Chris Walsh (chris_walsh) wrote,
Chris Walsh
chris_walsh

Maybe we need a C-3PO for the Net (the etiquette and protocol of e-mail sign-offs)

Relieved, I am, that I'm not the only one who think about this: Saving "Goodbye" is the Hardest Part of an E-mail, by Ruth McCann.
It feels like the 18th century all over again. All that daily correspondence, all those long hours spent hunched over a desk, composing some thoughtful missive about one's dowry or the Jacobite rebellions. Signed, "Yr humble servant."

Same deal now, basically, except (obviously) we're not clutching quills; we're writing a passel of e-mails and clicking send on ye olde BlackBerry until our fingers bleed. And something else isn't quite the same: Unlike the heroes and heroines of epistolary novels, we aren't blessed with time-tested formal guidance on the correct way to sign off.

"Best"?

"Cheers"?

"Sincerely"?

...Will Schwalbe, co-author with David Shipley of "Send: Why People Email So Badly and How to Do It Better," warns, "You can really do a lot of damage, even with a careless closing. And one of the terrifying things about e-mail is: You may never know."
More advice at the story, including suggestions from the great-grandson of Emily Post. Really.

So how do you sign off in your e-mails?
Subscribe
  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 2 comments