Always BCC (Blind Carbon Copy)

Don’t let this be you…

The guy who accidentally emailed 40,000 people…
The 19-year-old business administration student became an overnight sensation after he accidentally “replied all” to a mailing list which included nearly 40,000 of his fellow NYU students. All he meant to do was ask his mom a question. More>>

When sending to large email groups (pastors, elders, ministry teams etc), make sure to use your emails BCC “Blind Carbon Copy” feature.

Blind Carbon Copy…
According to Wikipedia “In the context of correspondence, blind carbon copy (abbreviated Bcc:) refers to the practice of sending a message to multiple recipients in a way that conceals the fact that there may be additional addresses from the complete list of recipients. This concept originally applied to paper correspondence and now also applies to email.”

According to me: It may be the number 1 email etiquette breaker of all time. Friends don’t let friends CC to large groups.

Not only is it unprofessional looking when someone see 100 emails right below yours, it violates privacy etiquette (because you can see the email addresses) and you automatically avoid the back and forth “reply all” bantering that has a tendency to happen every now and again.

You can still let everyone know who is getting the email by clarifying in your salutation. (i.e., All Staff, Ministry Assistants, Pastors, etc)

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