Reply All and Spam …
NOT a match made in heaven!
We all deal with spam. Probably on a daily basis. It comes in many shapes and sizes. It’s delivered by so many different means.
But, a few of you are adding to the time suck and rolling eyes. Maybe without even knowing it.
Don’t Feed The Animals, Especially Not Spam!
C’mon people. Use a little common sense and stop spreading the spamsanity. Yes, that’s one of my made up words, but I think it’s quite fitting. It perfectly describes what I can only hope is the mindless and hysterical spreading of spam through silly clicks and response tactics.
None of us want spam. Anywhere. It infiltrates our in-boxes. It taunts us in Twitter DMs. It makes us listless about Linkedin. I could go on and on.
Spam wastes our time and it negatively impacts our productivity. We have to monitor it on our websites, in the comments and via our contact forms. We have to clear it out of our inboxes. Even if we have systems in place to catch it, the final delete is something we have to deploy.
So, it’s all the more annoying when the spam cycle is continued with a ridiculous reply-all response.
Stop Aiding & Abetting
When you reply-all to a spam send, you’re adding to the trash. That’s one more email, one more message, one more notification I have to address.
Whether your response is positive or negative, when you regularly reply-all, you show me you don’t value my time any more than the initial spammer.
It’s bad enough when you have my email for a reason. It’s absolutely heinous when you use a social media platform (I’m calling you out Linkedin) to deliver spammy service offerings to the unsuspecting and uninterested. When you hit reply-all to an obviously spammy send, I’m going to inform Linkedin that your response is spam, too.
Sound harsh? Too bad. No one wants to see a single spam send turn into a spam thread.
Respond To Spam The Right Way! One-on-One!
If you’ve ever taken part in any formal, regimented networking you know that have a rule, which I’m paraphrasing here:
… positive in public, negative where no one else is listening.
When it comes to spam, especially spam sent out to multiple parties (I’m looking at you again, Linkedin), all responses should be private.
While the spam send might be the exact silly service your business needs, you don’t need to let the rest of us know! We don’t care! We don’t know Y-O-U!
As for letting the spammer know it’s not super-duper? I give them one chance. I reply, privately, that what they’re doing doesn’t work for me (and plenty of others). If they repeat spam? Report!
Together we can stop the spamsanity. Really! If we stop reply-all ridiculosity we’re already adding to the calm, rather than creating a cacophony that clearly benefits NO ONE!