Copyright 2004 by Cordell Vail
(Please change this email address to the format before you send it)

I have had so many people ask me what the difference is between a Web Page address and an Email Address. Someone wrote me again to day and was very confused. They put their email return address as That is not the first time that has happened. So I decided to publish the letter I wrote back to this person. I have changed the name so the person would not be embarrassed if it were known they needed a little instruction. We all need help at one time or other. So here is the letter I wrote.

Dear xxxxx,

If you would like me to I will give you a little class on web names and email addresses to help you get started.

there are two different ways you can recognize a Internet Web Address. The first is a name that starts with http:// and the second are names that start with www. The two are also often typed together (which is the correct way) http://www. If you have the http:// then you normally always would have the www with it. There are a few exceptions and that is not important. But normally you do not need to put the http:// on the front in your Internet Browser or in your email programs. Most word processing programs like MS WORD also recognize them now too and just know they are Internet NAMES. That is why they become underlined and turn blue. So that way you know they are not normal names or words. When they turn blue and are underlined, then you can double click on them with your mouse cursor and it will actually open the Internet for you (IF YOU ARE CONNECTED) and go right to that Web Page for you. Therefore it is called a LINK. When ever you see a word like this underlined and in blue you know it is a live link you can click on and it will take you right to the web page without you having to retype it.

EMAIL is a whole different thing. ALL EMAIL ADDRESS WILL HAVE AN @ in them. Web page address NEVER have an @ in them. That is how you can tell the difference. And they never have www or http in an email address. So if you want to think of one as being like your post office box (the @) and the other like your telephone number http or www (An Internet Web Page). They are totally different animals.

So when you see word in an email or letter that has the @ in the middle it normally will also be underlined and in blue. That depends on hour email program. But if it is underlined and in blue then you can just double click on it and it will open up your email program and start a new email to that person. If your email program does not underline it or turn it blue then you have to retype it on the new email.

So here is a quiz for you

which of these are email addresses

ANSWERS: just look for the @ sign in the middle. If there is no @ sign then it can not be an email address. Normally email addresses end in .com just like a web page or they can end in .org or .net or .mil .... That part is the same for both email and Web pages. And that is the part that makes it seem confusing. Because they both end in .com or .net. But just watch for the www or the @ and you will always know which is which.

Another thing that you may want to know about email are those symbols on the email form.

means the person you are sending it to

means the person who is sending it (you)

If you put an email address in this box, it will send a carbon copy of the email to them at the same time. Both the TO: person and the CC: person will get a copy. That way you can send a copy of the email to your mother and your brother at the same time without sending it twice.

If you have that does the same thing as CC: but the person getting the copy can not see who else received it. So if you wanted to send a newsletter to all of your business contacts and not have them see each others email addresses you would put them all in BCC (blind carbon copy) and only one person (or even yourself so you get a copy back and know it went out) in the TO: Then all your business associates would not know who else you were sending the news letter to. If you will look at our news letter the TO: is newsletter and you do not see your own email address anywhere. It is in the BCC. That way you can not see the other 150 people on the newsletter mailing list and send things to them yourself... PRETTY CLEVER WOULDN'T YOU SAY? But before you think it is too clever, you may also want to know that some places block emails coming in with more than 10 addresses in the CC or BCC to try to stop chain letters and junk mail. So if you are going to send a lot of mail like to a family news letter try getting an email program like EUDORA that will let you mail to a mailing list and it it sends the emails on the mailing list ONE EMAIL AT A TIME so they are not blocked. And it also hides the mailing list like the BCC does so other can not see the addresses of everyone on the list. NO YOU CAN SAY THAT IS CLEVER!

This is a box where you can type a short message so the person getting the email can see it before they open the email.

Hope that helps

Your friend
Cordell Vail, W.B.
See you at the bank depositing money

P.S. Ok so lets have another little test here on WEB PAGES
Try double clicking your left mouse button on one of these links below now and see what happens (consumer page) (business page)

It should take you right to on of my other web pages with out you having to do anything but double click on it.