When did you first use what we call E-Mail (aka email) today?

Marc

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Tell us your story. I first used email in the 1980's as a Wikipedia reference-linkFidoNet node, and also working in the defense industry.

When did you first start using "e-mail"?
 
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somashekar

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I am not sure of the year, but a service provider had provided the email id, which I used to send mails to others, by going to his center and paying for the PC time used. I used to collect prints of received mails for my record purpose when needed. There was nothing like spam mail then ...
 

Michael_M

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I got my first e-mail address back in 93 or 94 when I used the local collage to get on the something called the Internet (using dial up, 2400 baud if I remember correctly). Back then I (we) did not have internet browsers so I had to memorize the address I wanted and navigate like DOS.

I did not use the e-mail much since I only knew of one other person who had an e-mail address and we mostly used the phone. E-mail for file transfers was way too slow, it was faster to just drive it over.
 

jfries2

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When I was working for IBM during the 80's, we had PROFS (PRoffessional OFfice System) for intra-company email. PROFS gained infamy during the Iran Contra scandal where Oliver North thought he had deleted his emails, only to learn that they were archived by the system.
 

Ninja

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Very early 90's...the big VAX core system with dumb terminals..."email" was only possible within the VAX network.

Had a terminal in the fraternity house, with a modem where you dialed a phone then put it in the 40# cradle and listened to the beeps and whooops to verify the connection.
Haven't seen the word "baud" for a long, long time...
 

Bev D

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Late 80's work email. Only within the company and it was on the VAX network. Dumb terminals but you could get white, green or orange text! I actually had a 9kbaud modem and a terminal in my apartment so I could access email and our ERP system from home. It was so cool...
I got one of the first aol accounts in the early 90s...
 

ncwalker

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1981. I was a kid poking around on BBS being yelled at for tying up the one house phone at 1200 baud.

(My kid stuff was CRITICAL, I tell you, CRITICAL. I needed those POKE and PEEK codes. Mom, you can just WALK to the neighbors).
 
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