Mark Zuckerberg finally launches improved Facebook messaging system, not an email killer

By on Nov 16, 2010 in Internet, Technology Comments

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg finally launched its improved messaging system, in which he said it can help users communicate faster and more seamlessly with their friends.

The announcement was made during the Facebook event in San Francisco on Monday, which has been expected as earlier reported.

“This is not an e-mail killer,” Zuckerberg confirmed. “This is a messaging system that includes e-mail aspects to it.”

As explained by Joel Seligstein on the Facebook blog, he cleared that ‘Seamless Messaging’ is not e-mail but rather a conversation in real time, as there will be no subject lines, no CC (Carbon Copy) and BCC (Blind Carbon Copy).

Users then will decide on who among their friends they want to talk to, via SMS, chat, email or messages. The messages will then be received in whatever medium or device convenient to them.

An @facebook.com email address is being provided to every Facebook user who wants to have one, which means people can share with friends over email, whether they are on Facebook or not.

Another feature to be added is the ‘Conversation History’, wherein all messages with someone can be put together in one place, whether they are sent over chat, email or SMS, and can all be seen as a single conversation.

The next feature is what they call as the ‘Social Inbox’, where the Inbox will only contain messages from your friends and their friends, while other messages will be contained in a separate folder.

In the near future, Facebook said the ‘Next Generation’ messaging where users can just select friends by name and be able to share with them instantly.

As reported by CNN, Zuckerberg said he and his engineers were inspired by chats with high school students and admitted they seldom use e-mail because “it’s too slow” and “too formal.”



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