Reply to All

Email has become a part of our life as much as using an ATM machine or having a cell phone.  So, why do people still reply to all?  Perhaps there should be a small book on email etiquette.  Here are some basics.

1 – Don’t fight over email.  If you have issues, pick up the phone or say them face to face.
2 – Humor doesn’t come across so easily in email regardless of a funny face.
3 – Keep email short and sweet.
4 – Most important, don’t reply to all.  This is one of my big pet peeves. 

I get emails for the kids all the time.  School, sports and after school events.  The coach wants to know if your kid will be at the game.  The coach wants to know not all the parents.  People hit reply to all and we get to find out that Johnny loves baseball and will be there.  Frankly, I don’t care.  It just clogs up my box.  Information about a school gift.  Someone replies to all and uses it as a forum for their dismay at something else happening in the school.  Did I ask for that?  No.  The person who sends the email is the person who should be replied to.  Reply is not reply to all.

Email etiquette.  I’d love to hear other people’s email do and don’ts.  Maybe I’ll put a book together "email for dummies".  This is where I would put the little smiley face because that made me laugh, maybe not you but me.