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Dealing and Cleaning up FWDs – Forwarded email

All of us constantly get FWDs in our email inbox practically daily. Have you noticedEmail these emails besides the content? Most forwards (FWDs) that are received give out more information that necessary and also are pretty untidy and cluttered. This only makes the receiver not really pay attention to the FWDs and put it in the ‘read it later’ or ‘delete’ section!

Some tips on how to deal with FWDs before forwarding them on to others:

  • Within the message that you received, delete all the email addresses. Share the message, not the email addresses!
  • Remove any unusual and unnecessary symbols like ‘>’. This can be a little tedious and will require a little patience, depending on the length of the email message.
  • In the subject box, remove all those ‘FWD:’ labels, Eg: FW: Fwd: FW: The Bracelet should be changed to: The Bracelet
  • Send the message to yourself. In the TO: box insert your own email address. This way the FWD message will be sent back to you.
  • Add the email addresses of people you want to forward to: Add these addresses in the BCC: box. This is the Blind Carbon Copy. Each receipient of the forward will only see the TO: (which will be your own email address) and his/her own address as the receiving email. All the rest of the email addresses are hidden.

EmailBoxIf you carry out the above steps before sending out the FWDs, you will send out clean, tidy, pleasing to read email FWDs. More importantly, you will also safeguard email addresses of other people, who really may not wish their email addresses to be advertised to the whole internet world. As these FWDs with the email addresses zoom around the WWW, the email addresses are picked up automatically to send out SPAM messages to.

A few steps worth taking?

Categories: Tips
  1. Rakesh
    July 26, 2007 at 2:36 pm

    This has been a good tip.

    I received a FWD: today (Happiness and Peace waado FWD:) and the sender appears to have followed the tip above. Cleaned the [Subject], tidied up the content, sending it to himself, and BCC; to all others.

    I am sure one by one this will become a habit.

  2. Pracash
    July 26, 2007 at 3:43 pm

    another good entry on this site. it is good that this is written. i get so many fwd messages from friends and family and it is sometimes too difficult and boring to find the message after all the email addresses and jumbled up things.

    this will help your readers a lot.

  3. Rakesh
    July 26, 2007 at 10:39 pm

    @ Pracash:
    Thank you for your appreciation on this entry and also for stopping by [TimePass] and adding your comments.

    Hope to see more comments from you.

  4. Brian
    September 26, 2008 at 7:10 am

    How about just not wasting everyone’s time with these normally sentimental pieces of inanity? hitting FWD is just too easy. If you’d take the time to write the email out in full then maybe its content has merit, otherwise just hit delete.

  1. May 31, 2008 at 1:06 pm

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