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Sunday, 4 January 2015


The first electronic mail, or "email", was sent in 1972 by Ray Tomlinson.

It was also Tomlinson's idea to use the @ sign to separate the name of the user from the name of the computer.

Queen Elizabeth II sent the first royal email on March 26, 1976. It was sent from the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment, a telecommunications research center in Malvern, England. Her username was "HME2." (Her Majesty, Elizabeth II).

The first unsolicited bulk commercial e-mail (which would later become known as "spam") was sent by a Digital Equipment Corporation marketing representative, Gary Thuerk on May 3, 1978. Thuerk sent the message to 393 people who used the ARPANET address, an early version of the internet, on the west coast of the United States.

An email box folder littered with spam messages

CompuServe launched the first consumer internet service on September 24, 1979, which featured the first public electronic mail service.

In 1989 Compuserve email interconnected with NSFNET, which had been created to link researchers to the nation's National Science Foundation -funded supercomputing centers. This gave CompuServe users had email access to the Internet, using their user ID in the form - where the comma in the original ID was replaced with a period.

Hotmail service was one of the first webmail services on the Internet. It was founded by Sabeer Bhatia and Jack Smith, and commercially launched on July 4, 1996. The name hotmail was chosen because it contains HTML, and was originally styled HoTMaiL

An old Hotmail inbox layout embedded in Microsoft Outlook

In 1997 Sabeer Bhatia and Jack Smith sold Hotmail to Microsoft for an estimated price of $385 million.

The voice of AOL (the guy who said "You've Got Mail!") was only ever paid $200.00 for his work and gets zero residuals or royalties. He now drives for Uber.

The Storm botnet, a botnet created by the Storm Worm, sent out a record 57 million e-mails in one 24-hour period in 2007. At its height, the Storm botnet accounted for 8% of all malware on Microsoft Windows computers.

Of the 182.9 billion emails sent and received worldwide every day, roughly 97.4 billion are spam messages.

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