12 unnecessary email mistakes

Unless you’re REALLY, REALLY ANGRY, enough with the all caps. This blunder and 11 more (like the bcc, watch out for that).

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Here are some brief guidelines on how to make sure you are using email appropriately (and effectively). Of course, it’s just a matter of time before all email is called “Google+” (yep, you heard it here first). In the meantime, consider this a roadmap to netiquette, until Facebook falls.

From a recent post on westfallonline.com, here are 12 common email disasters:

1. Thou shalt keep it clean.

No porn, no pictures of your body-business, no sharp language.

Why? Look at the button that says, “Forward.”

You can’t un-ring a bell, so choose your words (and images) carefully.

Always use a subject line, appropriate greeting, and a smart signature—no need for 14 lines about your academic and professional accomplishments if we work together every day.

2. Thou shalt not rant.

Freedom of speech is a right, but exercising it means using it the right way. (Besides, it primarily applies to criticism of the government.) If you disagree with a recent policy announcement, going off in an email is probably not the best way to convey your displeasure.

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