I confess that I sometimes dread receiving emails from people I know. Not that I don’t like hearing from them, but it’s the content inside.
Last week I received an email about being careful of Malaysian taxi drivers because they can gas you and then rape you.
Such emails come with their share of horrible grammar, weird fonts and colours, bad formatting, meaningless repetitions and the obligatory WARNING IN CAPS!!!
I got so mad that I prepared this reply:
I really hate to say this, because I might offend someone.
My objective here is only to educate.
I feel that forwarding such stories is irresponsible because
a) There is no credible source
b) It doesn’t make sense (if you stop to think about it)
c) You don’t know if it’s true (it’s probably not)
In some cases, forwarding emails with ‘health tips’ may even be dangerous.
May I suggest that we all take a moment to research stories and stop to think before hitting that forward button.
I also want to beg you to start using bcc if you feel the need to send a mass email that can potentially be forwarded outside the group. Otherwise you are exposing our email addresses to be picked up by spammers.
I didn’t send it, of course. The last time I sent a reply like that, I think I offended that person.
Please don’t get me wrong.
I love getting emails from my friends, even those cute emails of encouragement and friendship.
I just draw the line at spreading rumours.
But… they could be TRUE! It is NOT A LIE! You must BELIEVE IT! Tell you friends, family, neighbours, colleagues, cockroaches and dogs about it!
You may ask me to just press ‘delete’. I’ve done that a thousand times and it doesn’t work.
And don’t get me started on the overuse of icons in MSN. I really can’t interpret what they’re trying to say, and I just say bluntly “Sorry I can’t understand… too many icons”.
Or the Facebook wall posts that say “forward this to see what happens” (nothing can happen).
What irritates you? Chain letters? Offers to transfer money from third world countries? Serial forwarders?
Photo: Paulo Correa