Am I the only one who does this? When e-mailing multiple people, I often insert the individual recipients in a political order, especially at work.
For example, I’m sending an e-mail to Fred, Ned and Ted. Ted is my boss and Fred and Ned are coworkers. However, Ned is also in a position to make my job more difficult if I don’t keep on his good side. So, in this example, I would first insert Ted’s email address in the To: line, then Ned and finally Fred. I’m always afraid someone isn’t going to be happy with being put before this or that person, or that I didn’t think to include them before this or that person.
Am I nuts or do other people play personal and professional politics with e-mail recipient order? Is this a little like the Seinfeld episode where Jerry was obsessed with where his phone number was on a persons speed dial?
Also, is there a political angle to using blind copying (BCC)? Does being the recipient of a blind copy make you feel special or that you’re closer to the sender because they want to secretly let you in on something?