Facebook Messages – GMail Killer? Not So Much
Despite early suggestions that Facebooks’ expansively named Project Titan would be an email service to challenge existing webmail services such as Google’s Gmail and Microsoft’s Hotmail services, it turns out that the new messaging system “is not e-mail” at all.
Zuckerberg suggested that Facebook believes that modern messaging is seamless, informal, immediate, personal, simple and minimal. “It’s not e-mail,” he said.
The system, however, is essentially modelled after chat, and is composed of three parts: seamless messaging, cross-platform conversation history and the social inbox. The latter is an inbox for filtering the messages you want, organized by the people you care about. It’s designed to highlight conversations with your real friends and be spam free.
According to the Facebook blog post, “Messages is not email. There are no subject lines, no cc, no bcc, and you can send a message by hitting the Enter key.”
Interestingly enough, Facebook is already handing out @facebook.com e-mail addresses to users. If you’d like to jump the queue and secure an “invitation” to get your own address, go here: http://www.facebook.com/about/messages/ and hit the “Request an Invitation” button. We’d recommend this if you are wanting an @facebook.com address, especially if you have a common name. Are you listening John Smith?
The assumption is that the addresses will be issued on much the same basis as personalised Facebook profile URLs were – first eligible request gets the name.
Before you scurry off to get that email@example.com address though, you may want to take a moment or two to review some of the Security Implications of Facebook Messages that have been highlighted by Mashable.
Also, check out this brief video introduction from the Official Facebook blog:
One of the most amusing comments about the new service appears below that video clip: “Can you IMAGINE the ARGUMENTS WITH YOUR GIRLFRIEND if you had everything u said to each? other documented… f@#k that”