So we were expecting that Facebook will launch a new Email service but we were wrong (Not completely). Facebook think Email is too slow for communication and that’s why they have launched new features call
According to Facebook stats, almost 350 million users are using Facebook messaging system. According to Mark Zuckerberg, next generation messaging needs following element:
He emphasize more on one on one messaging more than one to many. One point which I liked the most in his announcement “ When you send a SMS people are likely to open it but it’s not the same with Email.”
Today Facebook introduced three new features which will be start of next generation messaging.
Three new features added by Facebook today are:
- Seamless Messaging
- Conversation History
- Social inbox
Seamless messaging option will let you communicate via different ways like messaging, IM, SMS and Email. Zuckerberg added this is not email but still it will handle Email. People are going to get facebook.com Email address.
Do you use an iPhone? Unlike other mobile phone (Nokia, Samsung), it puts all the SMS history with one person under one SMS thread. This is more like the same but will have all the history under one box.
Social inbox let you see Email you have received from your social network. More likely from friends on friend. From people you might know. This way you will receive less or no spam at all.
I’m not sure about this, but your Facebook privacy setting is going to play a major role here.
Here is an official video from Facebook team about this new Facebook messaging system:
Facebook is launching IMAP support which is going to be real killer. As you can have all the conversation on your desktop using any IMAP supported Email client. Also an updated Facebook app for iPhone is coming with all these features integrated within it.
What will be your Facebook Email address?
I know Zuckerberg is saying he has not launched Email service but it’s more or less an Email service. Now the question is what will be your Facebook Email address. If you have setup a username for your Facebook profile (read: http://www.facebook.com/harsh.agrawal) , you will have an address like:
So your Facebook Email address would be : [email protected]
I hope to see this new feature soon for my Facebook profile so that I can test and comment more on this new Email feature of Facebook.
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