A few days ago I posted about my favorite (ok, only) subject line trick, and I asked for other examples. Here’s what all you smarties came up with…
- "n/t" means no text in the message body–similar to <EOM> (credit: Robert Lynch)
"URG" (urgent), "ACT" (action needed), or "FYI" (informational) (credit: Optimus) "Link" (for a cool site or stuff), "News" (industry related news), "ProjectNumber" (for project related stuff), "Launch" (for something that went live), "FYI" (for your info, usually of small importance) (credit: AK)
- "fun/" (for stuff that are amusing or funny), "link/" (for more informational links), "!!!/" (for important things) (credit: Mike)
- Subject of project followed by a general category, ie "CH2 [INFO]" (credit: Nathaniel Eliot)
"911" (emergency/extremely urgent), "811" (very important–to be dealt with within the hour), "411" (general info–deal with at your leisure) (credit: Randy @ CodeDump) I think this is my fav, since pretty much everyone will understand 911 and 411, and once they understand those, 811 will be a natural. UPDATE: Good point by commenters that this is a US-centric trick. Adjust to your country’s dialing codes.
Additionally, several folks noted the importance of using the subject line as a summary line for the whole message. It’s a good point, and one that’s so obvious it probably needs to be made explicit for some folks (not you, of course). If you’re writing an email about a client that ditched you, don’t title it "They split" or "Adios." You’ve got plenty of room, so be explicit: "911: Client X jumped ship." That oughta get some attention.
Good stuff, thanks everybody.