Facebook unveils e-mail

The company says its new 'modern messaging system' will be fast and easy. Can it top Gmail?

By Kim Peterson Nov 15, 2010 3:04PM
Credit: © Paul Sakuma/AP
Caption: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg talks about the new email service at an announcement in San Francisco, Monday, Nov. 15, 2010Facebook has officially unveiled its new e-mail system -- just don't call it e-mail.

The kids don't like e-mail. They view it as old-fashioned and formal compared with texting or sending an IM. So Facebook is calling its new product a "modern messaging system," TechCrunch reports.

According to chief executive Mark Zuckerberg, communication needs to be immediate and easy. To that end, Facebook made three components of its system, according to TechCrunch: seamless messaging, conversation history and a social inbox.

You can send an e-mail message. You can also text or chat online and on your phone. And if you really want it, you can get a facebook.com e-mail address (but the system works with your existing e-mail address as well). Post continues after video:
"People are given the choice to opt in to having a Facebook e-mail address as a way to have one destination for all of their messages," a Facebook spokeswoman told USA Today. "But this product is not e-mail. It is modeled much more after Chat."

I like the idea of one central inbox to read through all of your Facebook messages and notifications. But the last thing I need is another e-mail address -- or another chat client.

What do you think, readers? Thumbs up or down on Facebook's newest idea?


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