We are sure you have seen them. These are the familiar “Fw: Fw: Fw: Fw: Fw: emails”, the chain emails.
We are not talking about funnies or “feel good” stories that we receive from time to time. We are talking about bogus emails and email hoaxes. We are talking about emails with messages covering subjects including: miraculous cures from certain plants, bad luck befalling upon email recipients for not forwarding the message, false traffic and driving incidents and advisories, product promotions, false warnings about products, companies and government policies, virus alerts hoaxes, and false accusations against certain people or government,
There are so many reasons for forwarding this type of email to our friends list. But whatever reasons you have, think of the consequences of your action if an email we are forwarding is a bogus email.
We read somewhere that an average email has something like 80 words using up about 25kb in file size. If this calculation is correct, imagine the amount of productivity losses on account of a bogus email. Even at only one second per word, an email with 85 words would take 80 seconds or 1 minute and 20 seconds to read.
What if the same email has reached 1,000 inboxes? 10,000 inboxes? 100,000 inboxes? That would be 80,000 seconds (1,333.33 minutes or 22.22 hours), 800,000 seconds (13,333.33 minutes or 222.20 hours) or 8,000,000 seconds (133,333.33 seconds or 2,222.20 hours). These 2,222.20 downtime hours would be the equivalent of one year work of more than one employee working 40 hours a week.
What if that same email has reached more than 100,000 inboxes? [Read more…]