There have been a few times that I’ve accidentally hit the “reply to all” button rather than just “reply” on an email. They’ve mostly been innocent work emails where I’ve responded to a question by replying to all. The times I’ve done it, I’ve been relieved that the accident didn’t cause any strife at work.
I have not been quite so lucky on my personal emails. A friend of mine, who is a pretty staunch Republican, periodically sends me political jokes. Most of the time it’s about how bad Obama and the Democrats are doing and/or overinflating the good the Republicans do. I usually have some witty and amusing reply that bashes the Republicans sent right back to him.
After receiving one such email, my snarky (but clean) comment was accidentally sent to all the recipients. Most of the others on his email list are Republicans, except for his mom who responded to my reply with a chuckle. That’s when I realized I had replied to all. Later that day I received an email from someone I didn’t know with the same subject. This person lit into me. Something like “I don’t know who you think you are but…” I was mortified! My friend’s and my political exchanges had always been very friendly, agreeing to disagree, and poking fun at each other. My response was in good fun. This person did not appreciate my humor at all.
Since then, I check and recheck responses to email to make sure I didn’t send to everyone. After sending a particularly sensitive email, I even cringe when I send – worrying that I’m doing it wrong. Then I have to look inside my send folder just to triple check. I don’t want that to happen again. Yikes!