- 1971: Computer engineer Ray Tomlinson sends the ???rst electronic mall message. Tomlinson has since forgotten what the message said.
- 1976: Queen Elizabeth II becomes first head of state to send an electronic mail message.
- 1978: The ???rst electronically- sent advertisement goes out, over a network of government and university computers.
- 1982: The word ???email??? is ???rst used. The first ever smiley emoticon is invented by Scott Fahlman.
- 1989: Radio man Elwood Edwards records AOL’s iconic ???Welcome,??? ???File is done,??? ???Goodbye,??? & ???You???ve got mail???
- 1997: Microsoft buys Hotmail for about $400 Million & Microsoft Outlook is released.
- 1998: The word ???spam??? is added to the Oxford English Dictionary. Warner Brothers releases “You’ve Got Mail” which tops $250 Million at the box office.
- 1999: A fraudulent emall claiming that Bill Gates plans to share his wealth with Internet users begins to circulate. It is forwarded by millions.
- 0n an episode of “The Simpsons,??? Homer reveals hls emall address, chunkylover53@AOL.com.
- George W. Bush signs into law the CAN-SPAM Act, the US’ first national standard for sending commercial email.
- FTC Codifies email spam laws.
- LOL and other internet acronyms are officially recognized in the Oxford English Dictionary.
- Multimedia emails are introduced after the MMS World Congress in Vienna.
- 2005: SPF, the ???rst technology that verifies email senders??? identities, is established.
- Google makes Gmall available to the public worldwide.
- Anti-phishing security protocol DKIM is adopted by the Internet Engineering Task Force.
- 2008: Presidential candidate Barack Obama compiles a database of over 13 million email
- 2011: The Associated Press Stylebook changes ???e-mail??? to ???email.???
History Of Email 40 Years 1971 – 2011 Infographic
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