From the start, the Internet has been touted as a means for enhancing human communications, and among the many communication protocols available in the online world, few have had the impact of electronic mail (email). You already know email and Web (its official protocol name is HTTP), but do you remember FidoNet, NNTP, Gopher, UUCP, Archie, Jughead, Veronica, or WAIS? All of these are, in one form or another, antiquated methods of communicating over the Internet. AOL had its own technologies, which weren’t compatible with CompuServe’s or Prodigy’s technologies. Email was the great level playing field which was available to all, so it became the standard we now know.