IT430 E-Commerce GDB Solution Spring 2013

Consider the two familiar (but alike) scenarios of sending a letter by post and sending an email message by using a computer and internet.

Discuss / Comment by writing  few lines that briefly describe the differences between these two processes with respect to the following stages:

  1. Lack of difficulty in creation of a message
  2. Ease of sending a message
  3. Ease of interception of a message

Note: A concise, coherent and to the point answer is preferred over lengthy comments having irrelevant details. Comments, posted on regular Lesson’s MDB or sent through email will NOT be considered in any case and any request about such an acceptance will not be catered.


Differences and Similarities of Email and Post Office mail.
Today we are going to discuss some of the differences and similarities of Email and the Post Office.

The post office has been around for over 230 years. During the early start of the government based company, the was little to no competition. People communicated using the USPS for many years, that was the most basic way to reach family and friends without spending more that 20cents. Then came the internet in the late ’60s to early ’70s. By this time technology was looked at as a luxury, something only the smart and rich owned. With the internet, electronic mail (email) was invented. It connected people easier than ever before. It created a threat to the old postal service way of communicating.

Differences: Some of the differences between the postal service and email are; the speed. Email is a lot faster and more efficient. People can communicate through email in a matter of seconds while the postal service can take up to five days. Another difference between email and the postal service is writing. With email, you do not get to see the sender’s handwriting; rather you see their choice of font or graphics. Lastly, the postal service has an adress they deliver to no matter what the recipient’s name is. In otherwords, if your name is on a letter sent to your neighbor’s address, the neighbor receives the mail no matter what. However, email does not have that feature. You have to correctly use the recipient’s email adress or else the mail will not be sent, it will sent it back to you as an error.

Similarities: Some of the similarities of email and the postal service is the greeting. When email was first invented, it did not include such things like greeting cards like the postal service did. Now greeting cards can be sent via email. They too can come and usually come with sounds and songs.