Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Why You Should Use Blind Carbon Copy Email Option

The term Blind Carbon Copy or "BCC" is a remnant from the days of typewriters that has carried over to modern day email usage.

Typewriters used sheets of paper to which a letter's image transferred when a type key impacted on the inked tape between the type key and the paper. It was a very efficient process, but to create duplicate copies required multiple sheets of paper with carbon copier paper between them.

When a document, usually a letter, was written, it was customary to include details of to whom the letter had been sent on a file copy. If a copy was sent to a person whose identity was kept secret from other recipients, the copy was annotated BCC and name of the recipient.

Most email clients have CC (carbon copy) and BCC options usually immediately below the To address field. When sending emails to multiple addresses, one should put the additional addressees details in the BCC field unless it is important to let everyone know who else received the message.

The best reason for using BCC is when emailing large distribution lists. Using BCC prevents people harvesting your distribution list for spamming or other purposes. Some of the people on your list might get offended to see their email contact details spread far and wide.

Interestingly, most email clients allow you to send messages only addressed to BCC recipients. If you haven't tried this, see how it goes
Are you using BCC for your distribution lists, or are you leaving yourself open to creating massive spam attacks?



  1. Meg Taylor12:55 PM

    The term BCC really needs to be changed to Blind EMAIL Copy doesn't it? And instead of Carbon Copy, Copy.

  2. I agree, it needs to be updated to reflect current technology.

    Thanks for your post.


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