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I wonder who invented the “subject line” in emails anyways? What’s with that? Do I always need to have a fancy subject for my messages? Why so much pressure to come up with something witty and descriptive? Why?

By Chris Tingom

Principal of Tornado Design, a Phoenix, AZ based web consultancy

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A subject line should give focus to the email and suggest what the body is about. I believe it came about because the email format was basically a complete crib of the memorandum, which featured a subject line. The memorandum probably had a subject line to indicate to the reader what the memo was about. Interestingly, the possible predecessor to the memorandum–the telegram–had no such subject line.

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