E-mail and proper communication

Many of you that know me really well know how much I dislike e-mail as a discussion forum. Although the speed of e-mail makes its instant communication seem almost as fast as speech, it’s written and contains information about a specific topic. Professionals need to spend time reviewing e-mail messages in order to make sure that its clear and concise. However, this usually doesn’t seem to apply to e-mail from friends. That really bugs me, because I consider e-mail a written forum, not a form of discussion. I’m not likely to read a message that has no attempts at proper grammar and punctuation. I found the following article on Microsoft’s web page that seems to hit the mark. Although it’s written for managers, I think it should apply to everyone. Click here to see the Microsoft article.

And since I’m on the subject, I also dislike when people spend a lot of time speaking on cell phones when you’re with them. I’ll admit that I’ve done this a couple of times, but I also try to limit the calls to a minimum. Anyway, here’s another Microsoft article on the subject.

Since I’m ranting, I’ll also get into the AOL CDs that I keep getting in the mail. I don’t want them, I want nothing to do with AOL, and I will never install it on my PC. If it were a choice between using AOL and never having Internet access anymore, I can live without the Internet. Anyway, click here to see a group that’s addressing the issue (I learned about this on TechLive).

Finally, I’ve updated My Scrapbook to include my nephew in the title. In the meantime, I’m still working on ideas for my new web site. Since this site is a continuing work in progress, it will be a while before it’s available.