Welcome to a new addition to the Sendmail blog, “Email Fun Facts!” While we will continue to deliver posts highlighting company and industry news here, we also want to talk more about…that’s right email– but in a more light-hearted nature that will give you something to rattle off at the water cooler of the next office party. Every other Friday, we would like to share with you a post with surprising and interesting trivia about the world of email.
For example, have you ever wondered just how many emails are sent every day? In April 2010, the Radicati Group, a technology market research firm, issued a report that estimated that in 2010, there was approximately 294 billion emails sent per day. This means that more than 2.8 million emails are sent every second and about 90 trillion emails are sent per year. We have said in the past and continue to support the fact that “email is not dead.”
And, I’m sure all of you are quite aware that many of the emails that fill your inbox weren’t exactly invited. A whopping 90 percent of the millions and trillions of messages are spam or viruses, according to the report, with only about 1.9 billion users sending legitimate emails.
In fact, the first spam message was sent out on May 3, 1978, when a DEC marketer sent news of a new computer operating system to approximately 600 recipients within ARPANET, the first major wide-area computer network. It was the last spam message to be seen for some time, as it was not received with a very positive reaction. Obviously…that is something that has changed.