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why @ (at the rate of) symbol is used in an email id?

Updated on January 6, 2014

The '@' symbol is used to distinguished between the User ID 'n Domain name (like hotmail,yahoo,rediff etc).

Some more facts about email Email was invented in 1971 by a computer engineer,called Ray Tomlinson, who worked for Bolt Bernek and Newman(BBN)-- the company chosen by the United States Defense Department to build the first internet,way back in 1968 The '@' symbol in email addresses was chosen by Tomlinson because he wanted a keyboard character that didn't occur in people's names.It is said that he just spent just 30-40 seconds to think up the choice of symbol.

You Know the first mail which was sent (between two computer that were actually sitting besides each other),bore the text 'QWERTYUIOP'. the first row alphabets on a QWERTY keyboard

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      Muhammad Dilshad 

      3 years ago

      this is a specific symbol without this symbol we can't run our email .

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      ayush saini 

      3 years ago

      Pls anyone explain me why use (@) in email id?

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      JBR KHAN 

      3 years ago

      I did not know that why do we use the symbol of (@) . Thanks for it.

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      Nishu Shukla 

      5 years ago

      Ok Like This.

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      swt suman 

      5 years ago

      thanks to provide a useful information

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      sushanta kumar sarkar 

      6 years ago

      good..................

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      praveeb 

      6 years ago

      nice ans .... just awesome

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      kundan kumar 

      6 years ago

      Thank you Ray Tomlinson..for

      give ANS

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      deepakpande 

      7 years ago

      i am happy to knew ans

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      ebin 

      7 years ago

      Thanks to Ray Tomlinson..for @

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      santosh 

      7 years ago

      its a great......thanks.....

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      thota srinivas 

      7 years ago

      very nice answer please sent more technical and internet related terms meanings to mail. my mail is thota.phani@rediffmail.com

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      bharti 

      8 years ago

      very great information

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      kumar 

      8 years ago

      I too don't know , why we have to ctrl+C and ctrl+V the "at the rate symbol ", here in hungary

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      Kudlit 

      9 years ago from Laguna

      This is interesting stuff. Thanks for sharing!

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      shreekrishna 

      9 years ago

      great info

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      shreekrishna 

      9 years ago

      great info

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      R.Ramachandran  

      10 years ago

      Information is world. Such information helps many to know the background of anything. Thanks for the people behind this information in this web page.

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      pravin prasad 

      10 years ago

      The information is really informative...

      Thanx

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      Jeevan K Augustin 

      10 years ago

      Very helpful info. At last i got it. i don't know the past behind the @ symbol and the email. thanks a lot.

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