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How E-mail has developed over 5 decades

November 26, 2021 | Debbie Turner

Here at OSM we do love a good infographic. They are a really good way of showing facts and figures in a pictorial form that allows the information to sink in more easily and recent examples we’ve looked at include one on the PlayStation Move and another on social good and online charitable giving. Now we’ve spotted a new infographic which details the evolution of e-mail.

It’s strange to think that to some (younger) people e-mail is just something that’s always been around, while to others of us (older) people it still seems relatively new, but in fact it’s been around longer than you might think. The infographic shows how e-mail has developed over 5 decades and also takes a look at the growth of the dreaded spam. It comes to us by Splashpress Media over on The Blog Herald and the actual infographic came from Infographiclabs.

The first section on the pictorial shows how e-mail works and then goes on to look at its history and it’s odd to think that the @ symbol that we know so well today was actually included on the first typewriter keyboard back in 1885 but remained largely unnused until 1971 when it was used by Tomlinson in the very first e-mail message ever sent.

The history comes right up-to-date with the release of Google Wave in 2009 and Google Buzz this year and then goes on to show some interesting statistics such as the fact that 2 billion e-mails are now sent every day. It also looks at the increase of spam and the geographical origins of spam. It really is worth taking a look so for more go to What are your thoughts on this infographic? We’d be interested to know so feel free to send us your comments.

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