Email in 2006 was characterized by issues of regulations and disclaimers. It was also the year where Outlook 2003 had the first two service packs. People were getting used to right-clicking to accept a linked image. Mobile devices were becoming increasingly frequent in the business world but certainly also in the consumer world.
A Year of Regulations and Disclaimers
The freedom of the internet and emails were getting more regulated. It was the year when the Companies Act 2006 took effect and this stipulated that company name, registration number, place of registration and registered office address must be contained in the email signature. This law took effect in the UK in 2006.
Read an Email and Break the Law?
More rules about this opened up for some strange interpretations such as this message:
“This message is private and confidential. If you have received this message in error, please notify us and remove it from your system.”
In reality, if you read that text you had probably already read the whole email and therefore could be breaking the law. So “some people” suggested that this message was to be put at the top of all emails before the actual message body was displayed. Hence you could still return the email if it was received by the wrong person. Thankfully this talk did not lead to any more legalities and absurd interpretations. It would be like to receive a real letter, open it and if you read it to the bottom it will say that it is illegal that you read the content of the email.
So much for 2006… Next year is going to be game-changing. Stay tuned!
Bonus info: Twitter was founded March 2006
Extra bonus info: Here is a list over the first few hundred Twitter users: http://therealtimereport.com/2010/11/14/the-first-500-twitter-accounts-meet-the-102-ur-tweeters/
Take a look at previous years in the Xink Advent Calendar: