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2.5 Billion People Send 144.8 Billion Messages Each Day

Sites include , , . Published on September 17th, 2012. Written by Anthony West.

If you listen keenly to a few experts, you’ll hear mutterings of either the demise, or impending demise of email. The truth of the matter however, is that email is far from dead; in fact, email is so alive, it is taking the likes of Facebook to the cleaners.

According to new data from the Radicati Group, each day over 144.8 billion emails are sent. That number is projected to balloon to over 192.2 billion emails by 2016. Email is still the preferred choice for online communication across most demographics and even though social media is a big part of our daily lives, our inbox is still near and dear to the hearts of most of us.

Facebook has around 955 million active users; email on the other hand has more than 2.5 billion active users around the world. The man who is credited with creating the first email messaging system, Ray Tomlinson, gave some insight as to why after 30 years, email still has such broad appeal: “Email has the time difference – that is, you send it now, you read it later – you don’t have to have someone sitting there and ready to respond like you do with instant messaging to make it work and make it effective. You can use instant messaging that way, but if they’re not there, nothing happens, and you gotta remember that there may be a message coming back to you and go back to the IM client and look for the response.”

Tomlinson is of course, right. But there is another subtle reason email is still hugely popular: “Just like in the real world you get a thrill from receiving mail in the post, the thrill is just as present in the digital realm”.

As long as people have things to say to each other, email will be around.

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