Electronic mail, or email, lets you communicate
with other people on the Internet. Email is one of the basic Internet
services, and by far the most popular. You can use it for any type of
conversation; it's a way to keep in touch with friends, get information,
start relationships, or express your opinion. Much of the time you'll
be exchanging messages in plain text form (like the words on this page),
but you can also exchange files in other formats such as spreadsheets,
files for word processors, images, or programs. You can use email to join
discussion groups and access other Internet services, but you can get
to those other services using your Web browser as well. You can send messages
to anyone with an Internet address, and likewise, you can receive email
from anywhere on the Internet. With over 30 million people having some
sort of connection to the Internet you've got the opportunity to communicate
with people nearby and around the world in a relatively quick and efficient
How Email is Exchanged Between Computer Systems
Finding Someone's Internet Email Address
you get the bug of communicating by email, you'll probably start to
wonder about the email addresses of your friends, and there may be
other times you'll want to know someone's email address. Some methods
and services exist to help find email addresses, but none of them
are guaranteed to produce satisfactory results every time. A few of
them are listed here.
- Ask! Call or write to ask for an email address. This is usually
the easiest method.
- Check for an email address on a resume business card, stationery,
or a Web page.
- Look at the return address in the From:, Return-Path:,
or Reply-To: email headers.
- Send email to postmaster@domain-name.
- Consult some directories for collections or lists of email
addresses or Web pages. Several of these are available on the
- Read and use FAQ: How to Find People's E-mail Addresses maintained by David
Alex Lamb (email@example.com).
- Use an automated service.
Several sites run services, online information databases and other
systems that contain ways to find email addresses. Here's a list
of a few.
Email from the Internet to Other Networks
most extensive list of ways to send email from one network to another
Mail Guide currently maintained by Scott Yanoff (firstname.lastname@example.org).
|| "A Beginner's Guide to Effective Email", by Kaitlin Duck Sherwood
E-mail Web Resources
Mail: Frequently Asked Questions, maintained by David Alex Lamb
and Answers about Netscape Messenger, ZDNet Help Channel
With Email Limitations
Emoticons and Acronyms
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