The History of Email – Infographics

I don’t know about you, but it feels WAAAAY different to send an Email Marketing Campaign to few hundred people (number of subscribers to DIYB) versus tens of thousands of emails (number of subscribers to Triberr).

Every time I do it -about once a month- I pause, check all the links, then pause again, then check the links, then pause…I get totally OCD about it.

Anyways…I was doing some research, found few nifty Infographics and figured I’d share them with you guys over the next few days, starting with the History of Email infographics.

The History of Email – Infographics

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I really enjoyed that little trip down memory lane.

You Always Remember Your First

Do you remember the very first email you ever sent? I do.

I friend of mine had a file I really wanted to get my hands on. I don’t remember what the document was about, probably something about how to download ripped music files or something…maybe it was a hacking document. I used to be quite a nerd :-)

Anyways…we didn’t have a floppy disk handy (remember those?) so he suggested I set up a Hotmail account so he can attach the file in an email.

We didn’t have email in school (this was mid 90s) but I was very aware of Hotmail and what it was. I just never used it before. So, I set up my very first email address on Hotmail. I signed off, my friend hopped on his account and he emailed me the file. I went home (next door) to download the file to my computer.

My very first email was a thank you note to my neighbor for hooking me up with the file I needed.

Do you remember the very first email you ever sent?

Dino Dogan

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  • _harsha

    Oh man, setting up an email for the first time and recieving an email was like the proudest moment at that time. We were doing a project together and he was sending a image (gif :P) It was rediff i guess. Every technology becomes old in short time, thats the beauty. But going to those old days is really fun ! Thanks for bringing those memories back :)

    • http://diyblogger.net/ dino_dogan

      Thats true. New technology becomes common place rather quickly. What would we do if the Internet went away tomorrow? yikes :-) @_harsha

  • SuzieWarner

    OMG – I Remember sending my first, do you?! The History of Email – Infographics http://t.co/vDiQDoaj via @dino_dogan and @AskAaronLee

  • tsbandito

    @AskAaronLee wow, I didn’t know email was put in that early here in NJ at the UMDNJ!

  • tsbandito

    @AskAaronLee it is a shame they skipped BBSes, fidonet, majornet, etc though 😉

  • GeeklessTech

    With the number now at a staggering 3.1 Billion account, almost 100% growth from 2009, those calling for the end of e-mail may be a bit premature. Just a touch…

    • Chrisina_Loyd

      @GeeklessTech I agree. I live inside my inbox. Besides, all social media platforms rely on email for notifications. If anything, web 2.0 (or are we in 3.0 now? ) is only extending the life span of an old technology like email.

      • http://diyblogger.net/ dino_dogan

        Great point, Chrisina.

        The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated. ~ E. Mail

        @Chrisina_Loyd@GeeklessTech

  • http://eyeonsocialmedia.com/ MikeBrooks

    Can’t remember my very first email but I know it was with AOL in 92ish. This story brought back the fond memories though. I remember losing my entire college senior thesis the night before it was due because of a bad floppy drive. Had to re-type the entire thing starting at midnight. Wish I would have been smart enough to have emailed it to myself.

    • Chrisina_Loyd

      @MikeBrooks yikes. #ThatIsAll :-)

    • http://diyblogger.net/ dino_dogan

      Did email systems even support something like that back then? I know we can email ourselves these days, but back then, I imagine it would come up invalid address or something, no? @MikeBrooks

      • http://eyeonsocialmedia.com/ MikeBrooks

        @dino_dogan@MikeBrooks

        Probably not. I can remember that only because of it’s catostophicness. Otherwise, I can barely remember what I had for breakfast. Sometime I even forget to… wait… what were we talking about?

  • troublesometots

    I went to Carnegie Mellon which was big into email before email was big (we used a proprietary UNIX based email system called Andrew that was already in use when I got there in 1989). I also was surfing the web before the HTML interface was developed and everybody was FTPing files to numeric IP addresses.

    Course I hate to discuss these things because they make me sound like I am ONE MILLION YEARS OLD. Which is why I want to make it very clear that I am a Dougie Houser-like genius and was in college when I was 5.

    • http://diyblogger.net/ dino_dogan

      The predecessor to html/hyperlinks was called Gopher. Is that what you guys used? @troublesometots

      • troublesometots

        @dino_dogan With my Dougie Houser-like genius mind I should be able to remember, but I can’t exacly (Gopher does sound familiar). But you can’t hold it against me because, as mentioned, I was only 5 at the time.

        • http://diyblogger.net/ dino_dogan

          Of course 😉 @troublesometots

  • http://www.mynotetakingnerd.com/ Lewis LaLanne aka Nerd #2

    I kinda pissed because I’m not remembering in this moment who was at the receiving end of my first email but I wish I would’ve started with a bang like this guy . . . http://dontevenreply.com/ LOL Love this guy’s sense of humor – definitely not for the faint-hearted.

    • http://diyblogger.net/ dino_dogan

      I have that dude’s book. Very hilarious. @Lewis LaLanne aka Nerd #2

  • http://www.mynotetakingnerd.com/ Lewis LaLanne aka Nerd #2

    I kinda pissed because I’m not remembering in this moment who was at the receiving end of my first email but I wish I would’ve started with a bang like this guy . . . http://dontevenreply.com/ LOL Love this guy’s sense of humor – definitely not for the faint-hearted.

  • BruceSallan

    I don’t remember what I had for breakfast, let alone my first email!

    • http://diyblogger.net/ dino_dogan

      We should create a revolutionary social media platform called DailyMeals.com that records everything you eat, ever.

      Ok, that started out as a joke but now Im thinking it’s not such a bad idea lol@BruceSallan

  • http://b2bdigital.net/ Wittlake

    No, I don’t remember my first email. But looking at those account numbers back in the mid-80’s… I think I have more emails today than there were email accounts then. Yikes!

    I love mqtodd ‘s claim that he doesn’t even look at most email anymore. He follows back everyone in social, and just ignores the pool of spam that his email has become. If accounts keep growing like this, we may all have to adopt his approach.

    • http://diyblogger.net/ dino_dogan

      Im not quite as bad as Mike. But at the time of this writing, I have 28, 237 unopened emails lol yikes, thats depressing. @Wittlake mqtodd

  • asianastroboy

    “Every time I do it -about once a month- I pause, check all the links, then pause again, then check the links, then pause…I get totally OCD about it.”

    1996 – ‘…most used INERNET based email system’

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