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De-Coding Email Signatures

As soon as I saw "What does your email signature say about you?" on lifehacker, I knew I'd be just as entertained as with Yumsugar's Starbucks Oracle. The good news? According to this analysis by Mitch Wagner at Information Week, important people don't bother with e-mail signatures, so I'm guessing my signature - or lack thereof for my personal email - means I'm super cool?! That or I'm just super lazy for not creating one. My work signature is a tad more intricate with contact info and all that jazz, so I may not be a lost cause. Read on to see what yours apparently says about you!

  • Billionaires are most likely to write emails in lower-case and sign it with one-syllable nickname you had in prep school.
  • The longer your e-mail signature, the lower down the food chain you are.
  • Your e-mail signature reflects how powerful you are. For instance, if you were profiled on "60 Minutes," you don't need no e-mail signature.
  • Some people's signatures are way too long. Ex: including name, job title, street mail address, business phone number, three instant message IDs, email, URLs for two sites, and Second Life avatar name.
  • Marketing people have company slogans in their e-mail.

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Hoaxerz Hoaxerz 9 years
My signature lists my two business websites, purely to draw traffic to them. As far as colors and smileys, I am always amused by the emails my little sister sends me, because she always uses every text modification available to her. However, she is only sixteen. I do throw in the occasionally (basic) smiley myself, but only because I'm so sarcastic that sometimes I need to show that I am genuinely happy or excited.
redsugar redsugar 9 years
My company email signatures are set up per company policy, but I only use my first name on personal emails.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
so true Yum! there's a place for smileys and that place is not in a professional letter even if it is directed towards your co-workers! i type in lowercase a lot because i am lazy and pressing shift too often hurts my fingers. i'm not a billionaire. :D
Three-Eyed-Fish Three-Eyed-Fish 9 years
Yum I couldn't agree with you more, nothing screams unprofessional then a multicolored font scheme with any type of smiley unless its a simple text smiley at the end.
Food Food 9 years
does it say anything about color and added smileys? I hope I'm not offending anyone, but anyone who sends me work-related professional emails with a bunch of animated rotfl smileys in their signature automatically gets put into my "to deal with later" folder.
JenBrett JenBrett 9 years
my work signature has to give all my info, personal account doesn't have one. where's my billion?
cyrizzle cyrizzle 9 years
i guess i'm pretty powerful because i don't have a signature....
c0rkie c0rkie 9 years
this is GREAT! lol i'll be sure to shorten mine ^^
LuciLu LuciLu 9 years
hmmm i have name, company name, address, phone #, and email.... i guess the email part is pretty stupid eh? haha
staceyleeroberts staceyleeroberts 9 years
Mine are always short n sweet with usually just initials. I hate when e-mails end with a signature that has a graphic or vcard attached.
br0wneyed9irl00 br0wneyed9irl00 9 years
oh man, i must be destined to be a billionaire. ~carol
steen steen 9 years
Hmm. My work e-mail signature perfectly matches everyone else's, per company policy --- I'm not even kidding --- so I guess it accurately reflects that I work in a sterile corporate environment. :)
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