RIP Norm Tomlinson, 74. He invented email

He designated the use of the “@” sign for email addresses. Before Tomlinson, the @ wasn’t used for much of anything.

I interviewed Tomlinson a couple of times in the 90s. If I recall correctly, he was trying to launch micropayments on the Internet – pay a penny for a joke, that kind of thing. Nice guy.

Inventor of email and savior of the @ sign, Ray Tomlinson, is dead at 74 / Dante D’Orazio / The Verge

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