A mode of communication finally dies

The era of the telegram, an icon of communication dating back 150 years, came to a quiet end last week. Western Union says it delivered its final telegram on Friday. Check it out here.

The thing about telegrams is, because you paid by the word, they demanded careful thinking and precise use of words. In that sense, I lament their end. With the ubiquitousness of computers and email, most of us are not forced to think through what we want to say. Often, we just spew–and whole books are written about the troubles we can get into for writing the wrong word(s) in emails.

So just for fun, next time you have to write a business email, pretend it’s a telegram. I bet your readers will be glad you did.

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