Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Best of the ICFW Archives ~ The History of @

By Rita Galieh

How would we ever send our emails without this symbol? I've often wondered how it came to be. Maybe you have too.

Called the “snail” by Italians and the “monkey tail” by the Dutch, @ is the absolute essential of electronic communication. Thanks to e-mail addresses and Twitter handles, this appealing little @ has even been inducted into the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, which cited its modern use as an example of “elegance, economy, intellectual transparency, and a sense of the possible future directions that are embedded in the arts of our time.” Hm, very interesting.

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