What is Email

Well we all know,Email is a service which allows us to send the message in electronic mode over the internet. It offers an efficient, inexpensive and real time mean of distributing information among people.

What actually is an Email address

Every user of email is assigned a unique name for his email account. This name is known as E-mail address. Different users can send and receive messages according to the e-mail address and is of the form username@domainname. For example, name@gmail.com is an e-mail address where name is username and gmail.com is domain name. They cannot have spaces.

Components of Email header

The first five lines of an E-mail message is called E-mail header. The header part comprises of following fields:

  • From
  • Date
  • To
  • Subject
  • CC
  • BCC


The From field indicates the sender’s address i.e. who sent the e-mail.


The Date field indicates the date when the e-mail was sent.


The To field indicates the recipient’s address i.e. to whom the e-mail is sent.


The Subject field indicates the purpose of e-mail. It should be precise and to the point.


CC stands for Carbon copy. It includes those recipient addresses whom we want to keep informed but not exactly the intended recipient.


BCC stands for Black Carbon Copy. It is used when we do not want one or more of the recipients to know that someone else was copied on the message.

Some other important terms-


Greeting is the opening of the actual message. Eg. Hi Sir or Hi Guys etc.


It represents the actual content of the message.


This is the final part of an e-mail message. It includes Name of Sender, Address, and Contact Number.

Advantage of Email

  • Reliable
  • Convenience
  • Speed
  • Inexpensive
  • Printable
  • Global
  • Generality

Disadvantages of Email

  • Forgery
  • Overload
  • Misdirection
  • Junk
  • No response


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