Facebook announces Facebook email - @facebook.com

Today Facebook held a press conference for their latest announcement. The company announced that they will be launching an email service for Facebook, but with a twist. The new email service will have a chat-like service so users can communicate between one another.

Facebook announced that there is 350 million active users using the service today, that is an astonishing number, compared to the 550 million registered users the site contains. People share up to 4 billion messages on a daily basis, through the chat feature.

The new Facebook Email service won't be your traditional email service, but with a social networking, immediate chat twist. The new email service will be able to help speed up how users communicate with one another, through email.

The three main features to the service will have seamless messaging, conversation history and a social inbox. Users will be able to have an @facebook.com email address, and with that email, they'll be able to have instant inbox alerts, the same concept as Google Instant Search, with conversation history and a social inbox, using an algorithm to filter out all the messages you don't want.

The email address will use your public vanity url. If you currently have a www.facebook.com/yournamehere, you be able to register your yournamehere@facebook.com vanity. The email service is completely optional to users, and isn't forced onto users.

Adjusting your Facebook email settings is easy. You'll be able to move your favourite contacts into your direct inbox, getting instant alerts from your top friends. You'll also have a second message center, with contacts that aren't on your priority list.

Microsoft will also play a role in the Facebook email inbox, with Outlook Web Apps. With Web Apps integration, users will be able to use Microsoft Office documents like Word, Excel and PowerPoint to share with friends and family, a feature already integrated with Facebook and docs.com.

Users will also get to connect their account with Windows Live SkyDrive, offering up to 25GB of online storage for school work, photos, and personal documents you can share across computers, friends or use as additional storage.

The Facebook iPhone application will receive an update very shortly, with the new inbox messaging system. Users will also be able to send and receive messages via SMS, so you'll be able to text your friends, and have it appear on their Facebook page instantly.

  

Facebook also explained their reasoning for purchasing fb.com. Media contacts and staff at Facebook will use @fb.com email addresses, while every user will be able to use @facebook.com.

      

Update: You are now able to request an invitation here, though there is no word of when you will receive one.

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So every spider on the web will be able to find your email address by going through facebook profiles. SPAM city surely? facebook.com/joebloggs will be joebloggs@facebook.com right?

Hope their Spam filter is good.

EDIT. Never mind. Whitelisting is involved. Glorified chat system by the looks of it.

I think this is doing to just decimate other mail services (gmail, live mail, etc). Damn near everyone already uses facebook and you can bet that most users will register a mail account with fb and start using that. I mean, you're on fb, why not be on your mail account at the same time on the same site. It'll make sense to the average user.

Now that Facebook has finished violating your social privacy they're going after your private privacy. I am sorry but I don't trust these jackasses one bit.

ManOfMystery said,
Now that Facebook has finished violating your social privacy they're going after your private privacy. I am sorry but I don't trust these jackasses one bit.


nobody is forcing you

ManOfMystery said,
Now that Facebook has finished violating your social privacy they're going after your private privacy. I am sorry but I don't trust these jackasses one bit.

I think it's hilarious that people want to put their personal lives online and then expect privacy.

Skyfrog said,

I think it's hilarious that people want to put their personal lives online and then expect privacy.

What is sad is that nowadays so many people are putting their lives on FB ...... and ten years from now they will badly regret it.....

Was discussing this with a couple of mates... lets say your a friend of a friend of a friend and i end up on your profile. In the URL i see facebook.com/yourname... Whats stopping me emailing yourname@facebook.com and spamming your message inbox anyway even if you have messages turned off for none friends...?

Nicholas-c said,
Was discussing this with a couple of mates... lets say your a friend of a friend of a friend and i end up on your profile. In the URL i see facebook.com/yourname... Whats stopping me emailing yourname@facebook.com and spamming your message inbox anyway even if you have messages turned off for none friends...?
Well one of two things. One, you need to whitelist people (from what I read, haven't tried it myself as I don't use facebook), which means just because you know someone's facebook email address, doesn't mean you will be able to email them, let alone spam them.

And two, it could work off privacy settings to an extent, if your sending from facebook to facebook it could check privacy settings and, depending on how they are sent (if your messages are disabled for non-friends for example) it would block the email from sending (or spam-filter it out, similar to above).

The fact you have to whitelist people though is what would annoy me about it. Sure it blocks spam really well, but it also has a MUCH higher chance of blocking legit email you might want, with no way of knowing (from what I understand it doesn't simply move stuff to a spam inbox, it simple doesn't show the user period....but I may be wrong, I don't use facebook personally) until the person who sent it contacts you another way (think email requests for job positions and what not, and other email you may not be expecting but may be beneficial).

Nagisan said,
Well one of two things. One, you need to whitelist people (from what I read, haven't tried it myself as I don't use facebook), which means just because you know someone's facebook email address, doesn't mean you will be able to email them, let alone spam them.

And two, it could work off privacy settings to an extent, if your sending from facebook to facebook it could check privacy settings and, depending on how they are sent (if your messages are disabled for non-friends for example) it would block the email from sending (or spam-filter it out, similar to above).

The fact you have to whitelist people though is what would annoy me about it. Sure it blocks spam really well, but it also has a MUCH higher chance of blocking legit email you might want, with no way of knowing (from what I understand it doesn't simply move stuff to a spam inbox, it simple doesn't show the user period....but I may be wrong, I don't use facebook personally) until the person who sent it contacts you another way (think email requests for job positions and what not, and other email you may not be expecting but may be beneficial).


From what they explained, the 'whitelist' is made automatically depending on your choice (friends, friends of friends, etc). So if someone outside that network emails you, it would go into the 'others' folder.

One journalist asked a very good question: what happen when I have a facebook friendship with someone but we are not really friends (more like acquaintances) and facebook dude was like: we assume all of them are actual friends. IMO she made a very good point.

AKLP said,
Gmail --> Create new filter --> @facebook.com /block
-job done
Hmmm......can we create an auto-reply saying we do not accept email from facebook.com?

AKLP said,
Gmail --> Create new filter --> @facebook.com /block
-job done

Oh this could be a problem, I redirect all facebook emails to a seperate email id (which i never use), this would block @facebook.com email from friends as well...

I hope they include great Facebook Messages support in Windows Phone 7, with a later update. I would also like the messages UI to be more like the SMS UI is on Windows Phones and iPhones - I think the speech bubble kind of idea works well.

All in all, I will probably use this over Hotmail, if I like it once I've played with it.

I love the idea of combining everything into one and the fact all is needed is a person and a message.

One fine day they (facebook) will stop you from logging in.. they have this 10 page terms and conditions, all your important data and network is gone!!
Thank God its not same with gmail.

That is why they introduced the back up feature within facebook now that stores all that in a zip file so every now and then you should back up your stuff if you don't its you fault!

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