Taming the E-mail Monster

Johnson Jr., Peter W.
August 1998
Journal of Financial Planning;Aug1998, Vol. 11 Issue 4, p104
Academic Journal
This article discusses the most interesting and powerful features found in most e-mail programs. The process of checking e-mail is exactly like old business school in-box process. That process, as one may recall, pits the student against a pile of papers with limited time to sort through them. Thus it is with e-mail in-boxes: users need a way to sort e-mail by priority. In other words, one create multiple in-boxes for different kinds of messages, and the filters do the sorting based on key words or phrases, routing messages as one wish. Find function is a word processor. When one want to locate a certain word or phrase, one can jump right to every occurrence in a document. E-mail applications usually contain a similar Find feature, which offers the added convenience of searching through lots of messages in a single pass. It is possible to send entire files as attachments to e-mail. An attachment is a separate file that rides along with the e-mail message from the sender to the recipient(s). E-mail programs almost always offer a Nickname feature. Nicknames are a shorthand method of entering e-mail addresses, and they are godsend. When one use a nickname to send an e-mail message, one need only type in one's own shorthand code for the recipient, be it one or any number of individuals.


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