Facebook Messaging Announced - Should Google Worry?

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Social network giant Facebook announced today it will be rolling out what CEO Mark Zuckerberg called a "modern messaging system," according to several news reports. Of note I said messaging system, not email. This new roll out contains a new twist on how we think of email and conversations. Here is what the talk around the water cooler has this new messaging system doing. I stopped by Joel Seligstein's blog post on the subject and he had this to say.
  1. You decide on how you want your messages; e-mail, chat, Facebook messages or SMS text messaging. YES everyone will get a @facebook.com email account as well.
  2. It seems wrong that an email message from your best friend gets sandwiched between a bill and a bank statement. It's not that those other messages aren't important, but one of them is more meaningful. With new Messages, your Inbox will only contain messages from your friends and their friends. All other messages will go into an Other folder where you can look at them separately. If someone you know isn't on Facebook, that person's email will initially go into the Other folder. You can easily move that conversation into the Inbox, and all the future conversations with that friend will show up there.
  3. Conversation histories - Messages will be in one place no matter how they are sent. You can see everything that was discussed in one neat little place.
Zuckerberg stressed, "This is not an e-mail killer. This is a messaging experience that includes e-mail as one part of it," according to tech blog TechCrunch.
For example, an e-mail could be received as a text message and vice versa. "People should share however they want to share," said Facebook engineer Andrew Bosworth. Want to learn more try these links out for size. The Facebook Message Tour Joel's Blog Post This is a real exciting venture if it works they way they are explaining it. I can't wait to try it out and kick the tires. So tell me what you think.

Comments (4)

Susan Brown
Keller Williams NE, Kingwood Texas (Humble & Atascocita too) - Kingwood, TX

Mark, Pretty interesting.  I'm interested in seeing how this pans out too.

Nov 15, 2010 09:22 AM
Jack Mossman - The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton
The Nines Team At Keller Williams - Stockton, CA
The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton

Mark - the email systems all seem to fall prey, sooner or later, to spam.  I get spam now on Facebook ... unless they are making some progress there ... the effort of migration isn't worth it to me.

Nov 15, 2010 09:37 AM
Mark Menzella
RE/Advantage - Fairfield, NJ
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The system was not built to be the anwser to spam but a new way to look at messaging.  Since FB beleives a large majority of your friends are members, if you send email within the system it will be protected.  All other mail will go to your "other" box and will have no better protection then gmail.  The difference is they treat email, SMS, Chat, etc. all the same and group all these conversations by "friend" rather then transport. So it is just another way to look at communicating.

This will appeal to people who want to enguage the converation.  I love gmail's strong business support like docs so I am happy with gmail.

Nov 16, 2010 10:30 PM
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

Although I’m at Facebook, I don’t like it. I suppose eventually I’ll have to embrace it because I don’t think it’s going to go away.

Happy Holidays!

Dec 03, 2010 12:33 PM