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2009-03-24

Before you forward

Have you ever felt tempted to forward an email to everyone in your contact list?
OR to just your best 20 or so friends?

Before you mass-forward email consider this:
They might each be suitably impressed and forward that email to their hundreds of friends.

Remember the game where you placed a grain of sand on the first square of a chess board and doubled the number in each square after that?
If you don't then try it and see what happens.

With that email is not just a case of doubling, it may be multiplied by 20 or a hundred at each step.

That email you are about to forward has as its main purpose getting you to forward it!

I expect that there are systemic ways that it can be prevented from bringing the internet to a halt. But the main way that you can contribute is to not forward it.

You may know employees that have a little more time on their hands at the moment, so this may happen more often than when they were busy.

To immunise yourself against the temptation to mass-forward email visit:
http://www.hoax-slayer.com/
The people on that site have seen it all before..

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