that doesn't happen often.
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@4cuteboys (4103)
• United States
21 May 07
I do, but only when it's like the principal and teacher at my kids school, that way they know I sent it to each of them and they already know their email addresses so it's okay. I try to make sure I don't do that when emailing friends or family just because I don't feel it's right. The exception is when I email my mom, dad and brother at the same time. They all talk over email and don't have a problem with it.
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@PsychoDude (2018)
• Netherlands
21 May 07
I usually only send out mail to multiple people when it's within a certain group, like in example my study group. So just all in the TO field since that makes it a lot easier to reply back to all for them at once as well, and we all pretty much have each others mail addresses already anyways. When it occurs that I have to mail multiple others like that I use the BCC field, but that like hardly ever happens.
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@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
21 May 07
You have a good point there Swtrose. I never looked at it that way. If I am sending an email to multiple recipients I use the To: and or CC: if its full. Only once I have ever used the BC: field when I was responding to an email and wanted my husband to get a copy without the recipient knowing.
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@Swtrose (3399)
• Canada
21 May 07
When you forward an email to tn people that has 200 emails in the two field and your friend forwards it on to 300 of their friends. You now have an email with 510 emails and within that email is ten of your friends private email address. So now 510 people you didn't know have your email address.
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@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
21 May 07
So true. I'll know not to do that from now on, I don't want 510 strangers knowing my email address. Thanks for the comment.
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@patgalca (13962)
• Orangeville, Ontario
22 May 07
It also invites spam and could even cause computer security issues. If you receive an email from someone who has included a bunch of people in the "to" or "cc" panel, when you forward it be sure to highlight and delete all emails in the text of the email from your friend, and their friend, and their friend's friend... as many times as the email has been sent on. Send the email to yourself and bcc everyone else. Unless you are all part of a group who know each other's email addresses anyway, there is no reason to make everyone's email addresses public.
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@crazynurse (7510)
• United States
22 May 07
You bring up such a good point! I have an old friend who lives in another state. She is forever sending me little tidbits via email. On those emails is the email addys of all of her friends....forwarded to me! If I then forward it to all of my friends....well you get the picture! What I do, if I desire to forward her emails to my friends, I first copy just the body of the email into a new email and only send to one of my friends, then all my others are in the BCC part!
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• United States
22 May 07
I have a think about not wanting anyone to give my email adress out so I don't give other's out either. I BCC everyone, on my email I don't have to put an email address in the "to" line. On the one that I have to I always put my own in there. Granted I get an extra email to delete but I know my friend's emails are safe.
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• United States
21 May 07
No, I don't use the BCC send field when I send an e-mail to multiple people. Instead I use the TO field. I send an e-mail to each one individually. I know that it takes longer to do that way but that's how I do mine. I guess that I never thought of using the BCC field or CC field. I just want to make sure that the other people don't see someone else's e-mail address. Noreen Ann Jenkins
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• Canada
21 May 07
I usually send it to myself or a group, and BCC everyone else, unless it's a small group where we are all friends with eachother, then I leave the addresses in the TO field so my friends don't keep forwarding the same e-mail to eachother, and so they don't receive it 500 times themselves.
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@webeishere (36377)
• United States
22 May 07
amen!! So many people do not use the BCC when sending emails. I don't need to know whom and what businesses have recieved the same email. Some of these addresses even have a snail mail address on them. I use BCC when sending the same mail to multiple accouints. I don't like my name and address spread all over and feel others don't so I respect. I also copy the emails instead of forwarding them. Nothing worse than a great email and I have to scroll forever to get to the meat of the email. Thanks this is one of my big pet peeves. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@Swtrose (3399)
• Canada
22 May 07
A couple of times I replied all and when they start mouthing off at me, I say blame your friend who did not use common sense.
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@fpd1955 (2075)
• United States
22 May 07
I always use the BCC when I send out emails to multiple recipients. I only wish I would get the same courtesy when they send me emails. I have told a few of them more than once that I don't like the fact that my email address shows up in an email sent to someone strange to me. Not only do they forward me hundreds of email addresses, hundreds of people can see mine. It kind of ticks me off. PEACE
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@fpd1955 (2075)
• United States
4 Aug 07
Ty swtrose for best response. I appreciate it. PEACE
@naty1941 (2336)
• United States
22 May 07
Thanks, I really never thought about it. In the future I will definitely use BCC.
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@twoey68 (13662)
• United States
22 May 07
When I first got online I didn't know about this but as soon as I found out I started using it. Now I use it all the time. LIVE IN PEACE
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@mimpi1911 (25455)
• India
22 May 07
this is a very apt post , i must say. only recently, i got an some e-mail from someone who wanted to promote some products of his own. (itfelt terrible but that some other issue altogether) and when i asked him where did he get my e-mail ID from, he said that he got it from some forwarded stuff!! this mazed me, as i didnot think it in that perspective. so, now whenever i send any forwarded e-mail i make sure to elete the forwarded messages and only send the common group at one time. thanx.
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• United States
22 May 07
i hate when people do that with my email address. i've had my email end up in the hands of people i didn't want having it,or people i don't know,by "well meaning" friends who send jokes. i could use BCC,but i prefer to send individual emails.
• Canada
22 May 07
I will send a multiple email but will not cc anyone on it and if i reply or forward it i remove everyoens addy nothing worse than having line adn lines of addies for a 3 lien message or joke. the only tiem i cc or bcc is at work when my supervisor is singling me or a co worker out think they have the right ot knwo what is going on.
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@g_aileen09 (1354)
• Philippines
22 May 07
I don't think there is privacy at all in the cyberworld. They may get your email address, but nobody could open your mails unless you give them your password. At least, it is only thru emails that others whom you don't know could reach you... and not in your own homes.
@Swtrose (3399)
• Canada
22 May 07
Hello? An email is private!
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• Philippines
23 May 07
if you say so... well i hope you maintain your privacy then.
• United States
22 May 07
It depends. Sometimes, it is a group of friends in which EVERYONE in question know each other, & yeah - email addresses too. If your friends don't know each other, then it's best to email it to yourself & fill in the recipients' email addresses in the BCC field. At my workplace we know each other's email addresses by heart, but then, the only difference in the email addresses is what is on the left of the @ symbol. All in all, it is usually a judgement call, depending on who is who.
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@Swtrose (3399)
• Canada
22 May 07
Yeah, you may know everyone, but what happens when someone forwards the email you sent on to 100 people you don't know?
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@kelly60 (4550)
• United States
22 May 07
I do not often send out emails to multiple people at once, but when I do, I use the BCC field in most cases. I do not like my email address sent around, so I extend the same courtesy to others. I constantly am forwarded emails from a couple of my friends and it really bothers me because there are dozens, if not hundreds of email addresses listed in these emails for everyone to see. Mine is often listed from times when someone on the list has previously forwarded this same email to me. All it takes is one person to get a hold of this email and decide to use this email list for spam and you might as well expect your email box to fill up with junk mail. I have had it happen before, and I expect it to happen again.
@fengbo (731)
• China
22 May 07
I don't use the BBC when i send an email to mulitiple people.always i send mail by group.i come from china,i usually suing the QQ when i want to talk with others.it's better convenience to send mail.
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