Sunday, May 21, 2006


Thanks to 43folders creator Merlin Mann for this (from here):

Hi. The person who sent you this link is a friend who likes you a lot but wants you to respect their email address, their privacy, and their time.

Chances are, this person asked you to visit this page because you did one of these things:

  • Forwarded a funny story, a virus warning, or a photo that you enjoyed
  • Sent email to lots of people in the “To:” line (instead of the “BCC:” line), exposing your friend's email address to strangers
  • CC’d your friend unnecessarily on something you had sent to someone else
In any case, you might want to go back and have another look at the email they’re replying to. They asked you to visit here because, while they love getting one-on-one, personal messages from you, they really don’t want to receive more messages like the one you just sent. Cool?

You’re not a bad person, and no one hates you, but it would be valuable to learn the very personal preferences of your friends, family members, and co-workers before including them in unrequested email or choosing to expose their private address to people they don’t know.

Thanks for understanding, and if the same thing ever happens to you, feel free to reply to an email you don’t want by pasting this in:
Hi there, beloved friend of this email recipient:

Please visit

Because this person likes getting personal messages from you, but doesn’t want any more email like this, please.

Love, is a free service from your friends at 43 Folders, and is provided in the hope it will be useful, but it is offered on an as-is basis and without any warranty; without even the implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

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