The first message was QWERTYIOP or something similar – Ray Tomlinson
Quoting Ray on the first email message he sent in 1971. I wonder if Ray knew the impact his invention would have on the world. Or the mainstay email has become in life and business and everything online.
Social, instant messaging, Skype, trade shows and networking events have their part to play as a communications channels. These are important, but, email is the one marketing channel you cannot live without.
In the context of building relationships email has a foundational role.