E-mail or electronic mails that were once the craziest fad are now slowly and steadily becoming archaic. With the advent of instant messengers such as Whatsapp, Wechat, hike and Skype there seems to be no buzz about the once trending, much hyped emails. Let us explore the reasons for this.
Originally the term email was used to transfer digitally created messages from one person to one or more persons via the use of the internet. However in 1971, the ARPANET became a fast growing network for the file transfer and is hailed to be the forerunner of the internet. The contents of an email are as follows, the ‘to’ header is to write the email address of the person to whom you want to send the email. The ‘from’ header is to write your own email address through which you have sent the email. The ‘BCC’ or the blind carbon copy field is used to list the email addresses which are not visible to the original recipient of the mail. The next header is the ‘CC’ or the carbon copy in which the addresses conversely are visible to the recipient. The ‘subject’ header is meant for the sender to include a short subject regarding the content of the email and what it requires of the recipient. Then the ‘message body’ area is the space to write the actual contents of the mail. Also through the ‘insert’ field files, videos and photographs can be attached alongside and sent up to a certain data limit. Such messages also have their pros and cons.
For instance, people living in different countries have to follow each other’s time zones and schedule their real communication activity constantly but this is not valid for e-mails. The cons include redundancy of data, duplication of content, loss of context in a conversation and the liability of the statements to be used as offensive. Some impediments to this service include the limit to size of file transfer and the overuse of a certain chunk of information.
However the biggest problem in this service is certainly the viruses it brings along, the email worms, spam mails and the like. Email bombing refers to sending a bulk mail to an email address. This bombardment of mails to one address can cause overload of data and the server to crash.
Email spoofing occurs when a fake email address is created and used to send mails to one or more destination email addresses. Netiquette refers to the etiquette of writing and sending emails. It includes the kind of polite, socially acceptable language to be used, the way in which the sentences are worded and the content. The content is especially important because if offensive content or images are used it can lead up to cyber abuse or crime. A related term in this process is email tracking which refers to monitoring the email activity sent to a particular person. A request is requested and if not delivered an automated mail is generated that calls itself delivery status notification.
Thus the email was not really a bad option for communication and can be sued sometimes as a necessary breather to these instant messengers!