Learning to network

November 16, 2006

Who are you actually Replying to?

Filed under: Privacy, Publishing — Arthur M. Gallagher @ 3:44 pm

Darn it! I have just been caught out by an interesting “feature” of yahoo groups (and maybe other mail-lists too).

I wanted to send a reply to a post, let the person know how much I valued the information they posted. I pressed the Reply button – not Reply to All -because it was only intended for the original poster. Unfortunately the Yahoo group email shows the senders address in the From field, but under the covers it is marked with a “Reply To” address for the group. Inadvertently, then, my “personal” message went out to the whole group!

And, what’s worse is that I had included a link to my blog in the mail. So now I’m going to look like all those other “look at me, aren’t I wonderful!” attention-seeking networkers that I dislike filling my inbox. So much for lurking discretely until I have worked on my self-marketing!

Up to now I had only learnt to be careful in reviewing my blog posts, before hitting the publish button. Now, however, it seems I should be far more circumspect when replying to group email posts. Lets just hope I learnt from this mistake. In my mind its an even bigger slip-up than forgetting to attach the file you mention before hitting Send.


  1. I saw that message and didn’t think anything bad about it – I thought it was a good message, and posting your blog was appropriate. I’d be surprised if anyone was “offended.”

    But its a good lesson to learn :p I usually hit reply, and then copy and paste the sender’s e-mail to keep it off-list. Can get tricky and I frequently wonder if I goofed up.

    – jason

    Comment by Jason Alba — November 16, 2006 @ 4:27 pm

  2. Thanks for your words of encouragement, Jason. Its difficult to know where to draw the line, so the feedback really helps me.

    Comment by artemgy — November 17, 2006 @ 2:26 am

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