Facebook Statement: “It is not Email”

In my post yesterday I suggested that Facebook may add email to their services. Today Mashable confirms “It is not email”. Messages3

Apparently this Facebook messaging system will be a more seamless, chat-like experience with a ‘social’ inbox. This would mean that the inbox will reflect the relationship you have with a sender or recipient of the email (I got that part right).

The system will run on multiple platforms, including phones.

I certainly hope it is not like Google Wave.

All is explained in this blog post from Facebook’s Joe Seligstein.

What I noticed:

  1. It is like a unified messaging system because it creates threads of conversations, indifferent if the messaging was done by text, email of Facebook writings.
  2. It will come with a ‘@facebook.com’ email alias.
  3. There is a reference to voice in the blog: “Relatively soon, we’ll probably all stop using arbitrary ten digit numbers and bizarre sequences of characters to contact each other.”
  4. They make a good point that the system should find out what the best way is to get a message to a person. Some may prefer email, others may prefer texting. By just entering the message, the system should figure out the delivery method.
  5. They make a point of not needing subject lines – messages are sorted by the people they got send to.

There is a good video explanation on the blog entry by Joe.

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