TODAY   |  November 29, 2012

‘Reply-Allpocalypse’: NYU student emails 40,000

The TODAY anchors chat about an incident being called the “Reply-Allpocalypse,” involving a student at New York University accidentally sending an email meant for his mother to nearly 40,000 of his classmates by hitting “Reply All,” resulting in thousands of replies before the chain was shut down.

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>>> well, ever hit reply all on an e-mail accidentally? a student at new york university did that on monday when he was trying to forward a message from the school to his mom.

>> what happened, instead, it went out to nearly 40,000 students and led to what's being called reply-allpacolypse. can you imagine this young man's fear when -- first of all, it wasn't anything --

>> thank goodness it was nothing that embarrassing.

>> goes out to 40,000 students.

>> and then people start replying to it so the chain goes on and on and some people are snarky, some people are funny. there's an example. would you rather -- rhetorical question, would you rather fight 100 duck-sized horses or one horse-sized duck?

>> i'll stop if he stops.

>> education is wasted on you. you cannot learn. you're lost.