I love this! Apparantly, companies and organizations are starting to cut down on e-mail by disabling the "reply to all" feature on their e-mail client. The Neilsen company recently sent out the following e-mail to all of its employee (irony alert: that must have required hitting "reply to all").

"REPLY TO ALL" FUNCTION TO BE DISABLED

A Message from Andrew Cawood

In December, the Nielsen Executive Council (NEC) held an Act Now! event to review suggestions from across the business that would eliminate bureaucracy and inefficiency. Beginning Thursday, January 29, we will implement one of the approved recommendations: removing the "Reply to All" functionality from Microsoft Outlook.

We have noticed that the "Reply to All" functionality results in unnecessary inbox clutter. Beginning Thursday we will eliminate this function, allowing you to reply only to the sender. Responders who want to copy all can do so by selecting the names or using a distribution list.

Eliminating the "Reply to All" function will:

'˘ Require us to copy only those who need to be involved in an e-mail conversation
'˘ Reduce non-essential messages in mailboxes, freeing up our time as well as server space

This is one of the many changes being implemented as a result of the NEC Act Now! initiative. If you have any suggestions on how we can continue to improve the way we work, please send your comments to Nielsen Communications [mailto: REDACTED].

Andrew Cawood
Chief Information Officer

My thoughts:

- "Reply to all" today, e-mail groups tomorrow?

- What do you do when you really, really need to send something out to all your staff? (For example, announcing your new "reply to all" policy?)

Just what makes that little ole ant...

I can't resist throwing this in today. There's a great article on Wired's site about what we can learn from ants about avoiding traffic gridlock. It seems Ants never have pile-ups or head-on collisions. A group of biologists, led by one Andrea Dussutour from the University of Sydney, have been studying ants for some eight years now (chew on that one for awhile; studying ants for EIGHT years!).

The article is actually very interesting and more to the point; demonstrates that inspiration for innovation is all around us if we just open ourselves to it.