Third wave's the charm

One of this company's more charity-conscious users composes a message intended for only a select few of his close personal friends -- and then sends it out to the entire 15,000-member workforce, including this pilot fish.

"It was a request for support for a worthwhile charitable organization," fish says.

And it has the predictable result. "First wave: Countless people hitting 'Reply all' to either praise the sender for his generosity or to chastise him for using company resources for his pet project," reports fish.

"Second wave: Countless more people hitting 'Reply all' to reprimand first-wavers for hitting 'Reply all.'

"Third wave: Strongly worded e-mail from CIO to stop the madness, as Exchange was buckling under the load."

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