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Deberg_1990
11-15-2010, 03:42 PM
Facebook thinks so...


http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_tec_facebook




E-mail secondary as Facebook revamps messaging



SAN FRANCISCO Facebook unveiled a new messaging platform Monday that takes aim at one of the Internet's first applications, e-mail. Though CEO Mark Zuckerberg didn't go as far as declaring e-mail dead, he sees the four-decade-old technology as secondary to more seamless, faster ways of communicating such as text messages and chats. In other words, Facebook is betting that today's high school students are on to something.

"We don't think a modern messaging system is going to be e-mail," Zuckerberg said at a special event in San Francisco.

The new platform, which will be rolled out to users in the coming months, integrates cell phone texts, chats, e-mail and the existing Facebook messages. It seeks to bring together all these different forms of communication in one inbox, centered around the people sending it rather than the type of technology they use. Facebook will hand out (at)facebook.com e-mail addresses mostly to make it easier to communicate with people who aren't on Facebook.

"If we do a good job, some people will say this is the way that the future will work," Zuckerberg said.

By making e-mail part of its communications hub, Facebook escalates its duel with Internet search leader Google Inc., which shook up online communications six and half years ago with its Gmail service. Google has also said it will roll out more social networking features to counter Facebook's growing popularity.

Zuckerberg dismissed notions that the service, code-named "Project Titan," is the "Gmail killer" it's been dubbed by the press.

At the same time, Zuckerberg said he thinks more people will forego lengthy e-mail conversations in favor of shorter, more immediate chats.

The first Internet e-mail system arrived in the early 1970s, and it's been an integral part of people's lives for at least two decades. Though e-mail is still a primary form of communication for older adults, recent studies suggest this is not the case for young people. Text messaging has surpassed face-to-face contact, e-mail, phone calls and instant messaging as the primary form of communication for U.S. teens, according to a 2009 survey from the Pew Internet and American Life Project.

Facebook sees its messaging service as a way to deepen its connection with the more than 500 million users of its network. If it can persuade its vast audience to become faithful users of its e-mail service, Facebook conceivably will have more opportunities to sell advertising that caters to their likes and dislikes.

That ambition also could heighten the privacy issues surrounding Facebook as it becomes more deeply ingrained in people's lives and its computers become a treasure trove of personal information.

Underscoring the importance of the project, Facebook's director of engineering, Andrew "Boz" Bosworth, said 15 Facebook engineers worked on the project for 15 months.

KCUnited
11-15-2010, 03:54 PM
Facebook, revolutionizing the way "...and the hits keep on coming, found out Nana has throat cancer and the hubs is still out of work. Pray 4 us..." posts can be communicated.

DaFace
11-15-2010, 04:10 PM
Perhaps for casual conversation, but anything where you're communicating more formally (people you don't know, business communications, etc.) will probably still be done via e-mail.

seclark
11-15-2010, 04:12 PM
we're going to have a lot less threads around here...
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JASONSAUTO
11-15-2010, 04:13 PM
is email dead? i hope so because kyle said he's selling all of our email addresses

Pants
11-15-2010, 04:18 PM
is email dead? i hope so because kyle said he's selling all of our email addresses

LMAO

teedubya
11-15-2010, 04:22 PM
Google Wave was gonna kill email, too.

Pushead2
11-15-2010, 04:31 PM
oh well.....Stamps will be going up again after this!

Frazod
11-15-2010, 04:41 PM
Perhaps for casual conversation, but anything where you're communicating more formally (people you don't know, business communications, etc.) will probably still be done via e-mail.

This. I almost never send personal e-mails that aren't work-related. I either text, communicate via facebook, or (God forbid!) actually talk to people on the phone.

Demonpenz
11-15-2010, 04:48 PM
emails are annoying, my phone plays Jay-Z when I get a txt.

KurtCobain
11-15-2010, 04:56 PM
emails are annoying, my phone plays Jay-Z when I get a txt.

this new world is amazing

Deberg_1990
11-15-2010, 05:35 PM
Perhaps for casual conversation, but anything where you're communicating more formally (people you don't know, business communications, etc.) will probably still be done via e-mail.


Oh come on.....business can evolve:



Meeting at 10:00AM. Sure to be full of win!

googlegoogle
11-15-2010, 05:45 PM
I heard that guy stole the code for facebook from some other programmer.

He has enough money. Too many mail hosting sites out there.

Reaper16
11-15-2010, 06:03 PM
I like e-mail and paper books.

BigRedChief
11-15-2010, 06:35 PM
Perhaps for casual conversation, but anything where you're communicating more formally (people you don't know, business communications, etc.) will probably still be done via e-mail.I agree. You have to have a paper trail for a lot of business communication. But, OCS and IM make that reason obselete. It ties your AD ID into OCS and saves the conversations on the server just like email. Last two jobs I was at used IM a lot to talk between techs about tech stuff and used email for more formal talk.

Kyle DeLexus
11-15-2010, 07:18 PM
Got my first spam "see my naked photos and videos on my site" message on facebook today......yes email will soon be worthless

JD10367
11-15-2010, 07:22 PM
Everything in some form or another is technically electronic messaging. They can call it e-mail, IM, PM, whatever they want. It's just a different set of dog's ears on the same pig. Who gives a fuck.

Donger
11-15-2010, 07:29 PM
I don't have a Facebook thing. I suppose I will soon be an island unto myself.

|Zach|
11-15-2010, 07:43 PM
Everything in some form or another is technically electronic messaging. They can call it e-mail, IM, PM, whatever they want. It's just a different set of dog's ears on the same pig. Who gives a ****.

People who communicate electronically give a shit.

|Zach|
11-15-2010, 07:43 PM
Looking forward to this. It should generate some interesting things.

Lzen
11-15-2010, 08:10 PM
This. I almost never send personal e-mails that aren't work-related. I either text, communicate via facebook, or (God forbid!) actually talk to people on the phone.

Yeah, but you're old. :p

GloryDayz
11-15-2010, 08:15 PM
I don't have a Facebook thing. I suppose I will soon be an island unto myself.

You can be your own property then... ROFL