Nov 26, 2006

Email Turns 35

The very first email was sent 35 years ago.

Ray Tomlinson sent that first email message, and it was sent from one computer, across the ARPANET, to another computer—sitting right next to the first one. What was the message? Something like Alexander Graham Bell’s "Watson, come here. I need you"? Perhaps some geeky-er version of "one giant leap for mankind"? Nope. According to Mr. Tomlinson,

"The test messages were entirely forgettable and I have, therefore,
  forgotten them. Most likely the first message was QUERTYIOP or something similar."

Today, something like 60 billion emails are sent every day (more stats). Here’s a funny list of the most (in)famous emails ever sent.