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It’s happened to all of us. You’re going about your business, using multiple keyboards to tap out missives of variable sum and substance, and one to ten seconds after hitting send … BAM!

The sounds around you drop to a static buzz. Your stomach plummets an inch or two south. A cold feeling fills your torso and a firecracker of horror explodes somewhere inside your rib cage.

Looking at the “recipient” field of your irretrievably hurled message, you have but one thought in your cranium: “OH, S—!”

You’re not alone. In an AOL survey, 32% of respondents said they had forwarded an e-mail to the wrong recipient — and if we had to wager a guess, we’re assuming another 65% lied and the remaining 3% are living out their lives in rocky crevices, shunning both human contact and technology and emerging only occasionally from the shadows to take AOL questionnaires.

You see, switching up sendees is a pretty understandable error. The reply button is so darn close to the forward one, and what’s more, when you’re itching to spread the word about the latest harebrained move of Ida the Office Idiot, Ida’s name just might pour from your trembling fingertips into the “To:” field.

Nowadays, e-mail isn’t the only medium for majorly screwing up message-receivers.

In a window awash with Gchat exchanges, it’s all too easy to type a quick response into the wrong blinking convo. And, as Rep. Anthony Weiner showed us, and as Mashable reported, the difference between an @reply and direct message is also pretty important.

Via: CNN TECH.com

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