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Nothing on the Internet ever stays the same way for long. The Net is an ever-changing, ever-evolving thing and what is hot today may not be hot tomorrow. I mean, when was the last time you heard of the Netscape browser? Or the Alta Vista search engine?

The same applies to email. Constant innovations and improvements over the years have made it bigger and better than ever before – but as we start to see its true potential, are we about to abandon it in favour of social networks instead? Or can the two peacefully co-exist with one another?

Our infographic today shows the evolution and revolution of email. From its concept in 1965, to the first email being sent in 1971, to the 2 billion email messages that we send each day today.  Did you know that Hotmail got it name from HoTMaiL (HTML – get it?), and that LOL, OMG, TMI and FYI are officially recognised as real words by the Oxford English Dictionary?  Shakespeare is probably rolling in his grave by now.

Let us know in the comments below what you think of our infographic today. Do you prefer email over social networks (or vice versa)? Which one has the most advantages and why? Do you see email dying out eventually in favour of something like Facebook or Twitter? Or will we always have some form of it around for the 1990’s Internet kiddies like me?

Infographic Source: Visual.ly
Image Source: 28 Dreams

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