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David A. Utter is a freelance writer based in Lexington, KY. He has covered technology topics from search to security to online business and has been quoted in places like ZDNet and BusinessWeek. He considers his appearance on NPR's "All Things Considered" with long-time host Robert Siegel a delightful highlight. You can find him on Twitter @davidautter and on LinkedIn.

4 thoughts on “Email Turns 40, But Email Marketing Remains Relevant”

  1. I’m really, really old school. Text only. 90 percent of all email directly to trash. Friends, Family, and identifiable business, only email read. Haven’t clicked on a link or downloaded a image from any email except for very limited friends and family (after careful scrutiny) in over 20 years.

    Actually email goes back a bit more than 40 years…

  2. Agree with Tom – email dates back to the early ’70s at least. So more like 50 years old.

  3. The protocols for modern email was developed by ARPANET (the basis of the internet) in 1973. They were not used all around until the mid to later ’70’s. ARPANET developed the TCP/IP that is the basis for everything on the internet but packets really did not come into play until the early ’80’s. That was when I first used email but it was again to a limited number of people in your network. By the mid ’80’s the networks had expanded and they could talk to each other as long as you were using an ISP (I had Compuserve) that used the basic TCP/IP protocols which most were using and you could send packets. By the early ’90’s ISP’s had expanded to the likes of AOL which started to commercialize everything and everything just exploded from there.

    Any computer from the early ’60’s on that was tied into a network could message each other which were the very first form of an email.

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