E-mail? How to write it and what to do with it?

iMail, eMail, Email, EMail or E-Mail? How do you write it, what is it and what can you do with it?

eMails are nowadays no longer to be imagined without. You need it for almost all activities on the Internet. For example, if you want to register in social networks, stores or newsletters. Meanwhile one can use a simple eMail, also already for paying. PayPal even allows you to send money to someone by email. Also owners of a smartphone are often automatically logged in with the email data stored in the smartphone, if they want to use the app.B. Install apps. Many don’t even know that, due to automation.

I plan to write some more articles about eMail as needed. Therefore this article should serve as a small introduction. I would like to show you z.B. I would like to show you ways how to retrieve e-mails, compare providers and programs, present the program I use and explain the different ways to retrieve e-mails. I limit myself thereby first of all to the possibilities with the PC, since for me the call of eMail over the Smartphone rather (still) does not stand in the focus.

iMail, eMail, Email, EMail or E-Mail?

If you want to write the word "eMail" correctly, write "E-Mail" or abbreviate it and write "Mail". Text programs also like to write "Email", but according to the dictionary this is not correct.
Personally, I have gotten used to writing "eMail". Simply because it is also z.B. the word eBook exists and also words like iPod, iPad, iRobot or eBrief are written after this pattern. &
Besides, I find eMail with the small "e" more dynamic than E-Mail.
By the way, e-mail is pronounced like I-Mail.

Personally, I would simply throw into the room that e-mail is perhaps a very tolerant word. Perhaps it becomes also times a flexible word, which one may write, how one would like. Finally, it belongs, according to Duden, spelling-wise also to the rather difficult words.
Grammatically "e-mail" would be absolutely correct. "Mail" as short form also. And all others, who play with upper and lower case, enjoy for me artistic liberties, which loosen up the correct picture in the Internet a little bit. &
I try, for this article, to keep to the correct spelling for once. &

But what is e-mail?

E-mail is really no different from the good old letter, only in a digital form that is also much more environmentally friendly. & Therefore one says z.B. also: "I have received an e-mail" or if one has received more or simply does not know how much one has received: "I have received e-mails" or "I have received mails". If you write from the plural, then you just add the "s" (without an apostrophe) and write not E-Mail’s, but Emails.

If you spend some time on the Internet, there is a good chance that you will only receive one e-mail very rarely. As soon as one registers or enters oneself on Internet pages, z.B. where the protection of personal data (which includes the e-mail address) is not so important, it can happen quickly that you get the first spam e-mails after a short time. For example, I still see guestbooks on the Internet, where e-mails are still publicly visible and readable by everyone. So a nice greeting can quickly become a spam trap. For small automated computers (bots) it is so easy to collect e-mails. Once the e-mail has been found, read and processed, there is usually nothing you can do about it. Many e-mail providers now offer certain protection measures. And also good email programs already have very good and adaptive protection filters.

Whereby I would like to say of course also that very many Internet sides protect the personal data already clearly more and e-mails can be collected meanwhile also completely differently and for it one gives the e-mail then carelessly, but even completely voluntarily away. With smartphones, but also in some social networks, you can use apps or functions that are totally simple and unproblematic. For example, this can be the case with quite harmless-looking raffles or these "Show me my character or which animal I am or which life path is waiting for me" games. You want to know when you will become a millionaire and you give the function (app) the right to read your profile name, profile picture and your "email address". These are just the requirements or. the rights you have to give to the harmless looking function (app), so that you are allowed to use the function. Since one would like to know when one will finally become a millionaire and what is much more important, because one knows that one’s friends and acquaintances already know their dates, one does it of course. I mean, if a good acquaintance has done it, then you don’t have to think too much about whether it might be wrong. If it would be wrong, the own acquaintances would not register for it either. Or maybe?

But back to the topic – e-mail.

How does the e-mail work?

The sender writes a message, i.e. a digital letter, and sends it via the Internet to the e-mail address (i.e. the postal address) of a recipient. The e-mail is then delivered within seconds (sometimes minutes). And from current cause, it is with the E-Mail also very small that it strikes over weeks. The recipient can then retrieve and read this electronic message when he accesses his mailbox. The mailbox is more or less a digital mailbox. But this also means that if the recipient never empties his mailbox, then he will not be able to read the mail or find out about it. With some email providers it is z.B. also so that the mailbox is quite limited. So the mailbox is already full after 5MB and all further e-mails are then sent back to the sender together with the message "mailbox full". By the way, 5 MB can be reached very quickly in today’s world. Just 2 photos in a resolution of 3648×2432 pixels can already reach 5 MB.
A digital registered letter is also possible with the e-mail. When sending, you can request a delivery confirmation as well as a read confirmation. However, the recipient does not have to confirm the read receipt if he does not want to do so.

Messages become shorter

However, since e-mails, of the text length, became shorter and shorter over the years and the effort for it, that is for these few sentences, was too large, probably thereupon the microblogging resp. the SMS and later Whatsapp invented. & No, fun . No idea. I just wanted to write, that the communication through the internet has become much shorter. Where people used to write pages and pages of letters, many people who write digital messages limit themselves to an absolute minimum.

Even to us blog operators statistics suggest meanwhile not to write too much, because from approx. half a Din-A4 page anyway the first stop reading and from a whole Din-A4, where I am now just arrived … Well, from here separates just probably the wheat from the chaff … Then we can start now with the most important information in this article, so that we value the multi-readers. & By the way, from 3000 characters, which I have already reached in this paragraph, the tendency is particularly large that one will share my article rather. & But back to the topic of "e-mail".

Emails are sent over the internet. However, it doesn’t matter whether you send the emails via a web browser (FireFox, Internet Explorer, Chrome or Co.) or uses a software (Thunderbird, Outlook, etc.) is used. If you choose the latter, you can even choose between 2 variants. POP and IMAP. The e-mail messages are handled differently.
In the meantime, e-mails can also be retrieved via smartphone, which makes the use much more attractive.

There is not much more to tell. Who exactly invented the e-mail, I can honestly not say. There is different information about this. I read in the Suddeutsche Zeitung that scientists can’t agree on this topic. Wikipedia has a completely different inventor. Maybe the email is just a gimmick or a coincidence.
But the fact is that this possibility has become a very significant and important thing and I personally appreciate the e-mail very much.

Thank you

At this point, I would also like to thank the dear YouTuber Tine very much. I saw you at the campaign #TrauDirWasZu and just spontaneously wrote to you, because I find your channel "Wissensschatz" really great. And she then drew me this funny picture on the subject of "i-Mail". That was totally spontaneous and I am really thrilled that she said "yes". Thanks a lot. &
Just have a look at Tine’s channel:
Knowledge treasure channel on YouTube

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