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Listserv

Listserv was one of the earliest and most influential electronic mailing list applications. Released in 1986, the application is still going strong and in wide use around the world. Listserv introduced a wide variety of email list management features we take for granted today, such as automated subscribing and unsubscribing without the intervention of a human list curator, message templates, and spam filtering.

Before the advent of web-based discussion forums, a significant amount of internet-based discussions happened through automated Listserv-administrated email lists.

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