Some people just aren’t good at returning emails. I’ll shamefully place myself among the guilty. The problem — and I’m sure this is true for a number of us — is that I check and read the email frequently, but rarely have time right then and there to respond. And when I do have time, the email is already marked as read (because I’m a compulsive zero-inboxer) and it slips through the cracks. Adding to my culpability, I’ve often told people that the email must have gone to my spam folder or something, because I don’t remember seeing it. If those people had used today’s quick tip, they might have been able to call me out on that. The screenshot to your right explains it all. Just press sym then press W to create the open bracket. Then type confirm. After that, press sym again and press S to close the brackets. Then proceed with your email as normal. When the recipient receives your email — that is, it appears on her BlackBerry smartphone — you will get an email in your own inbox letting you know. There are a few specifics that go along with this:
- This only works with BlackBerry smartphones. If you send this to someone and the do not have a BlackBerry, or that email address is not connected to their BlackBerry, you will not get a delivery confirmation.
- The recipient will see the confirm tag in the subject line. Why RIM didn’t just automatically hide that, like an HTML tag, I have no idea. But that’s the deal.
- There are options in your Email Settings that control read and delivery receipts. But the other user can either turn those off on her own smartphone, or else refuse to send a read receipt. The recipient can do nothing when you use the confirm tag.
We’ll end with a note of irony: I don’t have my jpawlikowski at bbgeeks email hooked up to my BlackBerry.