I Don’t Forward Emails

I never forward email messages to other folks on my contacts list.

I receive at least one message a day with admonitions to pass it on to others. Some messages I’m urged to pass on promise 10 blessings within the hour.  Some promise that if I forward the message to 25 of my friends I will receive untold riches in my mailbox within seven days.

Some messages I receive are very tender stories that tug at my heart-strings and bring tears to my eyes, always with a sincere plea to share this blessing with others.  I don’t.

Now before you label me as cruel, heartless or lazy I have good reason for not forwarding email messages forwarded to me.  Several computers ago I received an email someone encouraged me to forward.  The email contained a virus that ate my hard drive for lunch.  An IT friend I worked with told me that forwarded emails were easy prey for viruses. That was enough for me.  No email message is worth the cost of a new computer or costly repairs.

If I consider an email message worth sharing with my friends I copy the test from the forwarded email and paste it into a new email message and send it out as an original message from me.  I don’t include the part about forwarding the message to others.

Another thing I do when I’m sending a message to multiple recipients is enter the recipients’ names in the BCC (Blind Carbon Copy) window instead of the TO: window.  That way the recipients don’t get a message with a bazillion names in the TO: window they have to scroll through to see my message.  I simply put a single name in the TO: window (usually my Uncle John). The message appears at the top of the email and none of the recipients know who the other recipients are.

So, if you’re planning to send me an email you are forwarding, don’t ask me to forward it or ploy me with pleas to share it.  I won’t. If, and that’s a big “if” I decide it’s worth sharing with my friends, I’ll copy it and send it out as an original email  from me. If the message has copyright considerations I will include those, of course. I like to give credit where credit is due.

Thanks, and have a blessed and Merry Christmas!


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