Signatures on emails sent from Smartphones (IPhones/BlackBerries etc)
Do you send out emails from your smartphone with something like “Sent from my Iphone/Blackberry” written at the end of it? You MAY be annoying recipients… here’s why and a much better alternative.
Why do people get annoyed (I disagree with ALL the reasons)
A recent survey I read (I haven’t been able to relocate a link to the original article) on the web found that many people find the “Sent from my Smartphone” signature annoying. According to the survey, respondents felt that it implied that:
- The sender could be showing off because the particular type of phone may be a status symbol (I have to admit… I like showing off my IPhone… I just wish the IPhone 4 hadn’t come out so soon after I bought my IPhone 3GS)
- The sender is too busy to address the recipient properly
- The sender doesn’t know how to change the signature (I read this as saying that I was too stupid to change the signature… again I have to admit I had not even bother to look for this but it was easy enough to find under settings on the Iphone)
I don’t agree with most of the above. It does not bother me when I read “Sent from my Smartphone” at the bottom of emails I receive.
In fact… it tells me that although the person was out of the office, they still thought that I was worth responding to immediately… and that the person has good taste if the email says “Sent from my Iphone”.
A Better Signature for Emails Sent from Iphones
Although I don’t have any problems with the default signature, based on a suggestion in the article I have now changed my signature to read:
Sent from my IPhone. Please excuse the brevity, spelling and punctuation.
I think the above is great… I get to show off my phone… I show respect for the recipient… and they will know why some mistakes may creep through (sometime I don’t notice that my IPhone has changed words that it thinks I have misspelled)
What do you think of the default “Sent from my…” signature? Do you have a better alternative?
Please let me know by leaving a comment on the blog.
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