What Does "Cc" Mean in a Text?

By Julius Vandersteen

If you have recently started using text messages to communicate with people, you may have noticed a field labeled "Cc" and wondered what it means. You could see "Cc" when you compose a new message, or when you receive a message from someone else. People use "Cc" when they want to send the same message to more than one person.

Text Messaging

You use text messaging to transmit short messages to your friends, family and colleagues with a cellphone, enabling you to communicate when it's not practical to speak to one another. Typically you select a person's name from your contacts list when you want to create a new message. You type your message and then send it, and your recipient can read it at her convenience. You can send a text message from your cellphone or from your computer.

Carbon Copy

If you want to share some information with more than one person, you don't have to retype your words in separate text messages. Instead, you use the "Cc" (carbon copy) field to add one or more additional recipients. Each person who receives the text message will see the names of the other people getting the message, which is useful when you want to make sure everyone knows that they are receiving the same information.

Blind Carbon Copy

A variant of the "Cc" field is "Bcc," which stands for "Blind carbon copy." When you type someone's name in the "Bcc" field, she will get a copy of the message that you are sending to the contact listed in the "To" field, but the primary recipient will not be aware that you are sending a copy to the second person.

Considerations

You should be careful when you send a message with recipients in the "Cc" field, because some of your recipients may not want their names revealed to the other people who are getting a copy of the message. For example, people who work for two rival companies might not be happy to see that you are sending a proposal to both of them simultaneously. Instead, you could use the "Bcc" field and keep confidential all the recipients who are getting a copy of the message.