The first email message
You would never know that dull anxious pain that accompanies poring through your overflowing Outlook inbox if it weren’t for Ray Tomlinson, a programmer who sent the first email -- a test message to himself -- back before the Internet was the Internet.
The first search engine
A full four years before Google even launched, WebCrawler was the first search engine to provide full-text search. It changed hands several times over the course of the late ‘90s, but still exists today as a metasearch engine that blends top results from Google and Yahoo.
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