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From this long article, I started learning right in the beginning about my professional emails. I thought I had been doing well, but, as I realized with the subject line, many of my headings may be confusing or seem like trash. For example, "Quick Question" and "Follow-up" both were not suggested.

Also, I like the idea of separating or numbering points in an email to make sure every one gets read and responded to. Even though I typically don't flame people by email, I found that point to be interesting if I ever wanted to properly get back at someone who flames me.

Any information regarding BCC and CC is also helpful to me because I don't really know what those are or how to use them.

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Lewin

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In this article, they revealed how informal net speak is seeping into students' assignments. I must say I have done that before when typing assignments. I've left out some proper punctuation and used some text shortcuts, but through spell check I've corrected those mistakes before they made them to the desk of my teacher.

Normally, I have a social short-hand way of writing emails, texts, and posts to my friends. I even take notes in short-hand, text lingo. But, emails and papers to professors and employers get checked before they are sent out. To me, it's like the difference between writing a creative fictional story with fragmented sentences and writing a research paper or an essay.

But, like Professor Sterling, I don't think this is bad. Our world is constantly growing and changing. Speaking English in America is different than speaking English in England. Some in England find our way of speaking to be "slang" and not proper English.

I actually like hearing when a word has become so popular that it becomes a "real" word and is added to the dictionary.

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Schackner

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This article, though it is 3 years old, holds important information for students about privacy and sensitivity on the web. Although I feel that a college should not be able to punish a student for their speech on the internet (when it is not related to the school's website), it happens and students can kill a whole career in not keeping their private lives private.

Students should maintain a sense of sensitivity when blogging. Not to say they need to be politically correct, but just to be sensitive about people of different races, sexualities, and etc.. They can express their opinion without making fun or putting down another person.

Students should remember to keep their names clean on the internet. The less information about them up there, the better. Not only so stalkers can't take advantage of them, but so prospective employers won't find any slander reason not to hire them.

Bottom line: Be careful what you're attatching your name or face to on the Internet. Once it's up there, it's up there for forever. As Karl Formes put it, "If they present themselves as intelligent thinking human beings, they will be rewarded. If not, then they won't be."

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