Internet mail, or e mail has it's own etiquette. Ignoring it can mean the difference between success and failure to get your message read.
It's so easy! Just type in your message and click on the 'send' button or find it in the drop down menu and off your message goes - to your mother, to your boss, to the webmaster of the most awesome website you've ever visited!
And the thrill of receiving an email from the editor of your favorite online magazine!
But wait. If you're new to the world of instant 'mail' via the internet, or if you've been around awhile but seem to have missed a few basic lessons along the way, there are a few rules that will help make your email more effective, or, at least not obnoxious!
Email has probably made the biggest impact on business and personal communications since the Pony Express, but it's easy to misunderstand the nature of it.
Strictly speaking, it's not mail. It's not memos flying back and forth and it's not refrigerator notes. It's not a phone call; it's not a formal letter, nor is it necessarily interactive.
One assumption that many people make is that the person on the other end reads all email immediately. Some people get hundreds of emails each day, and have to set aside a particular portion of their day to sort through the messages, deleting what isn't important or interesting - or that doesn't demand an answer.
If you want your email read, use a comprehensive, specific subject line. Cutesy is fine for a good friend and boring is even ok for a business memo (if it's a timely topic).
If you change the topic in the text, change it also in the subject line.
Don't send chatty but pointless email, unless you're absolutely sure that the receiver has time and is interested in a conversation.
When you do have something to say, be brief. The receiver may not have time to read a long email, or may not be interested in your topic at all, or may not be impressed with your delivery.
Don't forward 'alerts', stories, sermons, poems or news releases, unless you're absolutely sure the receiver wants to read them. NEVER forward more than one or two of a 'newsletter'. If a person isn't subscribed to it, the chances are that it doesn't interest him.
SHOUTING in upper case letters or excessive use of exclamation points ('bangs') are never acceptable and will usually get your email trashed without so much as a glance if you use them in the subject line, but don't use them in the text either; they're rude.
Be normally polite. If you wouldn't normally grunt 'nope' to a request to someone's face, don't do it via email, either. An email is not a telegram... use grammar and form.
Don't send HTML email unless it's asked for. HTML can't be read by all email programs or servers, and it takes longer to download. Fancy colored fonts and the like can even crash an email program. Not a good impression to make! (It also can be irritating to get what looks like a screaming web page in your mail.)
Always use the automated quote, but always edit it! Don't quote every word of every email when you reply. Keep it to a minimum, only so that the receiver can see at a glance what has gone on before in the conversation.
When you return an email, don't reply to everyone the email has been sent to, unless it's necessary. If you foward an email, and it's been forwarded to you, remove the '>' before each line. It's simple to do in most email programs; simply check your spelling and grammar; proofread. If you're writing about a subject that could be misunderstood, let it cool for a period before reading it again. Don't intentionally flame anyone.
Remember that email is not necessarily private! If you wouldn't say something to a person's face, it's best to not say it in an email. Your boss, the server's administrator, the person you're emailing to, and anyone with access to any of those computers - yours, the receiver, the boss, etc, has access to your email. It's not uncommon for people to copy and paste entire texts from an email into a forum, usenet or listserv where thousands of others can read it. Don't take a chance.
If you use a signature, keep it short and relevant. ASCII pictures and ultra long signatures can make your email feel intrusive. Be especially careful about this if you're posting to lists or forums.
Since the internet by definition is international, intercultural, and 'inter' almost everything else, be very careful of offending others. Religious, racial, political and cultural remarks, even made in perfect innocense, can offend, hurt feelings and anger someone, somewhere.
Sign your name. Just because it's your account, doesn't mean that it's actually you writing the email. Also, it's just good manners.
Don't spam! That awful four letter word makes more enemies than friends, so why would you want to use it? Even when it's targeted the returns are low. Most people resent unsolicited advertising, especially if they have to wait for it to download.
The worst is to send spam in HTML. Unless you're into making a lot of enemies real fast, don't do it.
Do use emoticons - those helpful ASCII characters that symbolize a smile or frown or other expressions. Here are a few: :) or :-) - smile ;) or ;-) - wink :P Sticking out your tongue (only to close friends!) :( or :-( - frown or sad face @>->- - Kudos or congratulations (a rose or flower)
Email will probably never replace the phone or snail mail, but it fills a need in our world for quick, direct, enjoyable and even intense communication with people around the world, or in the next room.
What is cellulite? what causes it to form and how can it be treated?
Cellulite, edematous-fibro sclerotic panniculopathy, can occur in both genders. However, this condition known as cottage cheese skin is more dominate in the female population. It roughly affects about ninety percent of women. While cellulite is a common condition in women, it is not a result of being obese or overweight. Research proves that cellulite can occur in any body type. Cellulite can be found almost any where on the body. However, it is most common in the areas of the buttocks, thighs, and abdomen. There are several factors that can cause cellulite to develop such as hormones, lifestyle habits, and age.
In women, cellulite tends to develop during times of hormonal changes. These time periods include during puberty, pregnancy, menopause, premenstrual syndrome, and during the first couple of months of birth control use. Cellulite is a result of a slow down in blood flow, lymphatic drainage, fat, and a breakdown of connective tissues. Hormones help to regulate the changes that occur within these processes. When there is a change in these processes, the appearance of bumpy, cottage cheese like, skin known as cellulite occurs.
Certain lifestyle habits can cause cellulite to form. Despite regular exercise and a well-balanced diet, it is possible for cellulite to form. However, an unhealthy lifestyle in which there is little to no exercise along side a poor diet can worsen the appearance of cellulite. Also, poor exercise and diet can result in poor circulation and water retention which can further the effects of cellulite.
Over time, as aging occurs the loss of skin thickness happens as well. The loss of tone in the connective tissues within the upper dermis and superficial fat layers can cause visible dimpling of the skin. Developing research has linked estrogen to cellulite suggests that estrogen breaks down collagen. This break down of collagen by estrogen is said to lead to the formation of cellulite.
There are several non-surgical treatment options on the market for cellulite. Treatments include creams, pills, and teas. A restricted diet in which salty, chemically additive, and spicy foods are eliminated may also help. Also, a proper exercise regime to help improve circulation will also aid in the elimination of cellulite. How well a product will help to minimize the appearance depends on the age of the cellulite. A combined regime of products, exercise, and healthy diet may reduce the visibility of cellulite.
A surgical treatment option for removing cellulite is liposuction. Liposuction is a surgical procedure in which excess fat is removed by suction. There are several types of liposuction that can be performed. A licensed surgeon can help recommend which is the best option pending on the person. Liposuction can be beneficial, however as with any surgery there are risks. These risks include but are not limited hypertension, diabetes, and cardiac problems. It is best to seek the advice of a medical professional with experience before making a final decision on liposuction. While cellulite can be embarrassing to have, it is also something that can be easily removed over time through patience. It is best to maintain a healthy lifestyle to avoid creating further problems with cellulite.
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