Facebook launched their new Facebook messaging service with fanfare saying that it would be a great way to communicate with people, with less spam. However, it looks like they still have quite a lot of work to do with fighting spam in Facebook Messaging.
According to a Business Insider writer, his Facebook Email account has already received a spam message where the sender said that he had won some money and in order to get it, he would have to send some personal details along. Such type of spam messages are very common with regular email and are usually marked as spam by services such as Gmail and Hotmail.
However, Facebook messaging is yet to encounter such messages and will have to filter such messages out and mark it as scam. Facebook Email/Messaging is yet in its infancy and not widely used, so they still have a lot of time on hands before a huge number of users begin to use.
Time to start polishing the rough edges then.. I mean spam filters to track such common spam messages. No?
I knew this was coming, however, it came sooner than I excepted. Invites for the recently launched Facebook email/messaging are selling on eBay. However, if thought that it would not get any takers, there are already 19 bids with the latest one going for $117.50.
With more than 23 hours left for the bid to finish, the final price could touch the roof. Facebook is going to roll out the service to all users gradually, but till then you will come across several such smart users who will make money of something which is actually free. If you are in a hurry to get an invite, don’t buy it, just learn how you can get a free Facebook email invite for yourself. Patience is a virtue and the invite system is a trap, stay away from it.
Update: The sale does not look as bad it sounds. Entire proceeds of the sale of the Facebook email Invite will be given to a charity called Susan G. Komen for the Cure-Global Headquarters.
Facebook today announced the next generation of messaging dubbed as Facebook Social Messaging. Using the service you can communicate with your friends using IM, SMS and of course email too.
However, Facebook Social Messaging is only a invite-only affair right now and you will have to wait to get an invite before you can use it. Excited? Well, so am I, but am still waiting for that elusive invite to come by.
If you cannot wait to get your hands on an invite you can request for one at the official Facebook site. Be aware that lot of scams for the Facebook messaging invites will come by in the next few days, so be wary of what you click or share. Go ahead and request an invite for Facebook Mail/Social Messaging at http://www.facebook.com/about/messages/
Facebook has updated their iPhone App with the new social messaging feature they announced today built in. Unfortunately there is nothing new to report or add at this time since the system is invite only. I’ll try and get my hands on an invite soon and write up more about the Facebook email aka Facebook Social messaging.
In the meantime grab the new Facebook iPhone App from here. Unfortunately there is no news when an updated app for Android coming..
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.
Some interesting stats from the conference includes that 350 million users use Facebook 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 iPhone 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 upâ€¦