Facebook messaging system: Brilliant idea or privacy concern?
Update: It's not email, folks. It's better than email. So sayeth the Facebook CEO. The "modern messaging system" will create a seamless messaging experience between the phone, email, and instant messages; it will recognize which emails are more important than others, based on your interaction with the sender; and it will keep a running conversation history that crosses all platforms.
The messaging system will be rolled out in the next few weeks. The Post's Rob Pegoraro has a full recap up of Facebook's announcement.
Though it isn't definite yet, most tech insiders are betting Monday's Facebook announcement at 1 p.m. will be about a Facebook mail service. It will rival Google, Yahoo and MSN e-mail vendors but will also be tightly integrated with Facebook. Users will likely not have to leave their Facebook pages to send and receive e-mails. This could mean trouble for Facebook rivals, as the social networking giant already breaks the records for nearly every Web metric (time spent, traffic, news dissemination, display ads, etc.).
While some users may be excited to embrace a mail service on Facebook and quit with their e-mail providers that are chock-full of Facebook notifications, others may not be ready to give Facebook access to their mail service, thus handing over another piece of their personal life to a social network dogged by privacy complaints.
| November 15, 2010; 11:01 AM ET
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