I am reading a book right now called Send by David Shipley and Will Schwalbe. It's a book about e-mail. I know, not everyone's cup of tea.
But they share some lists I thought were significant enough to share.
Seven Reasons to Love E-mail
- Best medium for sharing essential information
- You can reach about anyone.
- It knows no time-zones.
- It provides a searchable record.
- You can craft your message on your own time and own timetable.
- You can preserve pieces/parts of previously sent messages in your new message.
- You can include other information, i.e., attachments.
Eight Deadly Sins of E-mail
- Puts you in jail.
- The one that won't go away (lots of replies).
- Too sarcastic.
- Too casual.
- Too inappropriate.
One issue I have thus far with the book: they write e-mail as email. I got into the habit about 2 years ago of writing e-mail with the hyphen. I prefer it, and somehow, it feels right.
The book is an interesting read for anyone who might live or die by e-mail. They've got good tips for when e-mail isn't such a good idea, and lots of humorous examples.