ThimphuTech was the first technology blog in Bhutan. We started writing it in 2009, just as broadband and mobile internet started to take off. (Although internet in Bhutan was launched in 1999, it was either super-slow or super-expensive, and was only used by a selected few).

In the blog, we wrote about technology and food, but also about plenty of other stuff. The blog became popular and influential in Bhutan. A companion bi-weekly column -- Ask Boaz -- was published for many years in the Kuensel, Bhutan's national newspaper. (The complete Kuensel columns are available as an ebook, Blogging with Dragons).

We stopped updating the blog when we left Bhutan in 2014, but the information within the posts can still prove useful, and thus we decided to keep it online.

We thank all our readers.
Tashi Delek,
Boaz & Galit.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Mindfulness essential when emailing subscribers

One of Bhutan's leading newspapers has recently made an embarrassing - if common - mistake.
When emailing the PDF version of the newspaper to the list of its online subscribers, the sender absent-mindedly added the recipients to the message's Cc field. Anyone who received the email was now able to browse the entire recipient list and see who the other subscribers are. So I now have the newspaper's entire online subscriber list, which includes a few dashos and other VIPs, among others. And of course, they now have my email address as well...
When people receive an email message, they see the list of To and Cc recipients, but not the Bcc recipients. Thus, when sending an email to a list of subscribers, make sure you enter their addresses in the Bcc field. In this way, they won't be able to see each other's addresses, and their privacy is protected.


  1. I had an annoying experience with a tourist class hotel in Paro. I had made an inquiry by e-mail so they had my address. Every couple of weeks, someone uses the hotel e-mail to send chain letters or inspirational quotes or similar to their entire mailing list using Cc. Really irritating and unprofessional - even if I block the sender, my e-mail is still there on the list for anyone to see.

  2. Andrea, I guess netiquette is still not part of the curriculum at hotel management training institutes. Good luck trying to remove yourself from the list!


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