Facebook unveils social messaging system, with Facebook email addresses

facebookFacebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, today unveiled a new social messaging feature on Facebook (official blog post) at the company’s headquarters that aims to consolidate different communication medias into one primary place.

Users will be able to manage different e-mail addresses, their text messages, and Facebook messages directly from one application.

The Messages application would display conversations with friends, and friends of friends, with other non-personal messages being kept separate in another view.

The company says the service would make communicating with friends easier by using a central application to send messages via different methods, be it an e-mail, or an SMS message, instead of having to use non-centralized different communication mediums that are preferred by friends.

The company says its objective is to create a service that is minimal, seamless, and informal.

Facebook will also be launching its own @facebook.com e-mail service for users who want a personalized Facebook e-mail address, but users don’t have to register one, rather, they could use their existing e-mail addresses from other service providers such as Google’s gmail service.

Facebook has chosen not to implement a traditional subject line saying it is not efficient, proving the point by saying the most number of messages sent through Facebook did not even have a subject line at all, with the second most popular subject line being “Hi”.

More than 4-billion messages are transmitted through Facebook on a daily basis, including direct messages and instant messages.

Users will also be able to view select Microsoft Office documents such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint presentation documents from their messages directly from the messaging application in Facebook.

There is also Microsoft Exchange support.

The company will be rolling out the service in the coming weeks, with beta invitations given to a select group of users, including members of the press that were invited to the press event today.

Facebook is planning to release an updated iPhone application that will include the new features, and will subsequently release the updated features for other mobile platforms such as Google Android.

The conversations would remain perfectly synchronized across your mobile devices and your PC browser, meaning that no longer will SMS messages be stuck on your mobile phone, every message (from different mediums) would be accessible from a primary application.

Facebook is also developing advanced privacy settings that would allow users to entirely block specific people from sending them messages, or even going as far as blocking messages from all non-friends.

The company did not disclose a time frame as to the availability of the mobile applications.


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    The plural of medium is “media.”

  • Guest

    I want an invite…

  • Guest

    I want an invite…

  • ShanuAM

    Indeed Facebook is having its own set of advantages by offering united messaging service whcih will directly challenge email systems like Gmail, Yahoo or Hotmail but we shld not jump just bcoz of Facebook brand value behind that. emails are one of the most critical & sensitive form of communication, therefore we should also analyze any new system from security & scalability stand by. trust, Facebook lags much behind on that grounds. Have a look on an article at dazeinfo.com which talks about why should / shouldn’t you kill your current email address for Facebook email.

    Shanu

  • ShanuAM

    Indeed Facebook is having its own set of advantages by offering united messaging service whcih will directly challenge email systems like Gmail, Yahoo or Hotmail but we shld not jump just bcoz of Facebook brand value behind that. emails are one of the most critical & sensitive form of communication, therefore we should also analyze any new system from security & scalability stand by. trust, Facebook lags much behind on that grounds. Have a look on an article at dazeinfo.com which talks about why should / shouldn’t you kill your current email address for Facebook email.

    Shanu

  • http://www.facebook.com/accyluke Luke Daly

    I want an invite aswell! lol

    How long til Facebook Search?

  • http://www.facebook.com/accyluke Luke Daly

    I want an invite aswell! lol

    How long til Facebook Search?

  • http://australianlists.blogspot.com/ Melodysandersons

    Invite and Get #Facebook #messages, chats and texts all in the same place http://on.fb.me/cQZtm4

    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001707529604

  • Niner22

    el facebook es una basura, todas las personas que conozco la usan para tonterias, no hacen nada bueno con eso, pagaria porque no estuviera,monton de gente sin oficio, putas que buscan con quien coger

  • Anonymous

    I’ve already requested an invite and I’m still waiting for it to appear on my messages. Now, the only worry I have is how safe my messages will be on Facebook – especially when you read privacy and bug issues every now and then. Thanks for the info anyway.

    • http://business2press.com Hercules K

      I wouldn’t rush into using the service. Just like in business, diversification lowers your risk…the same goes with FB, don’t put all ur communications into one basket folks.

  • http://www.ibsi-us.com IB Systems

    I look forward to using a new version of Facebook email. Does any body know when Facebook will make it available?

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    even i want to use the facebook email… want to know it as soon as facebook launches it, else the best id’s will be gone in no time….

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