TECH TIP – Listservs
First of all, what are they?
I go to my trusty Google – define:listservs.
“A listserv is an electronic mailing list. They are usually subject specific
and members of the list must ‘subscribe’ to it in order to receive and send
email to the list.”
Second, no it is not misspelled – despite my
trusty Word spellchecker underlining the word in
red every time I type it – it is
spelled without an “e” at the end.
A listserv is group of people who have a
common interest in a subject area. They subscribe
to a listserv and then communicate with each other by email. When one person
in the listserv sends an email to the listserv, everyone in
the listserv can read it. If one person sends a question to
the listserv, anyone in the listserv can respond to it and everyone in the
listserv can read the response. You can learn a lot of stuff in a listserv -
or just have fun!
There are literally thousands
of listservs on virtually any topic…music, sports, quilting, dieting,
politics, parenting, cooking, gardening, health, education…practically any
topic has a listserv. If you want to find a list of listservs on a particular
topic, go to Google and type in list of listservs +[the topic]. Example:
list of listservs +classical music. There are dozens of
listservs to choose from.
If you join a listserv, be prepared to get
a lot of email – if there are a lot of people in the
listserv, and if they like to communicate with each other. I have been on
listservs that generate 50 emails or more a day and some that
generate one email a month. You subscribe
to a listserv simply by sending the listserv your name and your email
address. You can subscribe either by email or throught the listserv’s website
(if they have one). In a day or two, you will begin receiving the listserv’s
daily emails. If you don't like the listserv, simply unsubscribe.
A lot of listservs post the emails on the
internet. These “archives” can then be read by anyone, even
if you are not a member of that listserv. In the 1990’s, I belonged to a
listserv called EdTech (stands for Educational Technology). There are over
3500 people in that listserv. If you click on the link below,
you can actually read a “post” that I sent the listserv in 1996 in response to
a question someone submitted. (Notice what platform I
used back then)
OK – here are some links to check out.
And, yes, the non-educational listservs - go
to Yahoo they have a huge list of general listservs on virtually any topic.
One final hint on listservs: When you
subscribe to a listserv, the email may get overwhelming –
especially if it is a very active listserv and you get more than just a few
emails everyday. You can set up your email client to have your listserv
emails placed right in a special mailbox (folder) as you
download your email. They won’t all get dumped in your Inbox.
You can then read them at your leisure. In Outlook Express,
you do this through Message Rules (in the Tools drop-down