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What Happens When Gmail Users Hit Send?

Google released Tuesday a new interactive webpage called The Story of Send which helps users understand not only what happens when they hit ‘Send’ on an email in Gmail, but also the high-security and relatively low-energy footprint of its data centers.

The website shows each step of the journey, from the moment you hit send on your computer right through until your email reaches its destination, and every stop along the way.

Along the journey, you can take a step out and view videos, photos, and more, all in an effort to build an understanding of what goes into getting an email from point A to point B.

Google has long been proud of its energy efficiency, and recently — though it won’t admit to when — it switched over to an even more energy-efficient system for its cloud storage systems.

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