Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/175530/htg-explains-what-bcc-is-and-why-youre-a-terrible-person-if-you-dont-use-it-correctly-or-at-all/
Few amenities in the modern digital workflow are so widely available but so widely ignored (or outright abused) as the the email BCC function. If you’re guilty of misusing or neglecting its power (and there’s a good chance you are) it’s time to repent and, in the process, cut down on spam and protect the privacy of your friends and family.
Using email once a month, and that too for one email at a time - that doesn't make me a terrible person, right?
Okay, I understand the concept of having personal and/or work e-mails shared across the country with people who have no idea who I am; it happens quite frequently.
Here's my dilemma: Say I want to BBC a group of people because of proper e-mail etiquette and the person to whom the e-mail is addressed and sent to has no idea that an entire group of people received the same e-mail with the same information. Couldn't that be misconstrued as some type of plot to avenge a problem occurring at work.
Example: I send an e-mail to my boss, and I think the e-mail should go to all employees and a rather large number of customers who will want to know that a certain decison has been made that could adversly affect their accounts. If my boss receives the e-mail, he won't see the BBC list of people; he won't know that 100 other people were e-mailed until someone clicks Reply All? Or someone asks him about the situation. Won't the boss see this as a negative and question my motives for keeping a "secret"? Wouldn't my loyalty to the company be questioned. How would I make sure the boss is aware that the e-mail was sent to the 100 most important investors? Other than mentioning the fact in the e-mail?
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