At an event in San Franciso Monday Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg unveiled the new Facebook Messaging System. The service is a mash-up of IM, SMS, and email.
Zuckerberg called email, “slow” and “too formal”. He also commented that he came up with the idea after talking to high school students who say that they don’t use email due to the afformentioned reasons.
Today’s consumers don’t want to take the time to find email addresses, write a subject line, compose introductions and salutations. They want to have a more conversational method of communicating. Facebook hopes to make it easier to connect to your friends, family, and business associates.
This service is not email. It is what they call ‘seamless messaging’. Users will be able to SMS, email, and IM one or more users all in one seamless thread. Groups can have online conversations and also retain a history of these discussions for later reference. However, as part of the new service Facebook is now offering @facebook.com e-mail addresses.
You can view a video of the announcement here:
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