Email Chain. "Collective Exchange" (or "Great Quotes").
"We're starting a collective, constructive exchange." BCC 20
copies. US, 2014.
1. ---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "Katy xxx" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Feb 5, 2014 12:00 AM
Subject: Collective Exchange
We're starting a collective, constructive exchange. It's a one-time thing
and we hope you will participate. Please send an encouraging quote or verse
to the person whose name is in position 1 below (even if you don't know
him or her). It should be a favorite text verse/motivational poem/meditation
that has lifted you when you were experiencing challenging times. Don't
agonize over it--it is one you reach for when you need it or the one that
you always turn to.
1. Katy xxx
2. Grace yyy
After you've sent the short poem/verse/meditation/quote/etc. to the person
in position 1, and only that person, copy this letter into a new email,
move my name to position 1. and put your name in position 2. Only my name
and your name should show when you email. Send to 20 friends BCC (blind copy).
If you cannot do this in five days, let us know so it will be fair to those
participating. It's fun to see where they come from. Seldom does anyone
drop out because we all need new ideas and inspiration. The turnaround is
fast, as there are only two names on the list, and you only have to do it
Supplied by Patrick Davison, March
7, 2014. Same as "Great Quotes" item except
for subject line. See below. Second paragraph borrows text from a paper exchange
letter. Entered by DWV, March 8, 2014.
Evolution (a history of paper chain letters). Annotated
Index for the Paper Chain Letter Archive
Annotated Index for the utility email
archive, /e-archive/. Daniel W. VanArsdale, index page.
Comment by DWV, 3/8/2014
This example of what I now call the "Collective Exchange" email chain
was emailed about three weeks prior to my "Great Quotes" example
of the same chain, but a week after the earliest example I have found so
far on the web. Notable differences here, compared to "Great Quotes", are
the "Collective Exchange" subject, the additional sentence "Don't agonize
over it -- it is ...", and omission of the second sentence in Great Quotes
("We have picked those we think would be faithful and make it fun."). The
second paragraph, after the two email addresses, is almost the same, and
reveals borrowing from the 1995 paperback book exchange letter xe1995_pbbook_s1n2q6.htm
as noted in the "GreatQuotes" e-archive entry.
The title "Collective Exchange" suggest that the method
of this email may be applied to other exchanges. Favorite links is one that
comes to mind. Also jokes, political slogans or graffiti, etc. Note
that it would be easy for the list to grow to three or more names. The
most effective number may depend on the structure of authority in the population
being solicited. If just one person in an organization or community has
much greater status than anyone else, a two entry list seems best because
that name will be at the top of second generation copies, without some unknown
or possibly disliked third person positioned above the local hero. But if
there are more than one very well respected persons in a group, three names
can appear on Collective Exchange emails without some unknown outsider appearing
above them. That such an appearance is at least perceived as negative for
replication explains why both versions of Collective Exchange so far collected
bear the request to send "(even if you do not know him/her)". That this
is in parentheses suggest it may have been added subsequent to the initial
distribution. It should be interesting to observe
the future of this chain email, and any that might be influenced by its methods.
If you have an early example or noteworthy modification please email me.