Everyone has sent a hilarious email he/she has received to a friend or a list of friends. Not all of our friends like these types of emails/chain emails. We also refer to them as friendly spam chain emails. Since spam could mean any type of email that someone gets often and is annoying, even from a friend. Besides annoying your friends, there are two critical mistakes everyone does when they forward emails to their friends:
1. They add everyone’s email address in the To: field.
2. They send the email with the body containing everyone who has received and sent that email to their friends (the chain is evident).
An example of your Send To: and the body of an email you might forward to a list of friends:
Send To: Friend22@email.com, Friend23@email.com, Friend24@email.com, Friend25@email.com, Friend26@email.com, Friend27@email.com, Friend28@email.com
Subject: FW: Fwd: Title here
From: Friend1@email.com, xxxx
Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2007 0:01 AM
To: Friend2@email.com, Friend3@email.com, Friend4@email.com, Friend5@email.com, Friend6@email.com, Friend7@email.com, Friend8@email.com
Subject: FW: Title here
Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2007 10:01 PM
To: Friend1@email.com, Friend9@email.com, Friend10@email.com, Friend11@email.com, Friend12@email.com
Subject: Title Here
What happens is that when you select forward everyone who was in the To: list, which you are also part of, is added to the body of the email. You then add to your To: a list of your friends and send what was previously in the To: list. The person who gets the email after passing by 10 friends of friends will end up with lots and lots of emails. We do not need to pass over all our friends’ emails to our other friends.
After you start getting tons of proper spam emails do not wonder why. This happens because someone clever enough has probably taken that list and used it in his/her spam list or has sold it off to spammers.
1. When you want to send an email to more than one person, do not add everyone to the To: field but to the Bcc:. Most of the email services do not require that the To: field is required.
2. When you select forward, edit the body and remove any emails or other information that has been added to it, as it is not required, unless it is part of the theme of the email.
I would like to acknowledge Grigorios Fragkos, for the countless conversations we have had on many topics, one being the annoying chain mails he keeps on getting added to by his and our common friends.