Facebook published Monday that it is forming a fully developed email system into its 500-million-member-strong social network. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed the new email offering, which the company says will be presented to users over the next couple months or so.
Mark Zuckerberg published a insoluble messaging system called Facebook Messages that blends email, Facebook messages, SMS, and chat into a “modern messaging service.” Facebook’s existing 500 million users will now be able to get an “@Facebook.com” email address that can certainly allow them to connect within and outside the Facebook social network.
With that being said, users will never have to leave Facebook to send an email to a friend, but rather click a new email link on Facebook to compose a new new email and send a message. The messaging offering has been constructed from the ground up and is not just an improvement of Facebook’s existing limited Messaging system.
“We can do things that will help you see the emails that really matter on top. It’s a similar algorithm used with the news feed to put the most important people and content on top,” Zuckerberg says.
With the capacity to to communicate with people outside the Facebook system, Facebook will be catching email addresses and further specifics that didn’t presently exist on its servers. Zuckerberg recognizes this, but says that the resources is being captured to make the messaging tool wiser and easier to use. He rejects that the information compiled via Facebook’s messaging platform is going to be used to target ads, or shared with advertisers or marketers, or made readily available to Facebook app makers.
The move made by Zuckerberg makes absolute perfect sense; it’s merely the most recent volley in Facebook’s war with Google to be the location in which people spend most of their time on the Internet. Google right now owns this honor, but Facebook has verified that its habit forming service can hold people’s interest for long periods of time. In terms of Internet advertising and marketing, this is incredibly valuable.
Facebook is evidently making an attempt to match all of the services that Google now delivers around its core search proficiency. Beyond Facebooks social network service’s messaging capabilities, you can also undoubtedly share links, photos, and video clips as well. There’s also an instant messaging chat tool. A joint venture with Skype allows you to make voice calls from the platform; Google only only just added this capability to Gmail. Email is the piece that has been surely missing, and now it is here.
It is, expected that “vanity” Facebook URLs, like www.facebook.com/example will turn into email addresses, like firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s certain that there will be more discussion of privacy concerns around this move, as Facebook starts hosting our email data at its very own servers. What new information from our email will Facebook round up and add to our social profile? It’s the same deal: are you determined to give up somewhat more of your privacy in substitution for a free and convenient new service?