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Text of the 'first email ever sent'

2011-01-08 12:14:33


Wikipedia's article on email includes the text:

   The first email ever sent contained the letters "Qwertyuiop".

This is repeated in other articles on the net.

Seems like such a claim should be validated. I don't recall ever hearing about it and would assume that it's incorrect, since I haven't seen any definitive agreement on what the first email system was, nevermind what its first message contained.

My understanding is that email was a feature of the first timesharing systems, which puts the likely first message in the first half of the 1960s.


  Dave Crocker
  Brandenburg InternetWorking

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