One of my favorite Oracle Bloggers, Floyd Teter often uses Rock Lyrics quotes to open his posts. I’ve blogged before about email management (26,138 Emails in My Inbox (and I feel fine) using a play on an REM song, but I thought I’d be a little more upscale today and go with Shakespear.
I decided to write this post in response to a post on the Talented Apps blog, by Sri Subramanian discussing how we process lots of information from feeds, twitter and emails and mentioning that adding people to the cc: on an email is ok as long as the subject is good so they can filter. I disagree. There is a very big difference between email and feeds (RSS, twitter, facebook feed, blogs etc), one is like me going to a bookstore and browsing and the other is like junk mail, let’s compare the two.
Junk mail – somebody gets my address and specifically sends a message to me and it is delivered right to my door and I have to look at it and chuck into the recycle bin that I keep close to where I pick up my mail. If I don’t like something I’m sent, I cannot easily stop them sending more.
Bookstore – I look around for a bookstore I like the look of and I go in and navigate to the sections of interest and look around maybe thumb through a few, maybe buy some and read them fully, or not. I decide when I leave and if I go back there again.
In summary the difference is that email (or junk snail mail) is not on my terms. I opt in to feeds (or bookstores) and I can opt out whenever I like, but email I have no choice it comes to my inbox and I have to deal with it. I can set up filters, but that is error prone because I may filter something that I need and miss it.
I love feeds and information flowing from them are great, because it is on my terms but I think people sending emails have some responsibility to attempt to cc: only people that need to know.
What’s your opinion on the topic, is it ok to cc: everyone on your mail, just in case they are interested? Let me know in the comments section.
photo credit: StreetAlbum
[The RISA mentioned in the photo is a company that paints over graffiti – some say it is cleaning up, some say it is destroying street art]