Pros and Cons of Facebook's "Non-Mail"

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Pros and Cons of Facebook's "Non-Mail"

Post by GD on Mon 15 Nov 2010, 10:59 pm

Mark Zuckerberg insists that Facebook's new Messages service is not e-mail, because it combines e-mail, SMS, IM, and Facebook messaging into a single thread.
But as Facebook rolls out its non-mail service over the next few months, users will be able to get facebook.com e-mail addresses, and use Facebook's Website or iPhone app as a hub for all written communications (Facebook hopes). The intention is obvious: though Zuckerberg says he doesn't expect people to drop Gmail and Yahoo Mail immediately, he says that, over time, people might prefer Facebook's simpler system.
Here are some of the pros and cons of the new Facebook Messages:
Pro: Single Point of Contact
Facebook's big pitch is that you no longer have to remember the contact method of choice for friends and family. Currently, you might have a relative that only checks e-mail or a friend who is best reached by text message. If these people use the new Facebook Messages service, the delivery method would be a non-issue. Just send the message, and the recipient will get it as a chat window, an e-mail, or, optionally, a push notification on their iPhone--whichever they see first.
Con: No Separation
As it stands, the separation of e-mail, SMS, and IM isn't necessarily a bad thing. Maybe you don't want messages from Facebook friends showing up in your inbox. Or perhaps you have contacts from outside Facebook that you don't want to hear from in text messages or chat windows. There's great potential here for information overload.
Pro: No Formalities
A big problem with e-mail, Zuckerberg said, is that it's slow. To send a message, you have to enter an address, think of a subject line, and type things such as "Hi Mark" and "Sincerely, Jared." Those formalities seem superfluous when an entire history of communications with a contact are shown in a single thread, so you can happily trim the fat and just talk.
Con: Formalities Aren't All Bad
The flip side of unified communication is that formalities sometimes exist for a reason. If I'm e-mailing an editor about multiple topics, the subject line gives context. If my parents send flight information before they come to visit, it's nice to look that up at the subject level instead of searching through a massive conversation thread. Sometimes, blind carbon copy is really useful. Ditching the subject isn't always ideal.
Pro: Better Priorities
Gmail's priority inbox was a neat idea, but the algorithm apparently wasn't smart enough for the way I communicate, and nearly every new message was flagged as urgent. Facebook has a better system: By default, your friends and their friends appear in one category. Other e-mails get a second category, and spam is relegated to a junk folder. Then, you get the power to demote overly chatty acquaintances or promote important contacts that aren't on Facebook. You can also change your priority inbox to include only friends, or everyone.
Con: Bad for Business
If you work at a company that blocks Facebook, you're out of luck for checking personal e-mail. Facebook is working on IMAP support, so you may be able to set something up, but it won't be as convenient as visiting the websites of Hotmail or Yahoo Mail.
Still curious? You can request an invite here, or find out more at Facebook's help page (from DS)


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Post by Thistle on Tue 16 Nov 2010, 8:02 am

think i will stick with my email programmes x
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Post by Dell on Tue 16 Nov 2010, 9:05 pm

'Email is dead' claims Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg as he launches 'Google Gmail killer' messaging service

Facebook is to launch its own email service, its founder said last night. In a long-awaited announcement, Mark Zuckerberg unveiled his website’s new messaging system and hailed the death of email as we know it. The 26-year-old said it would go the way of the letter because it was too slow and too formal.In its place he showcased Facebook’s own version which integrates all web and text-based communications.

The service, perceived as a direct rival to Google's Gmail, marks a new front in the ongoing and increasingly bitter battle between Facebook and Google to gain the loyalty of users. Bitter battle: Mark Zuckerberg unveils Facebook's new messaging service in San Francisco. Seen as a direct rival to Google's Gmail, it integrates all web and text-based communications and works instantaneously
Mr Zuckerberg revealed that, as rumoured, the 500million people signed up to Facebook will have access to a ‘Facebook.com’ email address.

Entire conversation histories going back years will also be saved into users’ accounts and spam will be completely filtered out, he claimed. 'We don’t think that a modern messaging system is going to be email,' Zuckerberg said at a press conference in San Francisco.
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'We want people to be able to communicate in whatever way they choose: email, text or Facebook message.'Speculation had been mounting that Facebook’s email account would be a ‘Gmail Killer’, in reference to Google’s successful email service. Even though Zuckerberg denied this was the case, Facebook’s 500million users will mean it poses a huge threat to all its competitors.

EMAIL BY NUMBERS
Hotmail: 362million users.
Yahoo!: 273million users.
Gmail: 193million users.
'Facebook.com': Potentially 500million users for its new messaging service.

Hotmail and Yahoo! have 362million and 273million users respectively compared to Gmail's 193million.

Facebook’s new email system is modelled on instant messaging and on-line chat and will allow people to simplify their communications regardless of how they choose to do it.

Texts, email or instant messages will all come into one ‘feed’ and users can respond in any way they want. One person could text a friend, for example, who will see the message come up on their Facebook page instantly and respond via an instant message or email. Mr Zuckerberg said that he was changing Facebook because young people found email was too much of a ‘cognitive load’. He said of the new programme: ‘It’s not email. It handles email... along with all the different ways you want to communicate. A grab from the new Facebook Messages service which is only available in the US at the moment but will be rolled out internationally soon

Domination: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg talks about the new messaging service rumoured to be a 'Gmail-killer'

'It’s true people are going to be able to have Facebook.com email addresses but this is not email. Email is one way people are going to use this system, but we don’t even think it’s going to be the primary way. ‘The goal of this product is to make it that we can seamlessly integrate across all of these different products very easily.’

Rivalry: Google has banned Facebook from importing its users' email contacts

Facebook's director of engineering Andrew Bosworth said that, over the course of time, users could look back on their relationships with friends going back years in a modern-day version of keeping letters in a box. The changes will be rolled out over the coming months on an invite-only basis before being offered to all users worldwide.

Commenting on the launch, Eden Zoller, principal analyst at Ovum, said: 'An email service from Facebook makes a lot of sense.

'It has a huge base of 500million users that already love to communicate and share, and Facebook is giving them richer ways to do this through virtual gifts, games, location and even voice thanks to the recent integration deal with Skype. 'Adding email to the mix is a logical step and Facebook could tap into user data to provide an attractive, highly personalised service. You would also expect it to push mobile features given its big move in this direction. '

The move will certainly alarm Facebook's nearest rivals such as Yahoo! and Google. In recent months the relationship between Facebook and Google has become increasingly fraught amid the poaching of staff and efforts to throw up barricades to prevent users from easily shifting information, such as email contact lists, between the two platforms.

Ease of access: Facebook aims to integrate text, web and email services for its 500million users

The changes to Facebook have been under development for more than a year and will be rolled out over the forthcoming months on an invite-only basis before going worldwide. Last week, Google began blocking a Facebook feature that allows users to automatically import Gmail contact data into the social networking service.

Google accused Facebook of siphoning up Google data without allowing for the automatic import and export of Facebook users' information. They are also increasingly vying for engineering talent in Silicon Valley. This week, Google internally announced plans to boost salaries by 10 per cent, according to media reports, in a move viewed as an effort to staunch an exodus of engineers and managers to Facebook.

Google has banned Facebook from importing its users' email contacts, a move it says it made because Facebook refused to allow the export of contact and friend data from within user profiles. The expected announcement by Facebook comes as former internet big-hitter AOL is opening the doors to its new web-based email program, code-named Project Phoenix, for a limited number of users. Starting next year, anyone will be able to sign up for access to a beta test site. The Project Phoenix inbox page was designed to make it easier to fire off a quick email, text or instant message with just a few clicks on a ‘quick bar’ at the top of the page. People can also send short replies directly from the inbox page, without having to click on a message first. The new design displays thumbnails of recent photo attachments at a glance, and lets people toggle between several open emails at a time.

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