When I joined my first company, I was so fascinated by the concept of e-mail. I was all thrilled when i knew that I can pretty much contact anyone in the world, all by sitting in front of my computer. Internet was still emerging. Well, if you are worried that this blog is going to be yet another of mine rant on some technical topic, you are completely mistaken. What else is it about? It is the most widely talked about “Subject”. Yes, it is about what goes in the subject of an email.
When I started off, for some reason, I got hooked onto “Hi!”. Whoever it is, if it was a personal email, it will have a “Hi!” in it. Sometimes, I used to get creative with “Hi!!, Hello, Hi “Name”” etc., But, mostly, it revolved around the same prefix. I found that, it was the same case with most of my friends as well. In fact, having used to writing a lot of letters, I used to begin most of my mails with a “Hope you are doing fine. I am doing great.”, which in today’s world, is a little arcane and redundant info, in my opinion. With official mails, I always found it to be very easy. I have a wide variety of subjects which will exactly convey the meaning like “Issue with your block, Fix needed, Look at the file from my local directory, Status/Weekly Report” and so on.
In order to save my time thinking about what needs to go in the subject, these days, I omit the subject field. Ofcourse, most mail tools will try to make sure if you really want the subject to be blank or not, which is okay. Thinking more about the subject part of the email made me to think about the spam mails that get loaded onto my mailbox these days. When the spams started, it used to have subjects like “New promotion, Urgent! and so on”. If you look at the new spams, most of them have a subject of “hello, hi!, (no subject)” and so on. As much as I resist my temptation to open a mail if the sender is “Aishwarya Rai or Trisha”, if the mail doesnt have a subject, there is always a tendency to atleast open the mail to see what it is about. What if, Aishwarya Rai really wanted to contact me and I dismiss it as a spam mail…:)..