Why you should change the default email signature on your tablet (especially for business use)

For the love of god, change your tablet's signature!
By Kevin Michaluk on 16 Aug 2012 12:56 pm EDT

Yesterday morning I stirred the pot on twitter when I made the following tweet...

When I get an email from someone that says "Sent from my iPad" I immediately conclude that person places little value on their time. Agree? 

At face value and given my position as Fearless Leader of CrackBerry Nation, I'll admit the tweet comes off as harsh and fanboy-ish. Yes, I'm ripping at the iPad in it. However, my remark is actually true for all tablets, hence this follow up post to fully explain my rationale. Furthermore, my tweet was specifically geared towards people using their tablets for business, rather than personal use. I guess sometimes 140 characters just isn't enough to illustrate a point...

I picked on the iPad yesterday because I literally had just received a long email from somebody we do business with -- whose services we pay plenty of $$$ for -- who sent the message from their iPad. When I opened the email, the first thing that jumped out at me was that signature, Sent from my iPad. Before even reading the email but just looking at the length of it, the *first* thought that went through my mind was clearly this person isn't working hard enough for us if they have the time to tap this message out on a tablet. 

Feel free to call me a jerk for thinking that, but I couldn't help it. That's literally the first thought that went through my mind. And reflecting on it, that's the the first thought that always goes through my mind when I receive a long email sent from a tablet. Speaking to a few of my colleagues that I work with, they completely agreed with my sentiment. And throwing it out on twitter, well over 50% of the people who replied back agreed as well. As for the ones who didn't agree with me, it turns out they're mainly the ones who have yet to change their tablet's default email signature! But after this editorial, maybe they will.

Appearances matter in both "real life" and "digital life"

In "real life" and especially in business, people make judgement calls all the time based on presentation. How you dress, the car you drive, the way you do your hair... we still live in a world where appearances do matter. People take cues from these sorts of visuals and form opinions about people around them. It's one of the less appealing aspects of human nature, but it is reality. I don't think many people will disagree that if you want to be taken as credible and successful in your work / career / professional position, you want your appearance to match the expectations people have for that roll. Example - If you're heading to court, do you want your lawyer looking smart and trustworthy to the judge and jury, or like he or she just rolled out of bed?

Even in my roll I get reminded of the need to keep up appearances. As a "blogger" who's working from a home office in an online environment that's always trying to push the boundaries, I always figure I can get away with a casual don't give a frak look. Heck, I'm writing this post while sitting in my underwear. To me that's an expected and acceptable appearance for a tech blogger. But when I head out of that work environment, CrackBerry readers are quick to remind me in the comments that I need to change my appearance to match differing expectations... "Kevin, when you're going to talk to the CEO of BlackBerry and give interviews on tv, at least get a haircut and put on a blazer and tie... you want people taking you seriously!"     

The importance of keeping up appearances in real life is obvious. What I'm highlighting in this article, though not as obvious, is that appearances are important in your "digital life" too. This is especially true when it comes to email communications.


It happens. Thus, it's not such a far stretch to consider people may and will place judgement based on your email signature too.

On phones, using the default email signature is OK

Honestly, I'm not sure where the default email signature originated, but it's been around for a long time. Going back to my first BlackBerry, any email I sent from my phone by default always said "Sent from my BlackBerry Handheld Wireless Device". As newcomers entered the market, we saw them follow suit. Messages sent from the iPhone say "Sent from my iPhone."

From the manufacturer's standpoint, the reasoning for this default signature is FREE advertising. I'm sure, especially in their early years, it helped Research In Motion sell a lot of BlackBerry devices. As you send emails, you're telling the person on the other side what type of device you sent it from. It would be silly for the phone manufacturer to not put this in. It's the same premise as when you buy a car and the dealership puts a sticker on the back with the name of the dealership. As you drive your car around in everyday life, you're telling everybody where you bought your car from. Years ago I read a case study while in business school that examined this exact concept, and it placed the value of that car dealership sticker stuck on the back of a Porsche sold at a dealership in Los Angeles at $400,000 per year. Insane.

While it's definitely beneficial to the manufacturer in the form of free advertising, when it comes to the phone's owner, this default signature is actually a good thing. For one, when you're replying to an email via your phone, it shows the person on the receiving end that you are responsive. Even away from your desk, you're taking care of business. Secondly, it's a disclaimer. If your email is short or has the odd typo, it's accepted as being OK by the person on the receiving end because you're sending it from a phone. It's understandable that mistakes may happen when pounding out a message from a phone.

Even on phones you can always modify your signature -- it's up to the user -- but I fully give the thumbs up to the default signature on phones as they do serve a purpose. Personally, I leave the default signature intact on my BlackBerry.

On tablets, using the default email signature can be BAD

Unlike phones, which people carry around everywhere and use all the time, tablets are a different story. YES, some people will take their tablet with them everywhere. You will see tablets in public. But the majority of people are still using tablets in the same places where they would otherwise be using a laptop or desktop computer. Tablet sales statistics prove it. WiFi-only tablet sales outweigh cellular radio versions by a large margin. The majority of tablet use is still happening at home or in the office. And while tablets can be extremely productive, given the option of a computer or tablet, most people will look to the computer as the tool for productivity vs. the tablet which is more ideally suited for consumption. The average person is going to type way faster on a full size computer keyboard than on a touchscreen tablet.

In general, you're replying to emails from a mobile phone because you have to. You're away from your computer. As for tablets -- especially in the business use case I'm focusing on here -- if you're writing a long email on your tablet it's because you choose to, not because you have to.

Unlike the default signature on the phone, which subconciously tells the recipient you're responsive all the time and from everywhere (a good thing), the same isn't true of the tablet signature. To me, and the many others who have expressed agreement with my viewpoint, it gives off the appearance that you're a person who doesn't value your time. If you did, you'd head to a computer and pound out that email wayyyyy faster. Time is money. And if you're a person I'm paying to provide services, the last thing I want to see is time wasted. 

Of course, there are exceptions. YES, some people *are* mad fast at typing on glass. YES, you can use bluetooth keyboards with your tablet and speed things up a lot. YES, you may have to use a tablet for work and do not have a computer alternative to go to. But these are exceptions, and your default tablet email signature does not reflect those exceptions.

Change your default tablet signature. Do it. Do it now! 

Even if you disagree with my viewpoint here, not everybody does. So why take the risk of being viewed by others as not being productive when the solution is so simple? Just change the default email signature! It literally takes ten seconds. Turn it off and leave it blank. Or set it to be the same signature that is on your phone if you're prone to typos on your tablet and want to take advantage of a disclaimer. Or if you want to be consistent and have a disclaimer, change the signature on both your phone and tablet to say "Sent while mobile." The signature is there for the recipient, not the sender, and a signature calling out the name of the tablet you own ads no real value to the person receiving your email.

There is simply no useful reason to put into an email that you're sending it from a tablet other than wanting to give free advertising to the manufacturer or bring attention to the recipient that you own a tablet. Maybe if you work for Apple or BlackBerry it would make sense to (or are a shareholder or fan), or if you want to brag to others that you own a tablet, but these reasons are not relevant when it comes to sending emails for work. There's a reason you don't see "Sent from my desktop computer" accompanying emails. There would be no point. The same is true for tablets.

Changing your default tablet email signature is easy enough:

iPad: Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Signature 

PlayBook: Open Mail App > swipe down from top > Settings > Email Preferences > Select Account 

Change it. Change it now. If you're using your tablet for business and you're in a position where time is money, remember that appearances do matter in the "digital world" too.

/end rant 

Reader comments

Why you should change the default email signature on your tablet (especially for business use)


I think they were asking about having separate signatures for each account that is setup. If this is the case, the answer is NO, ios uses one signature for all accounts on the phone and tab.

Love it or hate it...

My BB and PlayBook read "from my BB" or "from my PlayBook" etc and proud to do so.

I go so far that ive changed my iPad and iPhone to "from my BB" or "from my PlayBook" :)

I too am proud to say "Sent from my Playbook."

I can actually type it from my BB keyboard. I do hate typing on a piece of glass.

I always change the default signature on my phone and PlayBook whether is personal or business (especially for business to add the necessary SEC/FINRA disclaimers).

Agreed. I immediately judge people as lazy and unprofessional when I see those signatures (unless I know they're a fanboy and probably are doing it to brag about the fact they're using that particular device).

Wow you must no well because that is exactly why I keep my sig on, to show off my pb. I have to disagree to a certain point, most people think of blackberry being a business tool, not a toy like an ipad, so you might get pegged for being even more serious if you keep the sig on any blackberry device
Just my 2cents

NO ONE thinks of the Playbook as a business tool. That is a joke. It's a PLAYbook meant for games, videos, and music. Only recently was native email even added. It is by no means a business tool! The iPad and Android tables have way more business tools than the playbook

Erm...OK marketing fail, you didn't get the memo. "Playbook" is a team game coach's book of tactics and strategy. And the reason for no native email was pure business: to ensure that e.g. politicians and bankers used their official account on their BB rather than a backdoor account, to comply with legislation. Only when the PB didn't sell to that market was native email introduced.

I don't necessarily see them as lazy or unprofessional. But, I do see them as taking more time to do something then they should have. Even in personal life this happens. My fiance showed me an email from her ex-husband's girlfiend once. The woman was complaining about some bs and about how she didn't have time or was rushing or whatever. Then at the bottom of the email I see the "sent from iPad" signature and went off on a tirad about how much bs she's talking since if she had enough time to complain by tapping away at a freakin piece of glass while assuredly near a computer, then she has enough time to do whatever she was complaining about. Had there been no signature or if it had been one that indicated a mobile device, I wouldn't have given it a second thought.

My personal feeling is that device-based email signatures are stupid. But for a different reason.

Why would I want to make a point of telling someone where I'm writing from? Why is it any of their business? Why should I advertise where I am or what I am writing with? To me, these device-based signatures are just attempts of services (gmail, yahoo) or companies (samsung, apple, RIM) to score free advertisement for their product. That really bothers me.

I have many devices. I write email from them all, and I want it to appear seamless to people I communicate with. I might start a conversation in Outlook at my desk at work, and then continue that conversation from my BlackBerry 9900 while I'm walking home, or sitting in front of the TV tapping it out on my PlayBook.

Part of the reason I like all these devices is that it is seamless. I can move from device to device and the conversation continues uninterrupted.

And to extend this, I do use signatures, but not device based ones. I have a signature that I use, and it is the same across all my devices, so it looks like all my messages come from one unified place. One signature for my work email address, and one for my personal one. They contain things relevant, like my name and job title, mobile and work number, and a link to my contactmonkey profile if they want all the rest of my contact details.

I do the same thing - 1 sign file for work emails, a different one for personal emails. It doesn't matter where I am or what device I'm on. Seamless transferability.

While I agree with you, there is the valid argument that these signatures allow the reader to understand any typing imperfections and brevity. People's writing styles can change from device to device.

I see your point, but I think its a polite/"professional" way of setting the tone of your message. Its also similar to an automated vacation response email.

Lets say you are away from your desk and your boss sends you an important email that needs an immediate response. Instead of a huge delay until you get back to your computer to reply, your phone's signature is basically telling him that: "hey, i got your message, im away from my desk, and I will get back to you as soon as possible."

Even if you reply without that signature, it gives off: "hey, i cant give you what you need right now because im doing who knows what, and will get back to you when I feel like it"

Also, you will not be forgiven of any spelling or grammatical errors when there is no device signature. Formatting is a big thing too. If I received an email with weird formatting and spelling I would really question your professionalism. All of this could go away with a simple "sent from my phone signature" lol

Also, when I send from my phone there is a reminder at the bottom not to send me large attachments. If I am out of the office, I am not going to read your 3Mbyte spreadsheet by return. Put it on the FTP server and I will get it when I am back.

I totally agree with you.

Sent using my Dell Latitude E4320 using Windows 7 64 bit on ADSL 4Mb connection :D

I'm with you on hating device based signatures, and I totally disagree with Kevin about them being OK on smart phones. I know people that have changed their default BlackBerry signature to "Please excuse any typos. Sent from my BlackBerry device" and it totally p*sses me off. It's tantamount to saying "I'm too f*ing lazy to bother to proof read my work, or care how difficult it is for you to understand what I'm saying because I'm away from my desk".

There's no excuse for that, whether you're typing on glass, thumb-keys, or a full keyboard. It would be pretty easy for me to turn out an incomprehensible piece of crap on my desktop computer, but I'd get fired pretty quick. And we should be holding people to the same standard while mobile. It's not 2001 anymore, and all of these phones have spell-check.

That's why I change my signature to the same one that's on my desktop for all of my emails

Sent from my BlackBerry PlayBook

I almost completely agree. The first thing I do with any mobile device I get whether it be a tablet or phone is remove the default email signature. I too want to seem seamless. I believe that if someone gets an email response from me almost immediately because I sent from some mobile device, then they think I'm simply quick to respond, not because I'm on the go or sitting in front of my computer. Telling them what I'm sending my email from essentially gives the other party a preconception of how I work. I don't think they need to know that. As long as I get the work done when the other person needs it then that should be satisfactory however I decide to work.

As far as the free advertising goes, well, I don't necessarily disagree with it. It happens all the time with everythinv else that having it on your email signature by default seems pretty natural. Every time you wear an Aero shirt or drink a soda with Pepsi witten all over it or do almost anything that involves anything, you're displaying free advertising. It's just going to happen. However, if I see that the free advertising is going to possibly make aomeone important to me think a way about me I don't want them to think, then I'm going to get rid of the advertising.

Spot on. I have the exact same sentiment towards e-mail signatures. If it's on a phone, I'm forgiving of typos, and it heightens my opinion of the other person because I know they mean business. If it's a tablet, it's the opposite effect. That said, I don't use the default signature on any of my devices.

If you don't think appearances are important, you're sorely mistaken. It's one of the reasons I worked so hard on how my startup (taab - http://taab.co) looks in the MintChip Challenge.

First impressions matter. Don't make the wrong one with something silly like an e-mail signature.

Me too. I have edited both my phone's & my PlayBook signature to personalize them, but kept them BlackBerry.

"Sent from John Smith's BlackBerry 9900"
"Sent from John Smith's BlackBerry PlayBook"

I do this because I am a proud BlackBerry user...."BlackBerry by Choice"

My real name is not John Smith & when it comes to business emails, I leave the signature on for the 9900 but remove it for the PlayBook

This post was written on my BlackBerry PlayBook ;)

Love it or hate it...

My BB and PlayBook have the sigs...im a proud owner!

I go so far that ive changed my iPad and iPhone to read "from my BB" and "from my PlayBook" :)

signature Troll

My signature is what it is at work, but also says "sent using BlackBerry PlayBook" just so people know that the tablet can be used for business purposes as well. But that's just me.

I take that one step further. When I owned an iPad (for personal use) I quickly removed the "Sent from..." because it felt like boasting. But I decided to leave it on my PlayBook specifically for the free advertising, as my own little attempt to help raise the awareness and acceptability levels of the PlayBook.

I never really thought about that from a tablet standpoint, and it makes a lot of sense.

I too keep the "Sent from my Blackberry" on my phone to let others know that im away from my desk, and to excuse any typos. This also gives off the fact that I want you to know that I feel your message is important to me, and that I want to respond/help you immediately.

For me it takes a really long time type out the simplest 3 sentence email on my Playbook, so I can definitely see your point.

In whole I agree with where you're coming from. I have to say, when I get and setup gadgets of sorts the FIRST thing I do is remove the signature. I can't stand any of them.

But, with me, it is mainly because I don't want people trying to keep up with where I am, or where I'm 'posting' \ 'emailing' my message from. Sad, but true...

PS: as always, you've written a bloody essay, haven't you :)

I'm not sure about this one. I just look at a tablet as another extension, so like the phone I think it makes you look MORE accessible. I really don't think its that big of a deal.

I sort of agree with you there. If I'm on my Playbook I'm often at home watching TV on the couch or something. I might not be near my computer and on my "off-time".

But if I get a work email pushed to my tablet and I pick-up my Playbook to send you a response right away, that means I've put my off-time on hold for a moment to respond to you, where as I could have left if for when I was back at my computer doing work stuff.

I guess it's all about how you look at personal time. I've gotten a few compliments for responding so quickly outside of office hours simply because I used my Playbook to send out a quick response. It was in my hand at the time, so it wasn't a big deal. Otherwise it would have waited until morning.

That's a good illustration of what I tried to say elsewhere; the lesson here is that no one should be making judgments from such a trivial piece of info . . give others the benefit of the doubt

I don't know the entire context of the situation, but it makes sense if the person is or has a position where he or she needs to be mobile. I am mobile a lot of the time, and I keep a bluetooth keyboard with me and dock it with my tablet so that in case I really need to respond to something I can pull it out and respond to it and get back without having to trudge out the laptop.

Devil's advocate here, but welcome to 2012, where we have bluetooth keyboards and personal wifi hotspots. I invalidate your arguments.

Also, the article was written by someone who took the time to post a picture of himself pretending to poop on an iPad.

That being said, at least it was a helpful article to teach n00bs how to change their email signature.

-Sent from my Commodore 64

You absolutely did not read my entire post where I address this 100%. Don't posts comments until you read my full editorial, otherwise your comment is not valid. I'll save that for my next rant. :)

Sorry, I don't know how you came to the conclusion that using a BT keyboard is an EXCEPTION. They're built into cases now for God's sakes, and it's not like his signature said "sent from my ipad and it took me all day to type this".

It's an editorial, I get it. It's "humorous", great. And yes, I know you said this applies to ALL tablets, etc. But honestly, it's time to stop literally crapping on the competition.

Technically, it's faster to type on an iPad with a BT keyboard than it is a blackberry, right? And it IS a pretty safe assumption that most people do not use a BT keyboard with their blackberry. So couldn't one argue that they typed it faster on an ipad than a blackberry?

You've made a lot of assumptions above.

That's the problem with subjective observations in our industry. And it isn't a problem that will be solved easily.

Kevin's point is you can't control what other people think of you. You know that a BT keyboard may or may not be faster than a blackberry, but the receiving person doesn't.

Want proof? I personally I don't believe a BT keyboard is faster than a blackberry. And that is based on my own preference (cuz I've own a BB longer).

You don't agree, but it doesn't matter, because I've already formed my own opinion.

Kevin, I love you.... but you're coming across as a total tool in this post/rant.

I can't speak to the defense of the person you were referring to, but I can tell you that from my personal experience when an employee of mine responds to my e-mails (especially during the weekend) from their iPad I know that they're doing work even when they're not at their desks at the office.

Lighten up. If the work gets done, and in a satisfactory and professional manner, what's the difference if it was done from a Mac/PC or a tablet and how the signature reads??

I'm talking about employee communication here. If that's your policy, cool. You know the drill. I'm specifically referring to external communication here. If I'm your customer, and your employees are emailing me fairly long emails during work hours with a signature that says "Sent from my iPad", I can't help but thing why doesn't the guy running this company buy them computers so they could type these emails faster. Like I said in the post, that's what naturally enters my brain.. not trying to be a tool. That's just the thought that happens. And when the solution is so simple and there are people out there like me who are going to think it, why the heck wouldn't you just get rid of that signature?! 

You're right.

However, I'd rather vendors, contractors, employees, etc., focus on providing exceptional service and quality of work/product than to focus on the minutiae of a tablet signature.

Bottom line is that if the work gets done, and is to your satisfaction, it should weigh more than a four letter signature.

Cheers for the entertaining post!

Exactly! Hence, just remove that signature.. it's 10 seconds of effort never to be thought of again :)

Glad you enjoyed the post. 

Yet, they could be more productive and save themselves 10 seconds by leaving the signature as is!

Still don't get why you the default signature "Sent from my 'device name'" gives the impression of someone being 'unproductive'. Unproductive, in my book, means not working or not producing. If someone sent you an email, a lengthy, business centric email at that, I'd say they were productive enough.

I keep my signature on the playbook and phone and make sure that i say it is send from my blackberry playbook tablet. I can type fast and efficiently on my playbook and take it everywhere i go.

I have actually received some replies asking about the tablet and if i like it, etc.

Although I understand the points made in the article it should be noted that replying from a tablet doesn't make you less efficient, less busy or lazy. It just means that i am completely mobile and trying to be as efficient as possible by using the technology that is available to me. If I have to modify a word doc or spread sheet, then i do it on the playbook and then email it from there with a description of what i have done or explaination of changes. Why would I be considered lazy or unprofessional for using the features of my tablet instead of waiting to get back to the office to sit at my computer to adjust a spreadsheet?

Just my 2 cents :)

+200 I have different signatures for each device and truth be told I'm always mobile with them all.

Sometimes I'll finish a email on my PlayBook only to pick up my phone and respond to another one. Either way they get sent out ASAP.

I wish I could send business emails from my PlayBook but RIM has still not fixed a bug in the OS that has been there for 5 months now!!!
CrackBerry wont even cover the issue I've asked 5 different times, everyone keeps ignoring it!! I don't read BGR because they would only talk about the negative, now I am starting to think CB only does the positive!

We cover the good and the bad. If you read the site, you know that. I just tasked Bla1ze to follow up on this. Hasn't been on my editorial radar.

Have you had your company IT peeps add your PB to the BB server?
I had them add my PB as authorized and voila, no issues.
Did the thing for my iPad on exchange, worked like a charm.

I get this doesn't solve the active sync issue, but why not just add it and get pushes properly.

When I answer an email from my phone or tablet i want people to correctly assume I am out of the office and am answering their emails on the run. Phone or Playbook same thing.

To Mr Kevin,
Your point " clearly this person isn't working hard enough for us if they have the time to tap this message out on a tablet. " does it also hold true if the person uses a bluetooth keyboard? And how did you know that the person is not typing lighting fast on bluetooth keyboard and not wasting and valuable time of your company/work ? please tell me I really want to know this secret.

And while you are saying that business email and personal email thing. What if I am a CEO of RIM (Just Kidding) I would surely use signature on my PlayBook :)

Sent from a Laptop (Work laptop, with no games installed)

I guess these are the type of articles we'll have to read on Crackberry for the next 6 months or so...until something actually happens.

I like to do these types of posts even when we have tons of BB news, etc. to do. You know news is only 10% of our planned editorial always, right? App reviews, accessory reviews, how tos, ranty editorials, humorous posts are all part of our regular content mix whether there's tons of device news or not. Been that way since the day the site launched. 


I'm going to assume this article is mostly a joke. Real people don't give a crap about this. "that person places little value on their time" and "clearly this person isn't working hard enough for us" reeks of the kind of douchebaggery they must teach you in business school.

I think this should apply to smartphones as well. I never like to advertise that I'm out of the office so my BB signature matches my work signature and with the spell check and word substitution you can be pretty accurate these days.


All of my signatures are the same for my work email address -- I don't use one for personal emails because I sign off personal emails differently depending on who I am emailing.

As long as I am responding quickly, it's irrelavent whether I am at my desk in the office, sitting on the beach, or sitting in my recliner in my living room. The job is getting done either way, and as long as that is the case, no one cares where I am located physically, or what device I am using to send them an email. I can perform my job from any of my devices, anywhere in the world, as long as I have either a WiFi connection or a cellular signal.

Also, if you actually proofread what you have typed before sending it, and correct any typo errors you may have made, there is no need of a disclaimer for typos :)

I use my Playbook as a tool just like a use my phone. I take it to client lunches, meetings, etc. In fact I would argue that my clients look at this positively since I'm willing to embrace new technology. At the end of the day the signature should just look professional. In my book this means provide contact info and even an explanation that you're typing on a mobile device (due to typos).

Now having said that, if Kevin were my client I'd change it cause I want the project. But that's what a good professional does...he/she adapts.

dammit, you're right. I've been doing it wrong all these years.

you should write a 1500+ word editorial calling me out on it! lol.  

No way I am going to change default signature on my PlayBook. People should know I have my tablet 'Ferrari'.

Oh, BTW, if you post on FaceBook, your device is also mentioned there. That's why I rather use BlackBerry and not my PC ;-)

I always turn off device signatures. I think they make an email/thread less readable and don't add any value beyond advertising. My impression of someone who uses a device signature is that either they were too lazy to turn it off, or they want me to know what their choice of device is...frankly, I don't care, nor do I use that as defining their personality or work ethic. I *will* judge your work ethic by the quality of your work and your willingness to support it.

If your email signature indicates you typed your email on a phone, I do not think you have great work ethic...you might, but you might also be a poor planner and/or a person who is rude to the people you are with in meatspace by replying to an email in their presence. There are many interpretations, it is overly simplistic to make a complete character judgement based on this.

BB fanboys seem to think that because of the advantages (real or perceived) provided by their device, they must be better and harder workers than people with other devices. I also think that BB fanboys *think* they work better and harder than others...I also think they're wrong. There is a certain company where almost everybody uses at least one BB...they can't get products out on time with the features they promised...just sayin'.

I use the "sent using xxxx" very specifically because it tells the recipient that I am not at a computer and don't have access to one (which is why I am typing on the Playbook/9900) so don't expect me to do a bunch of database queries etc. I can always change it if I want to but mostly I want people to know I am away from my computer (by the way, the Playbook uses my BlackBerry's default signature on my exchange/desktop account so I have to change it there).

Well if I type an email from Tablet then I am wasting clients time...but if the first thing that client looks in my email is the signature then i will say that they are not paying enough attention to my work(content of my email)

we have a playbook environment at my job, In my opinion having the signature demonstrates productivity in the work place.

Now if that isn't scraping the bottom of the barrel. Stop your bitching, you're just upset it didn't say sent from my play book. But it is your opinion.

Sent from my iPhone


Right on you hit the nail right on the sweet spot
It's funny because my boss asked me last night to change E sig to our company sig and that I could keep the sent from my bb pb. I will also add that at a little over 2.5 months of owning my pb my desk top and laptop are both experiencing separation anxiety from me my pb goes everywhere. With me business and pleasure with tethering and bb bridge I'm G2GO and after seeing how bb phones and playbooks go together like well I'll say peanut butter n chocolate all field staff will be getting playbooks.

Kevin, you are dead wrong on this one. People (other than fanboys) do not judge your content by the device you use but by the job you do and how responsive you are. I have dozens of C level contacts at the highest levels of business and Government, and never once was there the slightest doubt as to whether or not I'm working hard enough for them.... but they are impressed that I can turn around a response quickly - which is what the BlackBerry and PlayBook allow me to do. I've had quite a few of them ask me how I like the PlayBook and I've gotten into detailed discussions about them as a result. I'm in IT so that's a very good thing.

If your customer is worrying about your productivity in typing an email, then frankly they have bigger issues with you than wondering if you are sitting on a dock somewhere.

- Typed on my PlayBook with a RIM Bluetooth keyboard.

You are so right. Its the work and efficiency that matters not what tool was used to achieve it.

Kevin is just pissed because his client is using iPad not PlayBook :P (just kidding)

Typed on Glass
Sent from an iPad

Don't agree with this one Kevin, sorry. I think you have to examine all the possibilities before judgement. such as was this person on lunch / break / at home/ in the car on the way to an appointment. Might have stopped what he / she was doing and knocked out an email, which would suggest your bussiness was to important to wait.
As for me being a shareholder, and concious of the fact that most people see the BBPB and say what is that, I change the signature by adding my name and contact info but leave the tag line to get the word out. Some businesses are issuing tablets to make people more productive so why not use them. If a person sits down and knocks out the email from a computer at a desk do you care who made it. Plus I think more information is always better than less. I know presentation is important, but ultimately price and service will win the day, after all your comments would suggest that you cut your hair now rather than when BB10 hits markets.

One for the whole article, pathetic human nature, and heavily judgemental, sad we live in a world like this where a device signiture is frowned upon, and I know there's spelling mistakes in this, but I plainly don't CARE

The irony in this editorial did make me laugh, so thank you for that.

You're calling someone out for looking unprofessional because of the text (the default signature, in this case) they sent you? Kevin, based on the number of spelling/grammatical errors in this post, I can only assume you didn’t bother to proofread it. From that I immediately conclude that you don’t value *my* time.


Let's also talk about the professionalism displayed with brackish unkempt hair, unshaven appearances, smoking on video podcasts, childish mod behaviour and sexist sniggering (remember the whole PODCAST 69 + 1 duuuude!) along with the completely "professional" way podcasts are done every now and then on a whim.

It was OK when Crackberry was a amateurish job creator for Kevin - but I'd say it's grown into a fairly profitable business now. How about some professionalism to go along with it?

Pot. Kettle. Black.

Sent from my desktop computer at home, on the verandah, near the fireplace, with a cup of coffee and a scone.

I'm of like mind with the posters who indicated that they opt for uniform signatures, for seamless communication. The very first thing I did on my first BlackBerry was remove the signature. While everyone else wanted to show off that they were early adopters, I felt that no one needed to know where I was working from. I let my quick replies speak for themselves. I didn't need a signature to tell them that "I'm using a mobile phone to reply to you as quickly as I can, because I care about you."

Furthermore, abuse of the English language is not excused due to the medium for conveying the message. On the infrequent occasion where I've seen email signatures that plead for understanding of errors because they were being typed on a mobile device, my opinion of the sender dropped lower than it would have for merely sending a typo laden message.

If you are using your device for professional purposes, be professional about it. I don't need to know if you're sending from your hot tub on an iPad, a taxi on your BlackBerry, or a terminal in a server room at DARPA. I expect the same professional response regardless.

Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.

"the *first* thought that went through my mind was clearly this person isn't working hard enough for us if they have the time to tap this message out on a tablet."

That signature would also appear if it was typed on an iPad using a bluetooth keyboard.

Look at the substance of what is written, not what it is written on.

I changed the default signature to read sent state from "my name" BlackBerry and depending if it is may personal or business accounts I provide addtional information, i.e. title, business name, address, Facebook page, website etc. I will continue on my 9850 and on the 10 inch PlayBook when it comes out to set up my default in this manner because I am a proud BlackBerry user. This Iphone and Android arrogance should not make people not feel comfortable acknowledging that they are a BlackBerry user. I'm not trying to impress anybody, I am just proud to be a BlackBerry user. I have been in meeting and accomplished tasks much quicker and more efficiently on my 9850 than those with Iphones and Androids (some though it was an Android inside of its Otterbox case lol shocking and impressing those in the meetings). Also letting folks know that it is coming from your mobile device, will at times explain to the reader the reason for the brevity and conciseness of your response and demonstrate respect to the sender by responding, even while in transit (BUT NOT WHEN DRIVING) in a timely manner. I believe the default email signature should be personalized, but should not eliminate anything indciating that is coming from a BlackBerry device.

Best regards.

In an Article posted in the forums today about BlackBerry being more used than iPhones in the financial sector there was a second part of the article about Tablet business use


A clear majority (61%) of those responding said that less than 20% of their tablet use was related to work, while 33% said most of their time using a tablet (80-100% of it) was for pleasure.

People don't really use tablets for work, they are mostly pleasure items, the iPad very much is geared as a pleasure item, I don't find it remotely useful for my work, I play Team17's Worms on my iPad3 and that makes up about 80% of my usage.

I can't imagine anyone having the time to type a long email out on an iPad unless they had a good keyboard case, and if you've got that, why aren't you on your laptop? it's fare more useful

so true for me. I wouldn't trust sending any important email from my Playbook. I would reach for My Blackberry before typing an email on a tablet. I would wait until I got near a laptop if I couldn't send an email from my phone.

Well, if you having a boss who is paying attention to your signature, then you have a problem. Or, is you have a boss who does not care about it, will you point out that your colleague did not changed his/her signature. And he will say: "So what!?" And become you know what among your coworkers.
What about google style in office with a cats, dogs and hedgehogs. A few years ago it was unacceptable.
Leave it alone. On the phone or on the tablet. What counts is your job properly done.

Every time I see "Sent from my BlackBerry over the _______ Wireless Network", I instantly feel that the person has not taken the time to get to know their device, or are too lazy to change it. They advertise not only BB, but also the wireless carrier (at least with MTS and Rogers). There is no reason for that other than: 1. They don't know how to change it 2. They are too lazy. I tell people to at least modify the default one to reflect your name: ie: "Out of Office Reply from John Smith's ______". Tablet signatures I agree with Kevin, it comes off as lazy, or braggy. Like it or not, we are still in a transitionary stage. You walk into a meeting with a tablet, and people notice it and form thoughts (good or bad). A year or two from now it will be no big deal, but until then, don't draw attention to it.

First time that I've disagreed.

1. I assume most people focus on the content of my emails not the signature.

2. I want people to know that I am sending the email from my Playbook. If it bothers the recepient, then too bad.

First time I've disagreed with Kevin too. Seems like alot of time wasted over nothing. Even if I concede the main premise I think its more professional to have a well-written communication sent from an ipad than a somewhat immaturely worded rant (with mis-spellings) sent with an "acceptable" signature. I think your picking nits Kevin, if its an off-hand comment fine, but a full-length post?

Maybe change the iPad signature to say 'Sent from my iPhone' or Playbook to 'Sent from my BlackBerry Handheld Wireless Device'

Best of all worlds!


A signature from a professional service person should highlight their business not there device of choice. That way, you can't form an opinion about them about their pick of hardware. I recall years ago (manyyyyyy) how people that where applying for IT jobs with aol email accounts basically got thrown out (that was at least the OPINION of the managers where I worked), the reasoning was how could a self respected IT person use aol. It's a mistake to believe you will be treated equally by announcing what device you use and this can work both ways (positive and negative).

Personally I drop my device signatures. That way, people don't know where I am contacting them from. They just know I am responding, which is 1000% more important.

For business I get it off,,, for my personal emails i keep it,,,

Since I use bridge there is no issues because my 9900 is deleted as well for business.

I would've liked this post to have been edited better for grammar/spelling, I don't care on a tablet or not. Besides - who looks at someones signature if its a business related e-mail? Their name pops up in the From: field, only time I look at a sig is for a phone #

agree 100%. i didn't think people actually cared about this. i ignore signatures 95% of the time. if the content of said e-mail is on point, who cares about the signature?

Bold 9900 - Playbook 32GB - Lumia 800

I think keeping it professional is good with a professional signature, also leaving sent from my blackberry is good so the recipient knows you're on the move and still working, probably makes you look even more professional. The big question is either way, does that signature whether its from an iPad or PlayBook or C64 (love it!) make a difference to your bottom line? I doubt it very much! All the same Kevin, nice one, you broke the boredom for me with this one and boy do people get worked up over nothing!!

Interesting post that made me think. I was actually surprised I could be perceived as lazy for being quick, effiecient and doing excellent work using modern technology. I have gotten pretty fast typing on my PB, and a BT keyboard really puts me even with what I can do on my laptop.

I have modified the signatures on my Berries to both say sent from a PB (removed the Verizon advert) because I want it out there that serious business people use it. It is my little bit to support RIM.

This conversation is really about corporate culture and the meaning each of us places on thiings. To some "casual Friday" is acceptable, in other settings not. Both are right. In some instances, how a person dresses and grooms, the use of curse words, etc costs them standing in the culture they are opperating in. For others it is the norm. Look at Wall Street and Silicon Valley. How others view us is important yet there are cultural contexts. It is a red flag for me whenever someone makes a simplistic, black and white statement.

I sense that BB10 and what follows in the near future will do away with this conversation. I know this is the last laptop I will own, and won't miss lugging the thing around. I also think that voice recogniztion software will advance and I will be sending a lot more emails while driving. Remote access to my laptop, etc. is improving by the month.

OK, true confession about the bragginess part. There is a smug little part of me that gets pleasure when I am doing presentations via HDMI using my BB remotely and people in the room start trying to replicate what I am doing on their devices and can't. Call me small and mean. I'll work on that (not).

In the end, the outcome of this article is me examining how I can be less judgemental. It is OK with me that you use an iPad, Kevin. I know that it is only for "research purposes" LOL.

I totally dissagree! see thats the problem with this world everything is to much based on appearance which is BS. and thinking that just cuz someone choose to write back an email related to business on a table is laze or the person is not concentrating on work is a load of crap! what just cuz a tablet has a lot of things on it that are for personal entertainment that someone cant also to business on it. what you dont think a PHONE or a COMPUTER dont have games or dont have youtube on it cuz pretty sure they all do!!!! so to me it doesnt make a differance.

I have always removed any default signatures, I like to control the presentation of my image as much as possible.

I also must admit, that when i see a sent from my ..... I do judge that person as being unaware, that they still have a default signature ont their phone, kinda like someone who has a flashing 12:00 on their VCR, ( that should date me:)

I have a bold 9900, a playbook and outlook for my email, and all of them have a simple signature that I choose.

I love my blackberry



Sent from my Apple Newton

I guess I have a hard time distinguishing the difference between a tablet or a phone when it comes to an email reply. Both represent a "mobile" response. This line is particularly blurred for the PB, since you may be using your BB as a remote keyboard. And that brings up another point: at work I use my PB with a bluetooth mouse and a bluetooth keyboard - it's essentially a laptop. What's to say the iOS user isn't doing the same thing? A significant number of executives in the US federal space are now issued iPads, and I'm sure they're using them as their mobile computing platform, with perifs.

That all being said - I'll be honest, now that I know the perceived bias is out there, I'll remove the signature.

Not to nitpick (or be a spelling/grammar nazi), but since you are on the topic of appearances, so many people incorrectly use the word "roll" when referring to a duty/job/task. You did it twice in the section about appearances mattering in digital and real life. The proper word to use is "role".

Great post....although I'm not sure I 100% agree with you on the whole tablet signature topic.

+1. Spelling correctly is extremely important in professional and personal communications. I believe it is more important than the default signature issue. There are an incredible number of spelling mistakes out there these days. It can leave a very bad impression, especially if you do not know the person. How can you take someone seriously if they cannot spell properly? I understand that for many
English, for example, is not a first language. To my mind those people deserve a break but not so for those with English as their mother tongue.

A very good question, to that I say I use both. Below my signature (name, email, website, and city in some cases) I also keep the 'Sent from my Playbook (or Blackberry phone)'.

I do this for a couple of reasons. It tells the reader 'I'm on the road' or 'at the office' or simply 'I'm not at my PC (or laptop)'. It also sends my support for the product I'm using. I have no problem in promoting Blackberry or RIM and happy to brag about using their products. Keeping that tag line at the bottom of my email also informs the user I am a Mobile user. Not so much that I just emailed from a phone, but that I will use multiple platforms for business (and personal use).

Bill DeSouza
Ottawa Canada
- Sent from my PC -

it's not the autosigs in e-mails that makes people look unprofessional, it's the time wasted obsessing over a silly Tweet and the resulting backlash that truly shows how distracted, trivial and self-absorbed we are.

The only time I wouldn't use a closing signature like this is if it said, "Sent from my Blackberry" - the emails I receive that state they are sent from a Blackberry tell me that, a.) they are paying for their own cell plan or, b.) the company they work for will not pay for up to date equipment.

Hehehe ...

I change ALL my signatures on all my gizmos including my Outlook/Exchange to say ...


Uberman X (via BlackBerry Playbook)
Uberman X Systems Inc.
(555) 555-2204

Mind you with my "real name" and contact info and not my pseudonym of Ubermanx.

If you are typing on the playbook bluetooth keyboard as I am now, I guess it's not an indicator of too much time on your hands... it could be interpreted as always being connected and responsive to your customers. I suppose whomever sent that email may also have a keyboard, but the BIGGEST sin is to give free advertising to a multi-billion dollar company. They can sponsor my sent mail for 2 cents a message if I'm going to advertise their products in my email sig: it is for that reason that I peel CPU / OS stickers off my notebook PCs and never EVER wear designer or logo clothes that turn me into a walking advert for someone. The exception is my BB9810 sig which reads:

Sent from my BlackBerry Torch 9810, which I prefer to Android and iOS devices. Ask me why!

Totally agree with Kevin on the business side.

For us who use our PBs for entertainment, 'Sent from my BlackBerry PlayBook' is our battle cry to let the world know we don't all use ipads, let the tablet prosper and arrive to glory when BB10 comes out.

I couldn't give a crap where/what you're sending your message/email from. I really don't want to know. Just send it.

the signature started with a confusion of device compatibility. when smartphones were green it was unknown if files and some data line would make it to the device, and would be made visible to the receiver, the signature was to make known the device that was being used. It is still used for these purposes, for instance, if someone sees "sent from my blackberry bold 9930" at the end of an email, they are not going to send you a 200 pg analysis for revisions. tablets are a little bit of a gray area, this person would use their judgment in sending this kind of file (ie what draft is this revision in, are there many comments, how priority is this....). knowing exactly what device the user has elected to use allows for senders to properly identify compatibility.

I do agree with what Kevin is saying. However, sometimes it's pretty amazing to get someone to turn on their device let alone change their email signature! Just face it we all know somebody that is E-tarded. The people who often use default signatures will have everything set to defaults ie. Wireless Router Password, Bank Pin's, etc..etc... Let's keep things simple for them as this as how they like it. Can you imagine an iphone/iPad user having an option to press more than one home button? Let's just think about that one....scary!

Sorry I disagree with your perception Kevin. Maybe your supplier has an accessory keyboard with an the iPad that's as good as typing on a laptop or desktop. Hopefully it wasn't just an email template!

I've removed the signatures from all device emails because I don't need or want clients knowing where or how I sent them. "Sent from my..." to me says wanker or ignorance. One of my colleagues believes it tells clients he's on location so that can excuse the email having brevity, typos or grammatical errors.

I have to jump on this one because I'm not quite sure whether anyone has thought of this, but may echo a similar sentiment. I am a proud Canadian and proud owner of BB and a PlayBook, however, this angle may have been missed.

The fact is, regardless if it is "Sent from my iPad" or "Sent from my BlackBerry PlayBook" it's very clever marketing. Take the emotion out for a moment and think about the free advertising that both RIM and Apple, as well as other companies, are gaining from this little snippit via email. There's the "Ah-hah" moment! Everytime someone types an email on a PlayBook or another tablet, the receiving individual on the other end, whether they read the very bottom of the email or not, a good percentage of people will, and they will see, "Sent from my BlackBerry PlayBook". The more it is repeated, the more it sticks in your head. It will be distributed to office emails, personal emails, even other companies. The more annoying it seems to someone, (no matter how lazy these people are at an attempt to change their signature) the more this free advertising works! In this case, positive or negative, whether you like it or not, it's free advertising for the companies manufacturing the product.

Take a survey of how many people, whether they realize it or not, leave this signature tag on the bottom of their emails? If you were a company employee for the tablet manufacturer, wouldn't you love to see your name out there being used??

That my friends, it priceless marketing... and it's worth lot's! The fact that there is even a discussion on this very issue will help a consumer form an opinion about buying a tablet or product. The ones that do, this as well as other contributing factors helped RIM, Apple, Samsung's bottom line. You bought it!

I work in commercial sales and there's no way I'd ever let my client see my signature from i-pad (PB is too small). It would conjure up images of me emailing them from Starbucks (which I probably am, but can't let clients know that). However I used to leave my BB signature on my Bold just because it did show that even if I was on my way to meet with another client, I would still take the time and go the extra mile to email them back.. Even from my phone.
It is all in how you market yourself and how they perceive you.

Nice Post Kevin!

Everytime I think that you have fully shown me how inteligent you are, you just keep outdoing yourself! People today just don't realize the sad but honest reality when it comes to general communication or just simple first impressions related to business.
Reading CrackBerry.com on a daily basis not only satisfies my urge for BlackBerry related news, but it also educates me on things that are very important in the business world.

You are a very smart person CBK! Thank you for that!


I don't like using the default signatures on any of my devices. That being said I could care less if someone elses' says from "my ipad, PlayBook" etc. It has no real bearing on that persons commitment to the task at hand. It may simply be what they prefer to work off of.

I think the fact that a person is making such big assumptions and conclusions is a bigger issue but I guess it's better to just change the signature than have to deal with people judging you based on it.

I get what they mean here with the whole free advertising thing. It's all companies care about, making money. Very few care for the customer. All they want is the money in his/her pocket. I have a pair of Etnies skate shoes that I wear regularly. One night after work I stepped out into the snow and voila! There in my footprint was the giant world ETNIES. Like yeah, woo hoo, someone with Etnies on was walking through here. Honestly, I hear brand names all the time, but if there is no way to tell the benefits of such brands, and just the name, a name doesn't make things interesting. Even on the bottom of your shoe.

The reality is many people use their tablet because its more convient. I personally use my tablet interchangeably with my phone. I have long since changed my phone signature. But like many others I leave my PlayBook signature to promote the PlayBook (since RIM is clueless how to do so). It is rare I don't have my PlayBook with me since it fits easily in my pocket so it is just as portable as my phone. Perhaps Kevin you have the IPad in mind. I say this not as a hater but I think it's use might differ from the PlayBook's due to it's size. Remember if it's bridged you don't need Wifi to send emails. So even being Wifi only here in the States to me its just as portable as my phone and thus it differs from the larger IPad. I think you were correct in a previous article when you pointed out the IPad has its own market and then there are all the other tablets.

Kevin, I'm on the fence on this one. I'm not sure I consider a "sent from my ____" as being very professional. BUT!!!! The tablet user may not be very techie or may have been told by IT that he isn't allowed to change anything & they screwed up in not fixing his sig.. Giving him the benefit of the doubt, here's my take: this guy is so lazy that, even though he's out on the road, he thinks it's important to communicate something or respond to you quickly, without waiting till he gets back in the office. That's more important than any sig in my book -- worth contract extension.

So, here's my question. Did you just rant to blow off steam or did you actually help this gentleman fix his sig? If you didn't communicate with him, then whose fault is it when he replies quickly without going back to the office, but has a sig that drives you nuts?

The people that are actually busy don't care about signatures, their only concern is about the content of the message. The quality of signature is shine and polish. If you're part of a larger enterprise with specific communication standards, you should follow those. Otherwise, who cares?

For personal use I agree Kevin. It's just free marketing. However, for business I don't agree. I want to see if a person is mobile. I deal with a lot of outside sales guys. If they didn't have that on their email, then I would probably ask them to send me the quote I need thinking they are in the office at their computers. I asked one guy about it and he was given one by his company because it's smaller, lighter and able to access email and websites if he needs to while out of office. Laptops are to big and heavy for this. But I can see your point if the job requires someone to be sitting at a desk all day.

Oh and if it said "Sent While Mobile" that's just changing your thoughts. I like that idea as it tells people you are away from desk but doesn't tell you how they are typing it.

I don't think someone should be judged as lazy based on the context of sending an email from a playbook. I am a person who walks with my playbook everywhere I go for example. And in areas with wifi I'd prefer respond via the playbook than a mobile phone. Ease of use. However. In context of corporate correspondence, I think it's inappropriate to have all this free advertising passing around between you, your co-workers and business associates. A standard "regards" is more suitable in this context.

I still keep the Sent from my Playbook part but I have my signature that I use when I'm on office; for me, it keeps people aware that I am no longer at the office and my capabilities are limited but to answer emails only. (since I really don't and wouldn't work at home)

i haven't read all the comments so excuse me if this has been said already...

WTF? Really, at a time when mobile computing is rapidly changing and us crackheads are figuring out ways to leave our PC at home and travel only with Playbook and BB, we're passing judgement on people actually using their mobile devices (smartphone, phablet, tablet) to communicate with... OMG, what will happen next...

This discussion is a bit parochial, and i'm middle aged, so i know from whence the thinking comes, its that good old calvinistic work ethic that imbues our culture... oh, tablets are entertainment devices, and as such anyone using them for business is slacking... lets get with the program, the future is upon us and its the same future that almost quashed RIM. If you want to change the tag line on your signature or not have a signature or whatever, it doesn't really matter, and i would bet that in less than 2 years we won't even think this way anymore. Its the folks that make that this transition sooner that stand a chance of truly "intercepting the future".

Rock on BB10 !!!!!

Kevin, I’ve read your post twice and I must say I can’t agree what anything you’ve said.
First, this is not an attack on you.  My response is meant to taken the same voice as your post.
What about professionalism?  You didn’t edit this post for spelling and grammar?  You’re telling me more about your level of professionalism with this post than whatever you have listed in your email signature.  If I were paying you for this type of work…cancel my subscription and refund my money!
(I also completely agree with an earlier commenter; that you do not edit your work shows you do not value our time, the readers of your site.)
Regarding your premise and conclusion…what?!? You’re concluding THAT from my signature?
Why stop with “I must be lazy and not value time”.  What other erroneous conclusions can we reach?
“Sent from my iPad” means I’m over-charging my customers!  I could have bought a heavily-discounted Playbook and typed the same message.  Or I could have used a Kindle Fire at ½ the cost and passed the savings onto them.  What about a Net Book?
My desire to reply quickly must mean I rush through my work? Or it means I’m not that busy and I have too few customers.
No, wait. Using an iPad means I don’t multi-task!
Replying via my iPad signals I prefer turtlenecks and blue jeans to any other form of office attire???
Where does this insanity end?
Another thing.  How long has the iPad been out…28 months?  How long have we seen “Sent from my Blackberry” in emails…12 years?  Why are you rankled by this now?  Kevin, can we conclude whatever you would like us to believe, your post means your iOS envy is showing?
Finally, you’re a die-hard RIM and Blackberry guy.  We all get it and it’s respectable that you fight for “your” platform. 
However, as the company and platform are burning down around you…don’t you have better things to say / more important things to opine / bigger dragons to slay?
BTW, here’s a signature you might want to adopt…
“Thanks for reading-“

Thanks, you saved me a lot of typing!

Kevin - you're capable of some great posts. This is not one of them. Jerk! :D

I agree with you, the signature should be changed.
However; Your premise isn't totally accurate.

You said the main issue was the persons time in being able to type so much on a tablet.

Ipad has great voice dictation.

It is very accurate, and easy to speak (perhaps the reason for the long email to begin with) what you want to type.

So, in reality - they may be using their time VERY effectively by not typing at all!

I just don't give a damn. People who know me know that I always have my iPad or PlayBook when I'm on the go, which I am most of the time, and no matter what device I use it has my name as a signature and the device signature. I fthey have time to critique my signature, then what I had to say flew right over their heads anyway which tells me they are the lazy and unfocused one.

-sent from my BlackBerry PlayBook.

I don't forgive typos or grammar even when sent from a tablet or phone. Failing to change the signature is just lazy.

I agree. Spelling and/or grammar errors resonate more with me than the signature does. If someone has a "Sent using mobile device X" autosignature, I might be more inclined to cut them some slack on the errors vs thinking they are sitting at their desk sending me an email from their laptop/pc and were just too lazy/dumb to use spell check.

*Sent from the best tablet on Earth (my BB PlayBook)*

That's it, it shows someone isn't being efficient with their time? Kevin, the whole premise of your argument sorta falls flat if someone is making a quick reply.

I send work emails at all hours of the night. It wouldn't happen if I had to open my laptop.

I'm keeping my Bold 9900/PlayBook signatures! I like to remind people that BlackBerry still exists :)

The only signatures I don't like seeing are the i-ones

Several thoughts-

1: great f-ing post
2: I don't send emails from my playbook and for good reason. To me the playbook is 2 things, first a toy/web browser... Pretty much what my laptop was before I got the pb, secondly an extension of my bb. But still even with the playbook plugged into my tv and remote already running it is much more efficeint to hit end and use my 9900. I can type fast on my pb, at least compared to any other tablet, but nothing compares to the keyboard on my 99. Only if I am getting into an email as long winded as this post will I use an actual computer. I assume most people aren't like this yet but I have no need for a computer anymore. The things I need are more than satisfactory on my mobile devices.
3: I have been thinking about this one for a while, what do I do when bb10 comes out. I am pretty sure I want to check out this new touch screen keyboard, but will I lose some of the massive functionality from my 99? Idk I am a little concerned but I do love the idea of the new keyboard setup.
4: email signatures suck. I don't understand why anyone would leave any default signature on. There should e a law against even having default signatures. If your name doesn't contain your name or contact info and you're not a 14 year old girl you shouldn't have a signature.
5: people are stupid. Kevin, I 100% agree. With that said a lot of people are either to stupid, lazy, or just plain tapped out to even think about removing the default signature. This shouldn't make you feel any better about these people its just truth.

If anyone is tempted to say something about reping "sent from blackberry" just don't.

You know I've never thought deeply about email signatures. I have separate emails for each of my needs which are personal, work, and school. The people I correspond with know which emails are personal or work so I have never bothered with signatures. I usually just type the same thing in each email with the same format.

While I agree with Kevin and this article I also disagree at the same time. I was one of those exceptions who carried around a tablet everywhere I went. I did not have a smartphone with 3g/4g access until a few days ago. The sole reason I kept my tablet with me 99% of the time was to utilize Wi-Fi to respond to people as quick as possible. I don't expect people to forgive my bad grammar when sending an email on the phone. But the signature does allow the recipients to know why the email had grammatical errors.

Now that I read this article and have a smartphone i have gotten rid of the "sent from playbook" signature. There is no need to carry a 7" tablet everywhere when I have a 4.8" phone with me at all times. I still won't change the signature on my phone because it can let the recipients know I am away from a computer "aka" home. That way they won't waste their time trying to find me there.

I can't help with wrong grammar sometimes, revisiting the rules and remembering them are the only things I can do. But at least spelling won't be a problem with spell check. On one hand I am more lenient of grammatical errors when I know the sender used their mobile devices. There are people like me out there so I keep my signature.

Everyone has their own belief so i respect them all.

- Sent through my crapphy CenturyLink DSL


Another way to think of people sending emails with the default signatures is that they don't care about the default signature as long as they can give you a response as quick as possible with any device

And I thought Apple fanbois were bad enough with their worshipping at the alter of Apple, but apparently the reverse is also true with Blackberry fanbois being brainwashed into the cult of Blackberry; a cult that believes if your not using anything other than a Blackberry, your not a professional nor are you a good worker.

Come on, do you honestly think that just because someone has an Ipad and they type a long email on it, that they are not busy enough at work? That's just an utterly absurd, assenine and quite frankly naieve comment to make.

On second thought, maybe what I'm annoyed at is how much we, as fans of RIM, grouse about the hatred, complaints, mockery, jokes, and so forth that are levelled at us as being Blackberry fans by Apple fans. But what usually sets us apart from them is that we dont in turn make disparaging remarks about Apple; that is, we have class.

This article, with its premise ultimatley being that people who use Ipads dont work hard enough, is classless.

im just being proud owner of BLACKBERRY PLAYBOOK. i want people to know that im using BLACKBERRY PLAYBOOK. i will not change the signature of my BLACKBERRY PLAYBOOK. kevin i think sink an inch about this signature thing on BLACKBERRY PLAYBOOK

I think we should all be using the original text at the end of our signatures. That way we provide good advertisement of the usage of the BlackBerry Playbook.

Play it loud. Play it Proud. Playbook.

I just wanted to say that I have an iPad and a different vendor for mobile phone. I have changed the default signature on both of them because I feel it ads a little bit of personalization to the emails I send from those devices. I don't like reading "Sent from my iPhone" or "Sent from my Blackberry" or "Sent from my Droid Razer Maxx on Verizon's 4G network" in the tag line. I'm sure that my mobile signature is just as distracting though, so I guess I'm a hypocrite.

I dont agree with the fact that someone sending a long mail from a tab is not working hard enuf. You either know how to type fast on glass or you dont. I personally prefer the qwerty but have seen colleagues on iphones typing just as fast if not faster than myself on their phones.
I have made a business trip away from the office for over a week and didnt want the weight of a laptop so went with a 10 inch tab and typed away on it sending mails, preparing presentations etc.

Interms of the "Sent from my BlackBerry", well im a proud owner and user and more than happy to make free publicity for BlackBerry.

Sent from my BB9900 bridged to my PB

I agree with the premise that the signature line of an email should not be "sent from my.....", but I disagree with the reasoning. IMHO, the signature line of an email should generally convey the name of your company, and perhaps some contact information. I generally attach my name, company name, phone number, fax number, website url and skype username. This is, again IMHO, a helpful signature. The idea that my email signature should annouce anything else is ridiculous. After all, you woudn't write a business letter and sign it anything other than with your name, so why should an email be any different? You end a call with "goodbye". You end business correspondence by signing your name. ANd you should end an email with your name and other contact info so that if a business contact wants to reach you by a more personal means, they can.

"Sent from my phone." and "Sent from my tablet." -- Those are my signatures; no free advertising for anybody.

Yep agree signature is only set up on my Bold. However thanks to your article I checked and the PlayBook added its on signature quite cheekily. They should ask you if you want that to happen. Great post and rant.

"..But the majority of people are still using tablets in the same places where they would otherwise be using a laptop or desktop computer..."

Like at home? So someone is responding to your email from home, in their living rooms, while they are actually relaxing.
Says "I care" to me.

So how do you know they don't have one of those fancy schmancy keyboards hooked up and can type relatively fast?
A lot of presumptions here.
I would judge people more on if they know the proper way to spell words, like "there/their" , 'no/know", "its/it's", "two/to/too" or that "a lot" is two words.

Verey superficial. I have lost some respect for you.

Must have been a really slow day at the office in the world of blackberry if this is the best that the author of this article could muster.

nice article and perspective Kev! I'd have to agree with you on this one. Everytime I see that "Sent from my iPad" sig it just looks like they're bragging

Excellent article, I make sure mine is the original signature you included kevin, the ones from the first blackberry. :D

It sounds old school and nice too!

I always make sure to check for spelling errors and typos before sending/submitting/posting anything.

Thanks for the chuckle, Kevin. This article must have been the most pretentious pile of you know what I've ever seen! Chaulked full of judegments and assumptions. I use my Playbook, equipped with the bluetooth keyboard for virtually all of my personal and work use when not in the office and don't skip a beat on the time it takes in comparison to a notebook or desktop. Suggesting those who disagree are those who haven't changed their signature would be accurate, yes, because we are efficient with our devices and see no point to simply pander to your misconceptions. Although, I'm sure the point of your comment was to marginalize anyone who doesn't share your opinion.

Speaking of wasting time. How about someone who writes a 15 paragraph opinion on e-mail signatures? You really thought this one through, Kev. What's funnier is someone paid you to do this. This was absolutely hysterical!! Add another line to the idiot list!

At my desk, I have Outlook setup with a signature: My name, company and phone number.

I only use Bridge Mode with my Playbook and 9930, so the email is actually coming from the BB, but I use Word Substitution to customize it. Part of the reason is to let people know I'm not at my desk and part of it is to advertise the capability's BlackBerry devices provide.
My BB signature is
My Name
Sent from Fast & Reliable BlackBerry
via Alt-N Mdaemon BES

If I'm typing it on my Playbook, It's like this:
My Name
Sent from my Powerful, Portable
BlackBerry Playbook

Otherwise if I see someone sent a message from their iFad, I know it's not putting the email into their Sent Items on the server, only in Sent Messages on the iFad. I'm also reminded that iOS is so lame, you can't have a different signature for each email account.

I didn't have enough time to read everyones comments, but frankly I don't see the harm, although it is simply there for shamelessly free advertising.

When I reply to emails on either my Blackberry or Playbook, it always appends the signature and everytime I've used it for business purposes, it has resulted in the client always thanking me for even finding the time to reply to emails on the move, and outside of agreed hours.

Without that signature, they may have noticed the hours part, but they certainly wouldn't have noticed I was away from my computer at the time of sending, making it more difficult to reply.

Probably just me who thinks that way, but my clients react positively to it.

"Even in my roll ..."
In an article on projecting a professional image this really is ironic. :)

Important especially if you shuffle media and documents around. I know some devices don't support certain media types so the signature helps me avoid incompatibilities. Who cars about terrier fanboy polls anyways.

Lots of people write e-mails on the go. I don't think you're a jerk for suggesting this, just that maybe you are focused on some inane garbage. Relax, everyone that has an iPad or iPhone knows this is the default behavior.

Personally, if someone makes a special signature, it makes me think they might be a vacuous idiot. I'm probably not the norm here, but I really don't care about typos, they happen when you type a message with your thumbs. I'd say that the person typing you a message on their iphone or ipad is probably on the go. Good or bad, why would anyone really care about this sort of thing?

It kind of sounds like hypersensitivity and overblown self-importance to me.

I just realized that I'm posting on a 6 month old topic, I'm an idiot too. hahahahaha

I disagree with you because in my case, I access my business email from my tablet only after my working hours when I'm at home. While I'm at the office, I only use Outlook which I don't use while at home.

So in my case, this shows the person on the receiving end (if I do choose to reply from home) that I am reponsive and taking care of business even away from my desk and off my working hours ;)

Wait a sec....what did you say?
Can't type faster on touch screen?? I am 23 and I am sure you are not! A touch screen types wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy faster than a typical boring keyboard which means one actually SAVES time by typing it out like this.
Google and Android voice typing and predictions even makes typing way faster.

For expressive people, they don't plan out that they are going to write a longggg mail. It happens!
Even if they are on a 'have to' device like a phone or a tablet.

P.S: The spelling for a 'role' is a ROLE not a roll. From where I come from, a 'roll' is what you eat.

P.P.S: It is really sad and sickening that people in business can have such sickening prejudices for no reason!
(It's someone who's really trying to do your job wherever he is, and you are blaming him?I guess you are simply getting it all wrong.)

Here is my proposed solution: change the signature to "Sent from my mobile device"

If you misspell something, or the formatting seems off, you will not be seen less professional since the blame will be transferred to the device and not the author.

I just wanted to comment, since this rant was all about appearances, that you should take care to use words correctly. You know that it appears that a writer is uneducated or ignorant if he misuses words.
(roll vs. role)