E-mail has become a mainstream form of communication, and sending and receiving an e-mail is seamless and so quick, that we don't even think about how a message gets from point A to point B. Google has launched a website called The Story of Send, which essentially shows you how an e-mail gets from say, your smartphone to the recipient's computer and vice-versa. The idea behind the Story of Send is to show you how your virtual information makes its way through the real world – from your computer, to your Internet service provider, to Google's data centers and steps beyond that, till it gets to the recipient. The Story of Send does this by having you press “Send”, as if you're sending an e-mail, and taking you through every step, explaining what happens in each step.
As you go through the various steps that an e-mail goes through, you'll also see extras like photos and videos. Many of these include how Google's data centers, particularly the big one in Finland, are kept eco-friendly. Google explains how they regulate temperatures in the server rooms as well as how their employees wear shorts to work to explain how they stay in a green place and are comfortable to work. Other videos show you how Google protects your data. From physical protection like the various checkpoints employees have to go through to get to work to encryption, Google attempts to show you how your data is staying only in their hands. Other snippets, include how Google filters spam from your regular mail. And if you see all the stages, you might also find a vampire or two lurking around.
An e-mail enters the data center