Email is just one of those things that isn’t going to die anytime soon. It’s a very efficient way to communicate and get work done on the web.

40-years is how long email has been around as a form of quick communication. It has evolved from only the “nerds” using it and seen as something uncool, to one of the most common ways to communicate both personally and professionally.

Email has been around years before the actual term was coined. Email has become so common and widely known, one of the premiere dictionaries, Oxford English Dictionary has added many new words that derive from the use of email.

Just this year, the holy grail of journalist books, AP Stylebook, amended the spelling of e-mail to email, allowing the age-old question to be answered.

For the 40th anniversary of email, Reachmail created a infographic to take you through the history of this popular communication platform.

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