Introduction To Email

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This is for those who have never had an email account and would like to have one. We will go over the basics of email, set up an account, and practice sending and receiving a few.

This is for those who have never had an email account and would like to have one. We will go over the basics of email, set up an account, and practice sending and receiving a few.

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  • 1. Introduction to Email This project has been made possible by a grant from the U. S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.
  • 2. What is Email?
    • a method of sending messages electronically from one computer to another
    • short for electronic mail
  • 3. How does it work?
    • Like a post office
    • @ symbol is always used in email addresses
  • 4. Anatomy of a message
    • Address line
    • Subject line
    • Body
    • Attachments
  • 5. Getting an account
    • Free web based services
      • www.hotmail.com
      • www.yahoo.com
      • www.gmail.com
    • Be sure to write down your email address or user ID and Password and keep them in a safe place
  • 6. Exercise! Time! Let’s go to www.gmail.com and get new email accounts.
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  • 11. Compose a message
    • Address: [email_address]
    • Subject: Practice message
    • Text: Intro to email is the BEST!
  • 12. Netiquette
    • Always keep in mind that email can be intercepted and read by others
    • Do not use abusive, obscene, sexist, or racist language in messages
    • Get permission before forwarding someone else’s message
    • Include the subject of your message in the subject field
    • Avoid using all uppercase letters (it implies shouting)
    • Do not send anonymous messages
    • Do not send chain letters
  • 13. A note of caution
    • Internet scams and spam
      • International Lottery
      • Stranded foreign business person
      • Large amounts of money with no cost to you
      • Bank and credit card company requests for personal information
      • Anything from someone you don’t know with an attachment
    • Remember! If is sounds too good to be true then it probably is!
  • 14. Thanks for coming
    • Be cautious but still have fun.
    • Any Questions?
    • Feel free to repeat this class or sign up for others at the circulation desk