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the saga of forwarded emails and moi | October 15, 2009

They seem to annoy me!!! Why?

1. I don’t like large attachments, unless I requested you to send me something. I feel bad for the poor electron running around with such a large load.

2. I am not interested in seeing the video of some trick performed by some tike some place I don’t know. Send me a link, I don’t want to download the damn video! Yes, people send videos in emails!

3. I don’t want to write down my name in some excel file with countless other self-proclaimed geniuses because I could solve a puzzle that contained the password to that excel file.

4. I think it is a waste of my time. Yes, I know I can hit the delete button and trust me I do.

5. So many myths are circulated via these forwards, that I feel obliged to dispel it and I exhaust myself. In marathi, “tondala phes aala bolun”, meaning, I am tired of saying the same thing over and over.

6. It irks me when people use company email to send me forwards. I shudder to think what all is circulated on the company’s network that does not make it to me. No wonder, social networking sites are banned in Asian countries. The line between work and personal stuff is blurred, or probably doesn’t exist.

To sum up, this video says what I want to say 😀


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  1. I’m so glad I’ve not kept you on my mailing list else you would’ve banned me;-)))LOL
    I’m personally ok with them – I prefer the delete option and sometimes some of them do put a much needed smile on the face

    Comment by Minal — October 21, 2009 @ 11:24 am

    • Minal, hahaha, I am quite surprised at the amount of forwards I get, most of the time from a single person. It is like 5-7 emails a day. Most of them are videos or some pictures of far off places. Yes, some do put a smile on my face and I do forward some of them along as well. But my forwarding frequency is limited to 1-2 mails a month or less because to be honest, thats all I find worth forwarding. If I needed a quote of the day, I would subscribe to it? won’t I? Why do you have to forward it to me?

      I think its definitely a personal choice and I am very choosy about that. I guess I missed the cell phone/sms boom in India and lost out on that part of forwarding culture which maybe why I think differently. Am I old? or did I leave India just about when the gen Y or gen Z was starting to bloom?

      Comment by poonamtalkies — October 21, 2009 @ 2:06 pm

  2. I agree with you – where everything and anything has to be forwarded! I too am picky about what I forward.

    You are not old, we are just not in sync with Generation Next:-)and I think that is okay:-)

    Comment by Minal — October 22, 2009 @ 6:20 am

  3. You are tagged here:

    Comment by Minal — October 24, 2009 @ 5:39 pm

  4. I m specially annoyed with mail with the footer send this so n no of people within so n so mins and you will be lucky bla bla bla.

    Comment by Ankita — November 4, 2009 @ 5:38 pm

    • I agree Ankita. I don’t see how people can believe in such things. I was always taught to work for what I want to achieve. yes, some amount of luck is needed in most things you do, but such emails hardly make a dent in your luck 😀 I promptly hit the delete button and I haven’t had any of the misfortune they say will befall me if I don’t forward it to people 😀

      Comment by poonamtalkies — November 4, 2009 @ 5:48 pm

  5. Hello,
    Did you notice my new blog: http://forwardability.blogspot.com/– all about the fun, fuss, and fury of the forwarded emails.

    Will appreciate your comments.

    Wish you and your family season greetings, happy holidays, happy Hanukkah, merry Christmas, Winter Solstice, Muharram, and a very happy and prosperous new year!!

    Comment by MT — December 31, 2009 @ 2:21 am

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