Tag: email

October 22 2009

Q: What is the email etiquette in this situation?
I emailed my colleague who happens to have about 4 different email addresses. I used the one she was using a few months ago……but I have a feeling she doesn’t check that one anymore. I sent the email 2 days ago but I still haven’t gotten a response. Should I email her using her “primary” email account even though she asked a few months ago to use the other one? How long should I wait without sounding annoying/desperate in case she did receive the original email and is just thinking about what to write back.

A: Until everyone in the world realizes that multiple email accounts makes as much sense as multiple physical addresses, you have to work around everyone’s annoying tendency to open a new address at the drop of a hat. I would recommend sending an email to all of her addresses in a single email, that way she can see that you have no idea which one to send it to. If they complain that you sent it to an old address, ignore it and just pay attention to which one they prefer.

Email is so new that most people have no idea what to do in terms of etiquette. Best thing to do is just cover all of your bases.

May 21 2009

I get a lot of spam. Who doesn’t? Fortunately, I have Gmail and less than 0.01% gets through to me. Most of the time I just report it and go about my business. But I happened to read this one and I’ve gotta admit I still don’t know what the hell they want from me. They don’t even have a link that I can click (if I was stupid enough to fall for whatever scam they’re attempting). Can you figure it out?

Dear Sir
Delinquent Account Services.
This is a request from our company for your legal consultation services on behalf of Wong Chow Company Limited. We are based in Hong Kong and our principal activity is manufacturing/producing textile Products, textile manufacturing material, Yarn Products and other knitting cloth Works. Other activities include constructing, provision of investment services. We are presently incapacitated due to international legal boundaries to exert pressure on our delinquent customers in USA, UP North and Europe. We request for your services accordingly.

We got your contact profile through the lawyer’s network and after going through your profile, we are of the convention that you are qualified to provide the legal services we require. Please accept my sincerest appreciation on behalf of Wong Chow Company Limited, in advance for your willingness to render your services to our company.
We wait to hear from you
Amed Fasasi

So my question is, what is the point? Are they just trying to annoy people or do they have some other, more nefarious intention? Either way, it’s amazing to me what worthless crap gets passed along via the internet. And yes, I’m aware of the irony of passing that crap onto you. It’s just that it was so remarkably incomprehensible that I had to share.