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Where Do You Stand? Forwarding Emails

Email seems to be the most popular mode of communication these days. And when you're trying to plan something or relay a message, it's sometimes easier to just forward someone's email instead of retyping it, but that could easily lead to trouble. Since the Internet has a life of its own, you can never be too careful with your personal conversations or private information. So where do you stand when it comes to forwarding emails without permission? Is it something you do without thinking twice? Have you done it before and had it blow up in your face? Or has someone forwarded an email of yours that wasn't meant for anyone else's eyes?


ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well i've been witness to issues that have come from this so if i feel the need to fwd something, more often than not i'll just copy what i want to share and then send it in a new email that way i can tailor it to my needs.
LoveSarah LoveSarah 8 years
Ugh, I hate chain emails. I honestly don't use my email as a way to contact friends. I either text message, or send them a message on myspace. Or well, I just call them also.
nicky360 nicky360 8 years
If something is interesting I may forward it to one or two people I think will like it. However, I seldom forward any emails, especially those hideous chain things. What's even worse it that people are now sending them via text messages, so they are really hard to ignore. I remember during the last election I got so many political emails that I replied to everyone in my address book to stop sending me garbage emails and that blew up in my face because so many people took offense. Now I just delete them.
bluesteyes bluesteyes 8 years
And by the way email is probably the very worst thing to do when you're in a rush. I would not send emails if I'm not sure about something. Sometimes I take three days to reply because it doesn't need to be replied immediately. It's always good to keep people waiting for a bit, if you're running a business like me, don't reply as it's coming in!
bluesteyes bluesteyes 8 years
People have forwarded emails to me before and I find it to be unprofessional.. I think before you send anything off you should look and double check. My rule is never be too honest in emails. Unless it's your family (not even friends sorry). I think people have used it against other people before. It's a very tricky one and most people don't realize this
Anniina Anniina 8 years
I don't forward.. I do get a lot of forwards. I forward when something is really worth watching. forward forward forward I got stuck saying that. :D
DarlingDA DarlingDA 8 years
Ugh, I meant to forward an email at work to my boss, but instead hit reply, and while it wasn't anything offensive or rude, I'm sure the client could read between the lines and see my frustration with him. I felt so bad, even though it wasn't a big deal and my boss just laughed.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
my aunt forwards all kinds of emails, even if what you've said to her is obviously between the two of you and she isn't shy about it. i'll tell her something, she'll send it to my uncle, and then forward his response back to's insane! i don't really ever get into trouble doing this. work related stuff is known to be forwarded and you shouldn't put anything in an email you would be embarassed to have get out, so i don't worry about it
cravinsugar cravinsugar 8 years
I get a TON of those junk emails from 2 or 3 people. I personalyl only forward things I like, like cute pics of animals, etc, because i know the people I send them to will really enjoy them. although, there have been a few emails at work that have been forwarded around of things that shouldn't have been put into a work email and sent to anyone...I am a little ashamed to have been a part of it, and haven't done it since
RustyAngel73 RustyAngel73 8 years
i generally don't forward emails..if i want to show someone a private email, i'll show them in person, read it over the phone or copy/paste it in an instant messenger service.
Vaadsfweytes Vaadsfweytes 8 years
I have never had a problem with forwarding. However, when I was a teen, I wrote a steamy email to my then boyfriend. I accidentally added my teacher's address and received a confused reply from my teacher. Thankfully, she was an understanding person, but I felt embarrassed about it for months.
candace87 candace87 8 years
I hate those chain e-mails! So annoying! But no, I've never forwarded a personal e-mail. That just doesn't seem right.
babysoftpink babysoftpink 8 years
I also find it very annoying to receive emails that says "forward this email to 10-20 people in 3 min, or else you will have bad luck for the rest of your life." I felt 1) I don't need someone to send me threatening messages. 2) I don't like to be threatened and coerced into massive marketing or creating junk mails for my friend and 3) I find it silly behind the concept of a chain mail. However, my best friend from junior high likes to send these emails. I could not erase her from my life but have told her not to copy me on those emails. The situation improved and we are still friends to this date. :)
kythera kythera 8 years
I never have forwarded emails. As a teen, I saw a lot of emails that were forwarded 10-20 times, as chain mail. I never participated in that and never will. I have deleted people because of this. I wouldn't take it that far though, all you have is their email...not the i.p. address (which in the wrong hands can be a very bad thing).
Mesayme Mesayme 8 years
It is always a god habit to play it safe and not put anything in writing that may come back to haunt you. ...I agree and take it a step farther. I don't say anything, even here that I wouldn't say directly to that person's face; if they asked of course. It's just a good way to stay out of mental conflict.
Mesayme Mesayme 8 years
I don't forward emails unless they ask me to. I think that's like having a person in the closet listening to a private conversation. It's dishonest.
babysoftpink babysoftpink 8 years
hmm... I have not really gotten into trouble before and I don't forward messages that are addressed to one or two people. I usually forward only those those invites that are addressed to 20 plus people. I would assume that they would include a message at the bottom if they don't want this to be forwarded. Or on the contrary, there would be a sentence stating "Feel free to forward this message to others if I have missed anyone." If there are things that are confidential or secretive that are supposed to be shared with only a few friends in the inner circle, perhaps you can say those when you are meeting them in person. As you know, emails are monitored by the server technician, the company that issues you the address and sometimes even by the government (even though we don't want to believe this) but I believe Google has complied with foreign governments to release user info of those suspected of civil offenses. It is always a god habit to play it safe and not put anything in writing that may come back to haunt you. :)
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