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The standard story states that Ray T sent the first mail between systems using an "@" in '71 - but years later RFC 733 in '77 - and RFC 805 as late as February '82 both have "host indicator" or "at indicator" defined as eitherat or @. (It's gone by RFC 821 in August '82). It would be interesting to know if this was ever used in practice. Snori (talk) 15:23, 9 July 2015 (UTC)
What separators were used outside of ARPAnet email?
Hello everyone, I was doing some research on SMAP (Simple Mail Access Protocol) and was wondering why it is not included in the Types section. As I don't know much about it I'm not sure if I should write. famfop (talk) 09:05, 29 November 2015 (UTC)
I read the article to put y0our comment in context, and I not that none of the listed items is a type of e-mail. Rather, they are protocols for accessing the same type of e-mail. Shmuel (Seymour J.) Metz Username:Chatul (talk) 21:32, 29 November 2015 (UTC)
The assertion that the first email was sent in 1993 is wrong. The UK's Joint Academic Network (JANET) implemented email in the early 1980s. It permitted researchers and students to communicate between universities and other institutions on the .ac.uk and .gov.uk domains. The addresses were big-endian (vs. little-endian as used today). I regularly sent emails to and received emails from students at other universities in 1984. It was a true email system based on the definition given in this article.
The first email to be sent was by Ray Tomlinson in 1971.
Please amend the article with appropriate links to indicate the use of email more than two decades earlier than the claimed year given in reference 2.
As I read the article, the claim in the lede is that 1993 marked the year the term "e-mail" was used. The year is never referenced again. And (below), that 1971 was the year the first ARPANET email was sent. And 1965, the first host-based email system. Barte (talk) 15:39, 19 January 2016 (UTC)