Forwarding Emails

To forward? or not to forward?

Trent Armstrong
5-minute read
Episode #59

When is the last time you really tried hard to become the bane of someone's existence? Maybe you're not trying hard enough. Or maybe you have forwarded one too many emails in your time and you have a whole village somewhere with torches at the ready for the next time you send them something someone else sent to you. You just might have to leave town!

Let's Do the Time Warp

Let's back up and take a look at why this angry mob is hunting you. You might have been minding your own little business when an email swooped into your inbox with the most darling picture of a sleepy cat or a deeply inspirational patriotic slide show or even a chance to win a $500 Gap gift card if four of your closest friends read and pass along your new email.

I know you want each of the 400 people in your address book to see the sweet kitty, but that doesn't really mean each and every one of them wants to. I really hate to break it to you, but forwarding emails like that is pretty close to wandering into someone's home or office and laying a day halting story on them every time you see something shiny.

I'm not saying that what you think is important or funny or totally awesome isn't any of those things. I'm only making a point here so you will stop and think before forwarding your next email to the majority of North America or whichever continent you find yourself on.

People love getting emails almost as much as getting handwritten letters. It's a self-esteem boost when I see that someone has taken time out of their busy day to drop me a note, but most of us want that correspondence to mean something. When looked at in this light, blindly forwarding emails starts to appear impersonal and not very polite.

To Forward? or Not To Forward?

So when is a good time to forward emails? How should it be approached? I'm glad you asked!