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Yesterday explained - THE FINAL EMAIL

From: Paul Collins <pauldcollins@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Dec 2009 01:20:19 +0100
Message-ID: <fa62db570912071620v623458efg32f0afd4f530f6f3@mail.gmail.com>
To: Paul Collins <pauldcollins@gmail.com>
Hello, all on the list from yesterday.

This is the last email you will get from me, I just wanted to firstly say it
was a mistake and secondly apologise for the email yesterday. That email was
meant for a select group of friends.

To briefly explain what happened, I had a group in Gmail I had foolishly
named "all *MY* contacts". For those who don't use Gmail, it automatically
adds every single person you've ever emailed or replied to in a group called
"all contacts". I chose the wrong group, emailing not only individuals, but
lists too, sending that email out to God knows how many people.

To top it off, I added the list into CC, not BCC. I know how these things
work, I just stuffed it. I don't do mass emails often.

After directly sending apologies to the first few hate mails, Gmail blocked
me for exceeding my quota of emails for the day. I'd figured out what had
happened by now, but all I could do after that was watch people keep
clicking "reply all" to be removed, without being able to point out that
wouldn't work. This quadrupled the hate mail...

I've changed the name of the list now and I've removed everyone who asked to
be removed and/or I don't know from "all contacts". Although I'll probably
need to do that again now thanks to Gmail.

Once again, I am really sorry, it's amazing how much mayhem can be caused
with a few incorrect clicks. Unfortunately, emails can't be taken down once
they're sent, like a blog post.

Apologies for any inconvenience,
Received on Tuesday, 8 December 2009 00:21:11 UTC

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