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A Look Back at 44 Years of Email

Posted by Willie Pena on January 22nd, 2015 at 9:27 am

We’ve seen plenty of changes over the past 44 years, and one of the most significant changes is how email has become a staple in our everyday lives. In celebration of emails 44th anniversary this year, let’s use this infographic from email marketing provider Reachmail to take a look back at the evolution of email.
Electronic mail was officially invented in 1971, when Ray Tomlinson, a computer engineer, sent the first electronic mail message (a message he no longer remembers the contents of). Electronic mail made its way over to the other side of the pond, and in 1976, Queen Elizabeth II became the first head of state to send an electronic mail message. Two years later, over a network of government and university computers, the first electronically sent advertisement debuted.
In 1982, computer users decided that “electronic mail” was too much to type; thus, the abbreviated “email” was born. That same year, Scott Fahlman created the first ever smiley “emotion” as an alternative way to express feelings. In 1989, AOL’s signature phrases were recorded by radio man Elwood Edwards, and the sentences “Welcome,” “File’s done,” “Goodbye,” and “You’ve got mail!” became ingrained in the brains of e mailers everywhere.
In 1997, Microsoft... Read more

Don't Leave a Message

Posted by Dan Roche on January 16th, 2013 at 9:48 am

When was the last time you purchased an answering machine? I bet you can’t remember. I certainly can’t. Do you even know how much they cost these days? I actually had to Google to see that I could obtain one of these basic devices for six or seven dollars.
Not only have I not purchased an answering machine, or voicemail service, but I rarely even leave voicemail messages. It seems I’m not the only one. According to Internet phone company, Vonage, the number of voicemail messages has dropped eight percent (comparing figures from July 2011 versus July 2012). So, what is happening to voicemails?
People just aren’t leaving voicemails, and even fewer people are checking them. Vonage also found that voicemail retrieval dropped 14% (July 2011 versus July 2012).
Texting, emailing and instant messaging are quickly replacing voice calls and messages. Phone calls and the subsequent voicemails are seen as interruptions and are often met with annoyance and apathy. Written messages, on the other hand, are viewed as less invasive. For me, I can respond to a text message or email with a quick, short response, but returning a voicemail always involves more time. Also, by providing written responses, I can clearly outline... Read more