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”.