Remember the NYU snafu in which one of their sophomores accidentally hit reply all to almost 40,000 students asking them to complete a tax form?
Well, if there’s anything we can learn from the error as we look back at the last 12 months, it’s one way to avoid personal embarrassment.
Nathan Zeldes, founder of the Information Overload Research Group, told The Wall Street Journal, “That button is responsible for more pain and suffering, except for the red button that launches the nukes.”
Looking to avoid a “replyallcalypse” situation? Disable the “reply to all” button. As pointed out in the piece, some companies have done this for its employees to foster an anti-reply all work environment.
If you’re not one of the lucky ones or if you’re a freelancer who is frequently copied on messages from editors and management, there’s always other services to rely on. For instance, Reply to All Monitor is essentially at $14.95 fee for Outlook. Here’s how it works: There’s a pop up message every time you attempt to click on reply all. It simply asks if you really want to do this. In addition, it removes your name from the recipient list so other people on the receiving end aren’t able to reply all to you.