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The Illustrated Explanation of Gmail



Here’s a fact that will make you feel old: Gmail is 10 years old today.

On April 1, 2004, Google introduced the beta version of its webmail feature, originally available by invitation only. Ten years later, Gmail boasts more than 425 million users

Recently, in the wake of security revelations, Google announced it would encrypt all Gmail messages. This led us to an obvious question many of us don’t usually think to ask: Where exactly does an email go when you click “Send”? To learn the answer, check out the animated whiteboard video above.

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