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Tuesday, October 26, 2004

HBS Working Knowledge: The Leadership Workshop: Tips for Mastering E-mail Overload 

HBS Working Knowledge: The Leadership Workshop: Tips for Mastering E-mail Overload
A nice article and a suggestion set for better Email etiquette. The suggestions given are pratical and would go a long way in atleast making some real sense in this age of information overload. On introspecting further, it is apparent that we get loaded with numerous mails everyday that need not necessarily be of any use to us, but merely to keep it going... can this too be called Spam. I have a bunch of friends, who keep sending Good-Morning mails...imagine a mail with nothing but pictures of some kid with a flower telling Good Morning....I personally feel this sort of mail is unnecessary and can be considered spamming, but then these are mails from my friends, and I cant classify them as spamsters. How can I possibly tell them not to send a harmless greeting card, as a token of friendship and affection. I value their friendship, but does that mean that I need to take on silly mails daily. I keep getting these sort of mails atleast five in a day and now-a-days, without even opening them, I know what would be in there for me.. I dont like this, but I cant tell them even, least they would take it as an offence,that I am insensitive to them.. this is all the more important because, we dont see physically each other and all our correspondence is through e-mails. I also feel that the basic purpose of email has lost its significance with the advent of these sort of mails and the spams..well the spams(real) are an altogether different issue. There are mails luring me to increase my size to attract women, to mails that shout from the roof top that their bank gives me home loan for virtually free, and wit a little bargain I can even get some money from the bank to take a loan...a credit card that would give me freedom to use it anywhere in the world...heck..i havent crossed further north of Mumbai... a south american or an african lady with huge wealth asking my favour to transfer her father's money to her name, and luring me to riches I can only see in Pictures of erstwhile Vittalachaariya.....Free from Spam has been the main reason for me to go for my second yahoo id in as many years...but god(rather the omnipotent spamster with the help of Bill Gates- with his wonderful software) has been less than kind...The Best Indian Business School Blog


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