August 30, 2011 marked the 29th birth anniversary of e-mail. It has been 29 years since e-mail first touched and transformed our lives. And since then, it is going strong, indeed very strong. Can you remember the first e-mail that you ever drafted? Was it sent to your friend or a family? Sending e-mail has become such a routine task that forget about the first one, I can not even guess the last one i drafted a day before. E-mail has become the most convenient mode of communication, both at personal as well as professional front. It has rather taken the form of an inevitable factor in our daily lives. Its electrifying speed to communicate our messages to the requisite person has astonished us. And on its 29th birthday, not only its inventor, Dr. V. A. Shiva Ayyadurai, but all its dedicated users are also looking forward to its continuous growth as an innovative messaging system.
Dr. V. A. Shiva Ayyadurai, the creator of "E-MAIL", says that in spite of the fact that text and chat have gained immense popularity, e-mail is irreplaceable and still endures its status. He further says that this structured and formal scripting method is here to sustain for long. Postal letters have seen an extreme downfall in their popularity since the invention of electronic mail (E-mail). E-mail has changed the conviction of several traditional processes. Many of us still remember the use of carbon paper while writing a letter to get a duplicate copy; the carbon copy is now the Cc of an e-mail. To make the work more convenient, e-mails have been fully furnished with associated factors like "To:", "From:", "Date:", "Subject:", "Cc:", "Bcc:", and "Attachment."
According to Dr. V. A. Shiva Ayyadurai, "It was fascinating. Cc literally meant carbon copy. A secretary would put a piece of carbon paper between two sheets of white letter and type to create a carbon copy, on which was sent to the original recipient and the other to the person Cc'd. Such an analysis and understanding was new in 1978. I spent the next three years building the first Electronic MAIL system."
For this innovative invention, he was awarded the Westinghouse Science Award in the year 1981. In the same year, the inventor applied for the Copyright. Getting the copyright was painstaking, and it took over a year for the inventor to explain the Copyright office what e-mail was. But finally, the e-mail was issued the Copyright on August 30, 1982, which in real sense marked its first Birthday. And messaging since then never looked back to its conventional style of letters and post cards.