initials. At the other extreme, you can engage the "sig" feature of your e-mail program, which will automatically end your message with your name, title, company name, or whatever other information you choose, which is particularly appropriate for formal e-mail.

If you're trying to be correct rather than going for a nonchalant style that shouts "I'm busy," don't forget to proofread the contents of your e-mail message. E-mail spell checkers like all spell checkers aren't foolproof, particularly with misspelled words that wind up as similar words that are spelled correctly.

Take a look also at the headers of your e-mail. The last thing you want is for a flirty message intended for a single recipient a couple of cubicles down to go to a distribution list comprising your entire company.

Reid Goldsborough is a syndicated columnist and author of the book Straight Talk About the Information Superhighway. He can be reached at reidgold@comcast.net or www.reidgoldsborough.com.

Reid Goldsborough  |  Contributing Writer
Reid Goldsborough is a syndicated columnist and author of Straight Talk About the Information Superhighway. He can be reached at reidgold@comcast.net or www.reidgoldsborough.com.