Do you know that option in Outlook / Thunderbird / your mail client of choice which you can enable, so you’re notified when a mail is read? I don’t use it all the time, but when it’s absolutely important to me that a mail is read I might select that option. It’s not that I think that my e-mails are of uber importance. But when I get a notification that my mail is read, at least I know that I got my – usually quite important message – across. If they decide to ignore that message, then that’s fine. At least they’ve read it.
But in the past few weeks, I’ve sent some mails for which I didn’t get the calming notification “that my mail has been read”. I’ll tell you this right here, and right now: you annoy me. Do you think I select that option for fun? Hasn’t it occurred to you that I know whether you read my important e-mail? If i send a mail in which I tell you that something has to be done ASAP, I need to know that you at least received the mail. Unfortunately, that option doesn’t exist in Thunderbird.
The point is: if you get the request to notify me when you’ve read my mail, click “yes”’. “No” is for losers that want me to refresh my inbox every five minutes, waiting for that confirmation to drop in my inbox. You don’t want to be a loser, do you?
Note: I’m well aware that there are people that use that option for every e-mail they send, or that regularely abuse the “priority” setting. I’m not one of those people. Click “YES” now!!
Note 2: if this post doesn’t make much sense: let’s just say that I’m a person who worries too much. I REALLY need that confirmation sometimes