e-mail: The low-tech foundation
One of the most versatile, and easy to use, features of Internet technology is electronic mail. Once confined to computers connected by an internal network, today this tool is responsible for much of the explosion in Internet services.
e-mail may provide the a new method of communicating with employees, customers and vendors. But it unquestionably provides access to new information from peers, government agencies and other special interest groups.
A dedicated phone line is recommended; it can be the line you share with your fax machine (just recognize that you can't send or receive faxes while you are sending/receiving e-mail).
If you choose one of the online providers - like American OnLine, CompuServe, Prodigy or MicroSoft Network - for your Internet account, then your e-mail software is provided with the service. This route is recommended for start-up because of its ease of installation and use. Just make sure that you do not have to pay a charge for each post (e-mail) that you send or receive.
The more adventurous, or anyone that begins to use e-mail seriously, should consider a direct Internet provider. For this service, you should will need e-mail software. Eudora is a popular software program for the Macintosh or the PC.
One plus of starting with the online services is access to their files of freeware or shareware for Macs and PCs. Eudora is available in these online forums or on a disk with one of the many books touting Internet access kits.
Let's look at President Clinton's e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org. This is spoken as "president at whitehouse dot g-o-v." All mail is not sent directly to "a person." Information from EPA, for example, can be received weekly by "subscribing" to a mailing list. To do this, just send an e-mail to email@example.com with this request in the body of the message: subscribe internetnb-l your name, for example, subscribe internetnb-l Joanna Smith.
This communications tool is spawning specialty newsletters right - and - left. No postage, no post office forms, no printing! Send a newsletter to potential or existing customers. With e-mail delivery, you will save on printing and postage.
As we become more familiar with the capabilities of new technologies, we must change our references about how the world works. Only then will our imaginations be free to maximize this communications medium. So go get familiar!
circa 4th quarter 1995
Copyright Kathy E. Gill, 1996 and 1997. Comments?
Copyright Kathy E. Gill, 1996 and 1997. Comments? firstname.lastname@example.org