Email Etiquette

The majority of people who are connected to the Internet do not have broadband or high-speed access. In other words, their Internet connections are slow and often unreliable. But even for those who have the highest speed connections, large image files still can be problematic. So, a new etiquette has evolved regarding sending photos to friends, family, and associates.

■ Photos sent via email should never be larger than a few hundred kilobytes unless you have checked with the recipient first.

■ No photo should be sent via email without first getting permission from the recipient. In addition to being respectful, it is acknowledging the current realities regarding emailed computer viruses. You should treat any file attached to an email memo as automatically suspect, that it's malicious and potentially contains a virus orworm, even if the sender's address appears to be from a friend. Therefore, if you don't notify the recipient before sending a photo, you risk having it being deleted out of hand, as part of their ortheir server's routine security. It's so easy to first send an email mentioning thatyou wish to transmit a picture and asking if they would like to receive it.

Just because a friend, relative, or associate expressed interest in seeing one photo doesn't mean that he or she wants to see your other pictures on an ongoing basis.

As with all rules of etiquette, this is all based on common sense and courtesy. Just think before you attach a picture to an email. Does the recipient have a burning interest in seeing this photo? Has she told me she wants to see it? Will it slow down his system or otherwise cause any inconvenience?

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