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You may have heard of Facebook Messages by now. It is the new email alternative solution to be offered to all Facebook users within a year. Facebook Messages is currently being rolled out slowly to a small number of users. Millions of people are already showing interest in it and desperately waiting for it. Will it replace something like Gmail completely? Will it revolutionize the messaging trends our current society thrives on?
From the looks of it, Facebook Messages feels like it may indeed revolutionize social messaging for many people. However, it seems to be lacking any way of importing other email accounts, using other email accounts or managing multiple profiles. Of course, this may solely be because Facebook wants you to focus on using Facebook Messages system and abandoning other alternatives. And of course, that strategy can on the contrary be helped further by allowing you to interact with other email accounts the way Gmail and Google Apps do, something which Facebook Messages at this time or maybe forever seems to be ignoring.
So far, while I will greatly enjoy Facebook Messages for interacting with Facebook contacts, Google Apps will continue to be my main source of communication at least in the email arena. Facebook Messages so far has none of the vital business and crucial messaging features that Google Apps offers. People may say that the two products are not the same. However, Facebook Messages is entering the email arena, and thus it is now within the same category as Gmail or Google Apps. It is yet to be seen how the @Facebook.com email part of Facebook Messages will work or what specific features it will have. MySpace email, rolled out over a year year ago on July 30th, 2009, never picked up steam and is still considered a mess. Will Facebook do better?
What is Facebook Messages?
Facebook Messages is the new Facebook interaction platform, an upgrade of the current messages section of Facebook, which will allow you to interact with all your Facebook contacts via txt msgs, email, chat and actual private messages, and all your non-Facebook contacts via email. It is like a full communication system to interact with your contacts. For people who are not on your Facebook friends list, Facebook will give you an firstname.lastname@example.org email account to communicate through, where “your-username” will automatically be your current Facebook username. That email address can be used to communicate with anyone, on Facebook and outside of Facebook.
What features does Facebook Messages have?
Here is a brief list of what I have gathered so far from Facebook Messages help pages, videos and features list:
- Message anyone on Facebook.
- Text anyone on or off Facebook.
- Email anyone on or off Facebook.
- Get an @facebook.com email account with the username being your current Facebook profile username.
- Chat type interface where each communication page is with one single person. All previous messages, emails, txts and interaction is saved forever and resumed whenever you resume messaging a person.
- By default see messages from your friends and their friends on the first Messages default page, and nothing else like groups, ads, bills, newsletters or anything else.
- Add anyone to any conversation.
- By default see only messages from your friends list in your inbox and everything else goes into the “Others” folder.
- Be able to, through settings, block emails from anyone who is not on your contact list. Everyone who is not your Facebook friend, because of such a setting, will get their emails to you bounced.
- All communication from txts, emails, chat or messages will live in one conversation on one single page for each contact.
- All interaction features will be unified. Meaning you could be txting someone while they reply to you via chat and then you can send a msg while they reply to you via email. Everything will continue on as a real-time, live interaction with no hassles and no differentiation.
Here is the official Facebook video explaining and announcing Facebook Messages, making sure to mention someone’s Grandma in the end to ensure that you feel Facebook is completely human. Awwwwww!
Of course, the video doesn’t mention whether or not that same Grandma endorses Facebook copying someone else’s idea of social networking in the beginning or of Mark Zuckerberg saying all Facebook users are “Dumb Fucks.” Ok, enough of salesGrandmas. Back to Facebook Messages!
Get Invited to Facebook Messages
You can find out more about Facebook Messages via the official Facebook Messages Help area. You can request an invite directly from the Facebook Messages section.
Will you use Facebook Messages? What do you think of it? Do you think it will replace Gmail one day? Will your Grandma use it?
Let us know in your comment below!