When someone writes “thanks” in response to my email, do I write “my pleasure” and require them to open yet another correspondence? Or do I allow the thread to end with their thanks and risk seeming rude? I try to take into account my hierarchal position relative to my correspondent.
For instance, let’s say I’m exchanging emails with a literary agent, who has read some of my essays, and we plan to meet me for lunch to discuss publishing possibilities.
We go back and forth and I say I’ve reserved a table at LaLaLa and he writes, “See you there, thanks.” Do I write back to say “You’re welcome?” That may be annoying to him. Yet, do I need to let him know I received his affirmation of the plan? No one wants to open unnecessary emails.
Apparently I am not the only one who worries about how to end an email thread. My friend Annie emailed Jeff, asking him to send her a financial document.
Jeff writes back “Sure.”
Annie replies, “Thanks.”
Jeff writes back, “Sure.”
As if that’s not hard enough, let’s look at the obstacles of ending a chat with one my 20-something daughters. On video Skype, I can’t hang up first. On a voice call, ok, but there I am looking at one of my peach pies and I can’t just blank her out. She has to be the one to disconnect.
Saying good-bye on online chats without video simply has no limit. Below is a Skype instant message conversation with one of my kids. No need to read it all, just scroll down to get the idea.
hopefully i’ll get a keyboard soon, anticipating that
that’s so exciteing!!!!
promise talk to you tomorrow
i’ll tel you all about my fab new years eve
(that was happy hug face)
with arms up
It’s me again, Dear Blog Reader. I must have been in an awful hurry because I thought I was always the last one to say byee.
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