Member-supported news for Southern California
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
Support for KPCC comes from:

In honor of Utah’s ‘reply-all’ fiasco, we invite you to share your worst email-related faux pas

A woman looks at her email on a computer screen in Washington on November 23, 2010. Americans will take a break from the office over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays but most won't stop checking their work emails, according to a survey released on Tuesday. The Harris Interactive survey conducted for Xobni, an email software firm, found that 59 percent of employed American adults will consult work emails over the holidays. Fifty-five percent will check work emails at least once a day and 28 percent will do so multiple times throughout the day, the survey found.
Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images
A woman looks at her email on a computer screen in Washington on November 23, 2010

Maria Peterson, a deputy director at Utah’s Department of Corrections, sent an email last week to invite about 80 of her colleagues to the annual holiday party.

Maria Peterson, a deputy director at Utah’s Department of Corrections, sent an email last week to invite about 80 of her colleagues to the annual holiday party.

Unbeknownst to her, the email was erroneously sent to about 22,000 people.

What happened next has been dubbed “replyall-pocalpyse,” “potluckgate,” and “reply all madness” by the New York Times. You guessed it… many of the recipients of Peterson’s invitation responded by replying to everyone on the email. Peterson’s inbox blew up. The state’s technology department corrected the error 12 minutes after the initial email was sent, so that Peterson was the only person who received a response from anyone who replied-all. Still, the damage was done.  The thousands of replies ended up clogging the state’s phone and email systems for several hours.

Inspired by what happened in Utah, AirTalk wants to know your worst, and funniest, email-related fiasco. Call us at 866-893-5722 to share your story

Stay Connected