Back in the Dark Ages, when AOL was only available through dial-up modems, receiving an email was a sporadic event. The cheery “You’ve got mail!” voice — as enthusiastic as if it were saying “You’ve got a tax refund!”—prompted users to leave their chat rooms or pause Tetris long enough to open the new message.

“You’ve got mail!” became a meme, before “meme” became a word. There was even a rom-com movie, “You’ve Got Mail,” starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, in the days before he landed a commercial jet on the Hudson River.

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