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Q1:When my people searches turn up email addresses, those addresses appear to belinks: They're underlined, and shown in the same color as other links. What are they links to?
A1: These links are called "email links" or "mailto" links, and they contain an email address. Some browsers are equipped to automatically open your email program when you click a mailto link in a Web page (see Hour 13). If your browser is so equipped, you can click a mailto link and immediately begin composing a message addressed to that person.
Q2:I was looking for Carla Jones, and I found three people with that name. How do I figure out which Carla Jones is the one I want?
A2: Well, first you should try new searches, supplying as much information as you reliably know about the person. For example, include the state where the person lives; doing so may exclude the other choices. Try running your searches on different tools; another tool may display more detailed information, enabling you to choose the right Carla.

If you still have several choices, send a polite letter or email message (never phone) to all of the Carlas, identifying yourself and the context in which you know Carla, and requesting that the right Carla reply. The wrong Carlas will ignore your message, and the right Carla will contact you (if she wants to).

In your note, say as little as possible, and be tactful. For example, if Carla is an old flame, consider the possible effect of your note on the boyfriends or husbands of the wrong Carlas when describing your relationship.


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