E-mail Etiquette

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Before Tinder, Yik Yak, Facebook, and before people were deciding on what phone to purchase according to what social medias it had access to, there was E-mail. It’s quick, convenient and lets you stay in touch with people you rarely see or call. It can be someone’s first impression of you, or it can be a communication tool that helps you more forward in achieving your professional goals.

But, e-mails can also a very tricky social outlet. When we are having conversations with people face to face, we can read their unspoken messages: facial expressions, body language, vocal tone and enthusiasm in their words. With e-mail, all we have are words. Many times I have sent an e-mail that I think is clever, funny and almost legendary. When I go back and read it later, (usually because I have not received a reply) I find that I really came off as quite the jerk. Truth is, word choice can make or break an e-mail.

Yik Yak Identities

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Unrestricted. Uncensored. A place of freedom to express and communicate your innermost thoughts. Sounds pretty good, right? This seems to be the biggest draw for the app Yik Yak. Launched in 2013, Yik Yak has risen to be one of the most popular apps for young adults. With 1.8 million users, over 95% of them are college aged. This app claims to be an “anonymous messaging application”, where in 200 characters “college students [can] connect with their community”.