If you have either of the two major internet browsers, Netscape or Internet Explorer, there is an E-mail program built in. When you first set up your account with an internet service provider, you'll be asked several questions which will set you up to receive E-mail and read newsgroups. Your E-mail address will be your user name, followed by the 'at' symbol, which is shift-2 on the keyboard, and then the domain name of your internet service. An example might be 'your name, at, internet service, dot com.' In addition to these basic programs, there are dedicated e-mail programs available that give you a number of extra options. You can separate mail into specific folders depending on words contained in the message, automatically send responses to certain messages, or include pictures in the outgoing message. As E-mail gains popularity, new features are constantly being added. You can get beeped on your pager whenever a new message arrives, or call an 800 number to have your messages converted into speech so you can listen to them. You don't even need your own computer to have an e-mail account. Several places on the web now offer free e-mail services that you can access from any computer.
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