I recently received an email from a friend
Tim’s a great friend, but I was sorry to have to tell him that he had transgressed one of the 10 commandments of email:
Thou shalt not send emails exposing email addresses of many of thy friends in the to: line.
Using email to ask your friends to find you business is a fine thing. And if I know anyone in Yorkshire who wants a new kitchen with an Aga, I will definitely tell them to call Tim. But it is not ok to expose your friends’ email addresses. Somebody might forward that email to a scammer. Frankly, if you email like that, you look naïve.
Whether you’re forwarding a joke or sending a business email, address that email to yourself, and put all your friends in the bcc: line. Your friends will thank you.
Happy new year,