The Revolution Of Email [INFOGRAPHIC]

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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?

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Generally I prefer email communication to social networking. However they each have their slightly different purpose. email is to social networks as vice-grips are to pliers.

Email has one very important thing that almost no social networks have. That is multiple service providers interconnecting and providing a single cohesive experience. With social networking you choose a provider and can only communicate with users of the service(s) to which you belong. No account with Facebook = Almost no interaction with Facebook users which is very unlike email. No account with Hotmail = no problem just use any email provider to talk to your friends on Hotmail. I am watching the Diaspora project closely for this very (vendor proprietary and locked-in vs vendor independent and open freedom) reason.

Because email is non-vendor specific and really old, it is very embedded in everything, also it was designed for incredibly low even flaky system/network resources so it runs very efficiently. I don’t see email going away anytime soon. Even my router is capable of communication via email.

Mark O’Neill

That’s a very interesting point you make about email being non-vendor specific. There will always be people who will not use social networks for whatever reason so email will always have to be around to cater to them.


furni planet

I’m afraid of our future! :)

Mark O’Neill

Why are you afraid?


Rhys Davies

Email will stay around for a while longer as they each are used for different types of communication social media is used for quick updates such as i’m doing this now or chatting with friends live while email is designed for messages you want to read and will sit there waiting until you read them

Mark O’Neill

Judging by the state of my inbox, you could well be right! :-)


Gregori Gualdron

I think mails in the future will be more full of interactive content. Google has started to present us this, with it’s embeded “Forms”, Youtube Videos, Google Voice Mailbox… etc…

The other “email providers” haven’t got the message but they will have to… or dissapear..

Great article, very illustrative.
Thank you

Mark O’Neill

Yes, Gmail has always been the ground-breaker when it comes to showing the others how to do things.

You would have thought that the others, such as Yahoo, would have finally got the message by now but it seems they are still asleep at the wheel.

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