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If You Absolutely Must Fram


Sometimes you can’t help yourself — you just must blast every email address with some form of fram. So the question is: how do you do it right without forever ruining your reputation and earning the scorn of those who once thought you were cool?

  1. Personalize it…Okay, you received something that is really, really appropriate for a good number of people in your network, before your press the “forward” button, take a couple of moments to tap out a message to explain a little bit about why you’re framming.
    Hey, guys, check out this photo, it reminds me of the time y’all trashed my apartment while I was in Hawaii...
  2. Do your home work before you fram…You don’t want to forward complete garbage. Do a little research. Start with the subject line and see if what comes up…If terms like “urban legend” or “hoax” are in the results, you probably shouldn’t forward the email. If the terms “virus” and “phishing” come up, then definitely do not forward this email.
  3. Avoid doing this regularly…Once in awhile should be your FOF (frequency of framming), otherwise you risk becoming a  major annoyance to your nearest and dearest.
  4. Sleep on it…Wait a day before you fram. You may feel after some fitful rest that you really don’t need to or want to forward an email with a picture of the “cancer candle” (an animated image that is supposed to kept circulating in memory of some struck down by the disease). You realize that forward this kind of email does nothing to honor a loved one and just adds more unnecessary traffic and takes up space in everyone’s inbox.
  5. When you really NEED to forward an email, after hitting the forward button and before you send, be sure to remove all of the other addresses that appear in the body of the message.
  6. Also, before you send, go to the bottom and remove all 'signatures' from the previous sender or senders, along with all the advertising.
  7. If you are forwarding an email to more than one person, always use the BCC: (blind carbon copy) field option for listing the email addresses. This is the way the people you send to will only see one email address, their own and if they forward the email, they won’t be spread email addresses that could be harvested by spammers.
  8. Remove 'FW:' in the subject line. You also can re-name the subject to make it appropriate for your contacts.

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