Email is the abbreviated term for electronic mail. This is a store and forward system of sending, receiving messages or letters over electronic communication systems, primarily computers. Like instant messaging, email predates the inception of the Internet. MIT was one of the first groups to create a form of electronic mail in the early 1960s with their Compatible Time-Sharing System. This system allowed multiple users to log on to the system and create and store files online on disk. Email formally started in 1965 as a different way for people to communicate to each other.

While writing an email is fairly easy, there is actually a format for writing and email and sending it through use of the Internet and a computer. There are two major sections in an email session. There is the header and the body. The header contains information such as the sender, the receiver, and other information important to the email. The body of the email is the message itself much the same as it is in a handwritten letter. The body of the letter sometimes contains the signature block where a person’s name can be found.

The header of an email contains other pieces of information in addition to the name of the sender and the receiver. In the header there is a section that a person may copy the message to another person. There are two ways to copy a message to another person. There is what is called a cc, which basically stands for carbon copy. Then there is a bcc, this stands for blind carbon copy. This means that the receiver cannot see to whom the message is being copied and sent. The body of the email is pretty simple. This is the content of the message or letter and the sender usually types in a box provided. The sender can have his/her signature automatically entered into all email messages or can choose to add it manually to each message. There are some email programs that allow you to change font colour and style to add flair to your email, while others do not allow any changes to be made.