Facebook Email Is Not Email But Social Messaging

If you did not tune into the live event from Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg announced that every Facebook user will get a @facebook.com user email address. However, the product they announced is not exactly email, but more of social messaging service.

Facebook Email

Some interesting stats from the conference includes that 350 million users use messages to send 4 billion messages. Mark also said that Facebook’s new product is not exactly email but a social messaging. The new product is similar to the current Facebook messaging system but will also allow users to send you email through your Facebook email ID.

Facebook messaging will also work through the new app they will be launching today and SMS too. Mark elaborated that Facebook is not creating an email killer and in-fact does not expect users to close down their email accounts. Facebook messaging is more about messaging through IMs, messages, SMS and more.

Facebook messaging/email will be an invite only system, so you will not be able to access it till you are invited. Facebook messaging will also support IMAP in future.

The official blog post for Facebook messaging is up now, read it here. You might be able to take tour of the messaging system at http://www.facebook.com/about/messages/ though it does not look to be live yet.

More details coming up…

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