Electronic mail, commonly known as email or e-mail, is
a method of exchanging digital messages from an author to one or more
recipients. Modern email operates across the Internet or other computer
networks. Some early email systems required that the author and the recipient
both be online at the same time, in common with instant messaging. Today's
email systems are based on a store-and-forward model. Email servers accept,
forward, deliver and store messages. Neither the users nor their computers are
required to be online simultaneously; they need connect only briefly, typically
to an email server, for as long as it takes to send or receive messages.
An email message consists of three
components, the message envelope, the message header, and the
message body. The message header contains control information,
including, minimally, an originator's email address and one or more recipient
addresses. Usually descriptive information is also added, such as a subject
header field and a message submission date/time stamp.
do I get an email address?
There are many ways to set up an email. Firstly you can visit a site like MSN's Hotmail. Here
you can set up a free email address/account and start sending and
receiving emails. However, the obvious drawback is that your
email address will be email@example.com. An
email address like a domain name must be unique so there may be a
strong possibility that your preffered email may not be available.
If you end up with an email like firstname.lastname@example.org,
it does not look like a professional email address.
A quick fix is firstly to register a domain name. Once you
have done this you can generally purchase some email addresses.
The big advantage here is that you can have a much more
professional looking email address such as;