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December 11, 2012

Doomsday? Probably not. Email Replyallcalypse? Unfortunately, yes.


It happens to all of us. We receive emails via the dreaded “reply-all” function.

  • The department gets the email, “Someone’s pizza’s here.”
  • Suzie hopes whoever ordered it got pepperoni.
  • Jane likes ham.
  • Joe says “lol”.
  • John says, “Thanks. I’ll be right up.”
  • And 20 more people each say to everyone, “Quit emailing us.”

But imagine this – you mean to forward an email to your Mom, but accidently reply-all to none other than your closest 40,000 college classmates.

That was the horror for one NYU sophomore recently. Not only did this student reply-all to an email that was set up to go to the entire student body, many of those 40,000 recipients replied – sparking what’s now being dubbed as the “replyallcalypse”.


And, a cautionary tale to tell reminding folks that reply all should rarely be used. If ever.

Have you ever been swept up in a replyallcalypse? If so, share your story in the comments below. 


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