The interwebs were abuzz about Facebook introducing an email service, something that would compete with the likes of Gmail, etc. While that is not entirely true, the social network revealed, at a press conference held last week, an evolved messaging service that they believe would be the “future” of communicating electronically.
“This is not an email killer,” Zuckerberg said. “This is a messaging system that includes email as one part of it.”
Zuckerberg believes that email will not be how modern messaging is all about, even calling it slow, while emphasizing the new product that he believes has the seven characteristic that will define “next generation” messaging: seamless, informal, immediate, personal, simple, minimal and short. I would love to get a job application that is informal and short, and especially personal.
The new messaging service, called Messages, will tie multiple forms of communication, such as SMS, IMs and email, from Facebook and other platforms to enable users to communicate in real-time from anywhere around the world.
“You decide how you want to talk to your friends: via SMS, chat, email or Messages. They will receive your message through whatever medium or device is convenient for them, and you can both have a conversation in real time,” Facebook wrote in a blog post
There are three main features of the new service: Seamless messaging that, as aforementioned, will tie in different mediums of communication; chat history; and a social inbox for “filtering exactly the messages you want to see”.
Messages is only available on invite-base at the moment, but the company said it will be rolling it out over the coming months. Also, as rumored, Facebook users will eventually be offered an @facebook.com email address with their usernames working as suffix.